Actress Emma Stone first made her mark among American audiences as an ingenue, via her involvement in the massively successful comedy Superbad (2007). The actress's deadpan comic timing and irrepressible energy made her an instant hot property in Hollywood, and she was soon appearing in comic fare like The House Bunny and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, as well as the hugely successful horror comedy Zombieland (2009). By 2010, Stone had earned top billing status, and was starring in her own comedy -- a hilarious modern take on the Scarlet Letter called Easy A. The following year found Sone's star rising even further in the realm of comedy with roles in Friends with Benefits and Crazy, Stupid, Love, but it also proved to be the year in which the young actress branched more full force into drama, starring in the much anticipated adaptation of the Kathryn Stockett novel The Help. She became part of a superhero franchise when she took over the part of Gwen Stacy in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man, and she took a part in the period crime film Gangster Squad that same year.
Stone enjoyed a very busy 2014 that involved her returning to the part of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and being tapped to star in Woody Allen's period comedy Magic in the Moonlight. However, her turn as the self-destructive daughter of a middle-age actor trying to make a comeback on the stage in Birdman earned her the first Oscar nomination of her career, getting a nod in the Best Supporting Actress category. The next year, outcry arose over Stone's casting as a multiracial character in Cameron Crowe's Aloha, but Stone reached a new peak in 2017 when she tapped into her musical theater side and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Damien Chazelle's candy-colored musical La La Land. She went on to portray tennis legend Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes, and was nominated for another Oscar for her work in Yorgos Lanthimos' dark comedy The Favourite. A Zombieland sequel arrived in 2019, and Stone was set to play the lead in 2021's Cruella, an origin story for the 101 Dalmatians villain.