Stone attended Sequoya Elementary School and then Cocopah Middle School for sixth grade. She was home schooled for two years, during which time she appeared in 16 productions at Valley Youth Theatre, including: A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail, The Princess and the Pea, Cinderella, The Wiz, Titanic, Honk!, The Little Mermaid, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Alice in Wonderland, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,and performed with the theater's improv comedy troupe.Stone attended Xavier College Preparatory, an all-girl Catholic high school, as a freshman for one semester.
She gave a PowerPoint presentation to her parents, set to the Madonna song "Hollywood to convince them to let her move to California for an acting career. She dropped out of high school, and in January 2004, moved with her mother to a Los Angeles apartment, at the age of 15.She was then home schooled, so that she could audition during the day.
Although predominantly known as a redhead, Stone is naturally a blonde. She landed her first role as a teenager after dyeing her hair dark brown.Film producer Judd Apatow had her change from a brunette to a redhead for her role in Superbad.She returned to blonde for her role in The Amazing Spider-Man.
She began dating actor Andrew Garfield after meeting him on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man.Stone's low-pitched husky voice is a result of having baby colic, a condition of constant screaming as an infant, resulting in the development of nodules. She has calluses on her vocal cords as an adult.
Stone chose the name "Emma" when she registered for the Screen Actors Guild as the name "Emily Stone" was already taken. Her family and friends call her Emily. She first chose Riley Stone as her professional name, but after a guest appearance on Malcolm in the Middle, she decided she was more comfortable with Emma, a nickname her mother had given her.Stone moved from Los Angeles to Greenwich Village, New York City in 2009.
Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, where she made her stage debut in a production of Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows". She appeared in many more productions through her early teens until, at the age of 15, she decided that she wanted to make acting her career.
The official story is that she made a PowerPoint presentation, backed by Madonna's "Hollywood" and itself entitled "Project Hollywood", in an attempt to persuade her parents to allow her to drop out of school and move to Los Angeles. The pitch was successful and she and her mother moved to LA with her schooling completed at home while she spent her days auditioning.