Emma Stone was actually portraying a part of her own life on screen when she was given the role of an aspiring actress, Mia in La La Land. While the American actress was nominated for yet another Oscar this year, Stone’s journey to Hollywood includes all the fascinating drama that one would love to see with all heart.
The 30-year old actress is in a league of her own. But, before even landing up to her first acting role in 2007’s comedy “Superbad,” it was the worst time of her life. Stone decided to drop out of high school in order to give herself a fair opportunity of trying for acting gigs in Los Angeles.
Stone was a film fanatic since childhood and therefore, when she got into 9th grade, she started convincing her parents for a career in acting. She wanted to leave her high school in Arizona and was looking for a way to make her parents agree on her choice.
One night she had prepared a PowerPoint presentation about why acting in films matter more than high school to her, which she pitched in front of her parents with the title of “Project Hollywood”
But as they say, if you have a dream with the right intentions and as long as you are working hard for it, then anything is possible. After seeing Stone’s passion for acting, her parents agreed to support her, which surprisingly she herself couldn’t believe at first.
“It’s nuts that they agreed to it, I don’t condone it. Everybody should go through high school and graduate.”
One step after another and Emma soon moved from Scottsdale, Arizona, to a small apartment in the south of Hollywood with her mom. The family had thought that this would be a temporary move to make her face the reality of the world but Emma was determined to not let the chance go. She auditioned for every play, tv show, and film that was advertised anywhere around her for straight three months.
Sharing one of her hardest audition experiences for NBC’s Heroes, Emma told
“I could hear that, in the other room, a girl had just gone in and they were saying, ‘You are our pick On a scale of 1 to 10 you’re an 11,’” Stone recalls, before Hayden Panettiere—who ended up with the role of Claire Bennet—walked out of the room. “I went home and just had this meltdown”
But unfortunately, acting wasn’t paying the bills either and it was causing more troubles for her. Emma’s mom advised her to go back and join high school again but she was too determined to make the impossible happen. She then made another bold decision of doing a side job at a dog-biscuit bakery for the sake of making her parents realize that she can take up the responsibility of living alone like this and she just needs to stay here till the time she gets a major breakthrough.
“I think three people called my specific cookies inedible to their dogs,” Stone said with a laugh. “I’m not a super-talented dog baker.”
And she still also had no regrets on choosing to stay this way.
“Now I’m working, see? I’m not getting auditions, but I gotta stay here,'” she told Rolling Stone.
A few years passed by and Stone was finally able to get her first real break as Jonah Hill’s love interest in “Superbad.” From that moment onwards, there was no going back for her.
“I did Superbad in what would’ve been my senior year,” she says. “I was playing a senior, and had I graduated I would’ve missed that opportunity, and had I missed that opportunity I wouldn’t be here right now.”
Today, the world knows Emma Stone as one of the most prolific Hollywood stars ever to exist on the planet, who also earned the status of being the highest-paid actress in a year after earning $26 million in 2017.
If there is one advice, Emma would like to give to her younger self and other aspiring artists or dreamers out there, then she surely doesn’t want all of you to give up when it gets tough.
“If you’re going through hell, keep going,” Stone told ABC, citing a Winston Churchill quote. “Just keep going.”