There’s something about Emma Stone, only I cannot pinpoint her appeal. Maybe that’s part of her appeal? The other night I watched The Amazing Spider-Man – the latest franchise reboot – and Stone is great in it. Strong chemistry with Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker, as you’d expect now they’re dating in real life.
There’s not many young actresses out there that have sublime, comic timing combined with dramatic talent. Stone does in abundance.
Hollywood – an industry always looking for the next bankable star – picked up on this quickly, casting her in a variety of roles; from comedy to action, indie to blockbuster spectacles – make no mistake, Miss Stone’s star is on the rise.
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Ever since she broke into the A-list in 2007 as Jules in Superbad, she’s gone from strength to strength. So, too, have the three young, male actors: Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Michael Cera and Jonah Hill – each having starred in some brilliant films in the last few years.
After Superbad, for me, her next effortlessly cool character was Wichita in Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 film, Zombieland. Perfectly cast opposite another actor good at mixing intelligent delivery with sharp, witty, comic lines, Jessie Eisenberg. Admittedly she didn’t have too much to do in this film, but played her part well.
Moving into the stratosphere
In 2010, she made a significant step up playing fantastically-named lead character, Olive Penderghast, in comedy Easy A. A super-smart, teen comedy with a killer script. With so many witty, excellent lines, the film seemed tailored with Stone in mind. Indeed, she gained a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.
2011 was also a strong year, she starred in 1960s drama, The Help – a critical and commercial success. She also played opposite Ryan Gosling in another smart rom-com, Crazy, Stupid Love.
No matter what roles she’s cast in or what male actor she’s opposite, Stone just seems to come across so relaxed and natural. Smart, sassy, easygoing, but gives as good as she gets – dare I say it, perfect girlfriend material? Perhaps that’s another part of her appeal, both guys and girls want to hang out with her. She seems fun, likeable and accessible.
So what’s next? Well, we can look forward to Stone in next year’s crime flick, Gangster Squad. With a really strong cast, this film reunites Stone with Zombieland Director Ruben Fleischer and her Crazy, Stupid Love co-star Ryan Gosling – so expect sparks, drama and Tommy guns!
Also, she’ll most likely have some other films up her sleeve for next year. Furthermore, with the latest Spider-man reboot seen largely as a success, she’ll reprise her role as Gwen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, scheduled for 2014. So, all in all, things are looking good for Hollywood’s golden girl!