Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born on November 6, 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her family's surname was anglicized to Stone when her grandfather, who is of Swedish descent, immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island. Stone began acting when she was 11, with her first stage role in a youth theater production of The Wind in the Willows. Throughout middle school, she appeared in 16 productions with the theater, some of which included The Princess and the Pea, Alice in Wonderland, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also performed with the theater's improvisational comedy troupe.
She had her TV breakthrough when she won the part of Laurie Partridge in the VH1 talent/reality show "In Search of the Partridge Family" (2004) which led to a number of small TV roles in the following years.
Her movie debut was as Jules in Superbad (2007) and, after a string of successful performances, her leading role as Olive in Easy A (2010) established her as a star.
Stone moved to Los Angeles with her mother when she was 15 years old, and began acting professionally soon after. She first appeared in the VH1 reality TV show In Search of The Partridge Family in 2004. The show was a nationwide search for actors to star in a sitcom remake of the hit '70s show The Partridge Family. Stone won the coveted role of Laurie Partridge, and although the show was cancelled after the pilot, it served as a springboard for the young actress' career.