There are people who love Emma Watson and think that she can do no wrong. But they are people who troll her every move as well. And the same goes for Emma Stone as well. One is a British import, while the other is a true blue American with roots stretching back to Arizona. And while they are as different as day and night, they are undeniably Hollywood’s hottest right now. One just outdid herself in earnings in her latest Hollywood fantasy venture, Beauty and The Beast, while the other’s La La Land killed it at the Oscars. They both are young, beautiful and restless enough to rise through the ranks and be called serious actresses.
Each undeniably has their own unique beauty. While one is a hilarious, silly blue-eyed wholesome American girl, the other is a reserved but charming Brit who loves to talk about feminism. One talks about issues like autism and panic attacks, the second waxes eloquent about gender equality. Both are upcoming, youthful, and undeniably dynamic. Do you think you can choose one over the other? Is one hotter, cuter or sexier than the other? Do you prefer the all-American beauty or the elegant British export? Let’s find out.
15. Her Name Is A Four Letter Word
Emma Watson shot to fame as Hermione Granger and was born on April 15, 1990. She is a British actress, model, and activist but wasn’t born in Britain. Her birth city is Paris and she was born to a British lawyer couple Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson who lived as a family until she was five, when her parents divorced. So Watson, her mother, and her younger brother Alex moved back to England to live with her mother in Oxfordshire and spent her weekends at her father’s house in London. She has step-siblings from her father’s side and while she may not have lived with her dad full time, she shares a loving relationship with him over a shared love of books. Books became sacred to her, and she has precious memories are of him reading to her before bed time in different and dramatic voices.
14. She Wasn’t Born With The Name Emma
Emma Stone was actually born as Emily Jean Stone on November 6, 1988, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her mother Krista Jean Stone is a homemaker and her father Jeffrey Charles Stone was the founder and CEO of a general contracting company. Like Emma Watson, she too has a younger brother, Spencer. Actually, Stone is an Anglicized version of their family name, which her paternal grandfather changed when they immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island. As a baby, Emily had colic and cried so much that she developed calluses on her vocal cords – the reason behind her trademark husky voice. The name change came because her name was already taken in the Screen Actors Guild when she tried to register for work. She first decided to be called Riley Stone but realized that she was more of an Emma later.
13. Getting The Part Of Hermione Took Eight Auditions
In 1999, when Watson was all of nine years old, casting began for the first movie of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Her Oxford theatre teacher recommended her to casting agents and her confidence bowled everyone over. Even so, it took eight auditions each for the producer David Heyman to tell Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint that they would now be forever immortalized as Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ron Weasley. Rowling, however, had been a staunch advocate of Watson as Hermione since the very first screen test! The film’s 2001 release was Watson’s debut and it broke records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings. In fact, it was the highest-grossing film of 2001. While Radcliffe and Grint were appreciated for their performance, Watson was the heroine, and it was said that she stole the show.
12. She Wanted To Be An Actor Since She Was Four!
Initially, Stone wanted to be a sketch comic but then decided that a musical career might be better and so she took years of voice and music lessons en route her success. Her acting debut was when she was 11 and played the part of Otter for a stage production of The Wind in the Willows. She was homeschooled for two years, for during this time she acted in sixteen productions at Phoenix’s Valley Youth Theatre and also performed with the theater’s improvisational comedy troupe. Her quest into TV & movies was met with less success, though. She lost the part in Nickelodeon’s All That but that didn’t dampen her spirits. Though she enrolled in college, she dropped out after one semester to pursue her dream and to sway her parents, made a presentation titled “Project Hollywood” (featuring Madonna’s song “Hollywood”) to convince them to let her move to California to pursue an acting career. It worked.
11. She Is All About Gender Equality & Feminism
Emma Watson is the UN Ambassador For Goodwill and she uses this to talk about feminism and gender equality. When she received the newly minted MTV Gender Neutral Best Big-Screen Actor, she gave a very sweet acceptance speech as well, saying that “the first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience.” But when people made snarky comments about her skin show in the Vogue shoot, she shot straight from the hip, “It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is. Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, and it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my [chest has] to do with it. It’s very confusing. I’m confused. Most people are confused!”
10. She Uses Her Experience With Panic Attacks To Help Others
While Emma Stone had a fairly happy childhood, it wasn’t one without problems. As a baby, Emma had really bad stomach pain, so much so that she cried herself hoarse to the point that she developed calluses on her vocal cords. Secondly, in school, she developed panic attacks. The first time, she was at a friend’s place and panicked about the house catching fire and everyone dying. She was in a frenzied state so that she called her mother and asked her to come get her. It got pretty bad after that. She’d go to school but spend most of her lunch hour at the nurse’s station, wringing her hands. “I would ask my mom to tell me exactly how the day was going to be, then ask again 30 seconds later. I just needed to know that no one was going to die and nothing was going to change.” Her experiences inspired her to write a book called I Am Bigger Than My Anxiety.
9. So Was There A Photo Leak?
In 2014, after her acclaimed UN speech about gender equality and feminism went viral, the trolls got to work. Certain hackers claimed that her private photos would soon be posted online for all to see. Although there was a build-up to a big reveal, no leaked photos surfaced. After her much-publicized Vanity Fair photo shoot, some photos of her have been stolen and Emma brought in an arsenal of lawyers. Her publicist released a statement about the fact that those were stolen photos, and that legal action would be taken if anyone were to use the images. Clearly, this is one Hollywood actor who cares more about decency and the law than others. She has also called all the Weinstein victims who came out very brave, and says she is in awe of them.
8. Was There A Leaked Tape?
Was there a leaked private tape of Emma Watson? Nope! But apparently before Emma Stone was all rich and famous, she and her partner made a raunchy private tape. Now, this might feel like an Easy A flashback, but sources have told sources that the tape is real and it exists. However, Emma does not have possession of the tape and it still lies with the guy who Emma was with at the time. All this happened before her success and her relationship with Andrew Garfield as well. The guy who has the tape has vociferously insisted that the tape is not on sale and won’t ever be, but during these times of hacking and releasing private photos, we can’t ever be sure. Considering Jennifer Lawrence’s erstwhile predicament, Emma Stone should have really kept things under wraps. However, to play devil’s advocate, this news has been floating since 2013. No tape yet!
7. This One Is One Rich Gal
After the third Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson admitted that she would never have to work to earn a living again. But since money begets money, apparently, her net worth has just been expanding ever since. All eight Harry Potter films were international box-office successes and then more success came to her in movies like The Tale of Despereaux, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, Noah and Beauty and The Beast. In addition to acting, Watson began modelling in 2009 when she was selected as the face for a Burberry campaign. She also appeared in a commercial for Lancôme perfume and graced the cover of Vogue magazine. Watson worked with People Tree to design a line of ethical and sustainable clothing. Her net worth is a cool $70 million! Now Emma can kick back her heels and only take on the roles she wants to do. But then again, money can be so addictive!
6. She Was The Highest Paid Actress Of 2017
While in 2015 Emma Stone’s net worth was under $10 million, in 2016 it jumped up to $17 million. Stone banked some $26 million pre-tax between June 2016 and June 2017, mostly from her pay for La La Land, the reportedly $30 million movie-musical that has grossed over $445 million worldwide to date. This bank balance is a far cry from Stone’s days working at a bakery for dogs while trying to make a go of it as a movie star. She now lives in a Beverly Hills home flush with a pool. She loves to drive her Mini Cooper or her Audi. Her endless auditions since the age of 15 finally paid off and Emma is now finally in the big league. However, Emma Watson certainly has the lead on Emma Stone when it comes to a solid bank balance.
5. Her Awards And Nominations Are Like A Toilet Paper Roll
With some 55 nominations and 23 wins, Emma Watson has earned plenty accolades along the way. That said, she never really got into the big league of awards per se, though she gushed over the MTV Best Actor in a Movie Role 2017 award because it was gender neutral. That said, Emma says that to achieve your goals, you have to put in your heart and soul. In an interview, Emma said, “I really believe that you have to earn things. I don’t feel comfortable unless I have worked really hard. I worked hard to get Hermione, and my mum has a video I did for the first audition and she has me doing the same take, over and over, like 27 times from nine in the morning until five in the afternoon and I was just relentless. I wasn’t sure I wanted to act, but I was sure I wanted this part.” Emma Watson is definitely a go-getter.
4. She Bagged An Oscar, A Golden Globe, And A Lot More
Emma Stone is clearly in the lead if she and Emma Watson were in a competitive bid to win more trophies. For her La La Land role, she managed to get an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, something Watson has never even been nominated for. Emma Stone has an astounding 109 nominations to her credit, with 54 wins! She is known to be one tough cookie in Hollywood and very often chooses roles that her agents turn down. The industry calls her headstrong and determined, and since she was so hell-bent on becoming a big movie star, she manages to play all her cards right. Her agents really tried to convince her to star in the Ghostbusters reboot, but she turned it down. And she had the last laugh after it flopped. When she was signing Birdman, her team had reservations about it. Birdman ended up earning her an Oscar nomination. Clearly, this Emma knows best.
3. The Secrets Behind That Hot Bod
No one is born with a body like that. As Watson puts it, everything is about hard work. So her hot bod is the result of the hard work she and her trainer Emily Drew puts in. The regimen focuses on the “Three S’s,” which are stretching, strength and stillness. First, Watson does a few postural stretches to really reap the benefits of further exercise and so she stretches out her quads, hamstrings and hip flexors for a half a minute each. The bulk of the workout is the strength training. The first run is a twice-done eight-minute rep of lunges, squats, and step-ups, followed by six minutes of stability ball exercises that focus on the core. Finally, stillness caps the workout. A few minutes of yoga, stretching again, and three minutes of breathing meditation end the routine. Finally, Watson repeats an affirmation to herself 20 times each day.
2. The Fitness Secrets Of This Curvy Bombshell
Soon after wrapping up La La Land, Emma Stone started filming Battle of the Sexes, in which she plays tennis star Billie Jean King. To turn from lithe dancer to Grand Slam muscular, she turned to trainer Jason Walsh who says, “She did two-a-day workouts and put on 15 pounds of lean muscle by strength-training like a champ. She kind of became a meathead!” Walsh said that Stone started with a 2:1 ratio of cardio and strength training because to build muscles, strength has to be the foundation. So Emma lifted weights like nothing she had done before and then chugged protein drinks to recover and repair her muscles after the workouts. Stone used the VersaClimber (an old-school climbing machine) for her 30-minute cardio sessions, but her trainer Walsh also recommends good old-fashioned running for anyone wanting to get that heart rate up. Clearly, the effect has been definitely noticeable. While Emma always looked lithe, she now looks strong enough to take over Hollywood! And she just might.
1. The Reasons Behind Those Ravishing Smiles
Obviously both Emma Watson and Emma Stone are basking in the glory of their success. Emma Stone may have won an Oscar but Emma Watson is now a face everybody recognizes because of her unprecedented success as an actor and for her stand on feminism and gender equality. Both of these ladies seem to be flushed with the first blush of romance. After Watson had a rather acrimonious split with ex-boyfriend Matthew Janney in 2014, she is now with tech manager William Mack Knight who just introduced her to his parents, considering her mother simply loved Hermione. Emma Stone, on the other hand, after ending her on-again-off-again relationship with Andrew Garfield, is now dating SNL director Dave McCary. Both these successful women steadfastly refused to speak about their private lives, letting the world speculate and stew in whichever “La La Land” it wants too! However, as of now, they are definitely not single!
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