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Emma Stone got her start in Arizona at Valley Youth Theatre before heading to Hollywood

Posted at 5:21 PM, Feb 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 09:58:43-05

Emma Stone is an Oscar-winning actress from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Stone won the Oscar Sunday for best leading actress for her role in La La Land.
Bobb Cooper is the artistic director at Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix. Cooper gave Stone her first dramatic role at age 11. 
"She was willing to take any part, no matter how small it was, no matter how big it was she as willing to do it," he said. "Emily was a great comedian, very funny her comedic timing was extraordinary but to then put her in a dramatic role and do that standpoint where she couldn't rely on that sense of humor that had to get down into the meat o a character and she did it with flying colors."
Cooper and Stone worked together for four years and she did nearly 20 shows. 
"Well besides being incredibly talented she was sort of a pain in the bun and we talked about this," Cooper explained. "She liked to talk, she was very social and she liked to talk when she wasn't suppose to be talking."
Recently Stone did an interview with Vanity Fairabout who she respects the most and she said Cooper. 
"It was overwhelming actually," he said. "There was a lot of people she worked with over her career and that she said me, it was incredible to hear that and makes me so proud and honored that she felt that way."
Cooper says Stone is proof that if you work hard for something, those things will come.
"Being an actor is one thing, being a recognized actor, somebody who rises to the complete cream is not something that happens every day and it is so awesome to see it happen for her," Cooper said.