Emma Stone Was Made In Hollywood, Thanks To A Brave Business Pitch As A Teenager

From a ninth-grade epiphany to Judd Apatow's advice, Stone was schooled in Hollywood

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If you turn Emma Stone around and fetch out the label at the back of her proverbial collar, you'd find out that on the underside it reads: 'Made in Hollywood,' owing to the fact that so many of her formative years were spent in La La Land.

In case you weren't already aware of Ms Stone's rather unusual upbringing, the actress revealed recently, to the Hollywood Reporter, that her life in front of the camera actually came about after a rather ingenious powerpoint presentation.

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Aged just 14-years-old Emma Stone drafted a pitch called 'Project Hollywood' - explaining the reasons why she thought moving to Hollywood at a young age would be a good idea - and presented it to her parents.

'It's the last period of the day, and I have a revelation that I needed to move to Los Angeles as soon as possible because that's where I needed to go. I know, it was crazy,' she said.

They were somehow convinced, and Stone and her mother made the move to L.A. whilst her father stayed home running his business.

Although she was home-schooled between auditions, Stone still thinks graduating high-school is important, she said, 'It's nuts that they agreed to it. I don't condone it. Everybody should go through highschool and graduate.'

There she was, with no leads, no real formal acting experience and no contacts, but why would her parents let her go?

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Emma explained that had been a very anxious and shy child and although she'd been talking to a therapist since the age of seven, it was only once she started going to theatre school in her spare time that she began to come out of her shell.

'I think my parents saw that acting was the thing that made me fulfilled and happy.'

Pretty soon after Emma and her mother started 'Project Hollywood,' she nabbed a job as Laurie Partridge on VH1's pilot for The New Partridge Family.

Unfortunately, the show didn't get picked up, but that's how she met her manager, who still looks after her today, Doug Wald.

The jobs were sporadic and soon she had to start work in a dog-biscuit bakery until, Superbad came along.

When Emma hit 19-years-old, Superbad's producer Judd Apatow convinced her to turn her naturally blonde hair red.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

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