“I never wanted to do anything else, from 7 on. It wasn’t a flight of fancy.” – Emma Stone
Are you having trouble convincing your parents about your choice to be an actor? Take a page from the Emma Stone playbook. At the age of 14, the Birdman star created an entire slideshow explaining why she should pursue a career in the arts.
“I made a PowerPoint presentation for my parents when I was 14. I asked them to let me move to LA,” she says. “[It was] all about why I should be an actor. I never wanted to do anything else, from 7 on. It wasn’t a flight of fancy.”
Doing presentations is Stone’s way of keeping her argument all-business because she becomes emotional otherwise.
“I asked to be home-schooled in a different presentation when I was 12. That was on a clipboard. I’m not kidding,” Stone explains. “I make presentations because when I feel strongly about something, I cry. When I feel really passionate, I get overwhelmed, and it makes me cry. I learned early on to be more logical and make presentations.”
If Stone ever becomes a parent herself, she’s not going to allow her kids to follow that same PowerPoint presentation path.
She joked in a New York Times interview, “Can you imagine if your kid said that [they wanted to be an actor] to you?… I would punish mine.”