1. Before Emma Stone was, well, Emma Stone, she was Emily Jean Stone. Growing up in Arizona, Stone was a huge fan of the Spice Girls, Emma Bunton being her favorite. So she started going by "Emma" in elementary school, and later registered with the Screen Actors Guild under the same name. "I wanted to dress like the Spice Girls," Stone has said. "I got platform Skechers. I had bell-bottoms. A lot of peace signs. I cut bangs like Baby Spice because I had blond hair." (More on that later.) Offering further proof of her fandom, Stone was driven to tears during a 2014 interview after she was shown a video message from Mel B (Scary Spice), who admitted she is a fan of Stone's.
2. At 14, Stone was doodling in her sixth-period history class when she realized she wanted to be an actress. At the end of the school day, she rushed home and made a PowerPoint show in an effort to sway her parents to let her move to Los Angeles in pursuit of her dreams. "It was just the fastest way of doing it," Stone has said. "I wasn't very good at cutting things out and pasting." As part of the pitch titled "Project Hollywood 2004," reportedly backed by Madonna's "Hollywood," Stone, according to reports, handed out popcorn and offered examples of successful entertainers who started young. The plan worked. Stone and her mother soon relocated to the West Coast.
3. Stone was up for the part of Claire Bennet in the NBC hit show Heroes, but lost out to Hayden Panettiere. Stone considers the audition her hardest Hollywood moment to date. Recounting the events to a reporter in 2011: "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.' " That girl was Panettiere. "I went home and just had this meltdown," Stone said. But hitting what she called "rock bottom" helped her let loose at her next audition: she later landed the lead in Drive.
4. Stone's big break came when she dyed her hair brown - she's a natural blonde - to audition for Superbad. "When I first moved to L.A., I had this agent who thought, because I was blonde, that I only wanted to play cheerleaders," Stone recalled. "So one day, in a fit of trying to do something different, I just dyed my hair dark brown and got my first role a week later, after which I thought: 'People are closed-minded, man! Like a different hair color changes everything!'" Judd Apatow, who produced the movie, asked her to dye her hair red during the camera test - a look that would become her calling card. "I get a lot of questions about hair color," Stone once joked. "People are very into talking about hair."
5. Stone and her mother have matching tattoos of blackbirds - a reference to the The Beatles song "Blackbird" - taken from a drawing by Paul McCartney himself. Stone met McCartney while filming Zombieland and later convinced him to draw her two blackbird feet, in honor of her mother's favorite tune. Afterwards, mother and daughter had the design inked onto their wrists, to commemorate her mother's overcoming breast cancer. Stone later mused to David Letterman: "Custom tattoos by Paul McCartney. Isn't that wild? Unbelievable." Indeed.