It’s easy to love Emma Stone. When she’s not being a charming screen presence in everything from Easy A to The Amazing Spider-Man, she’s busting out Britney Spears impressions and professing her love for the Spice Girls.
But did you know that her career as it stands today is down to one ill-fated audition for the TV series Heroes?
Stone tried out for the role of high school cheerleader Claire Bennet in the superhero show, a part that eventually went to Hayden Panettiere.
Speaking in a 2011 interview with Vanity Fair, the actress revealed that the experience was so bad it sent her to “rock bottom”.
“Heroes was tough was because I could hear them through the wall telling Hayden Panettiere, ‘You got the part. You’re the best,'” she said in a separate Q&A with The Independent.
“And then I went in right after her. I was like, ‘F**k, man! Is it never going to be my time?'”
Despite this Heroes audition room disaster, it paved the way for Stone to launch a movie career. Two weeks later she landed a part in Superbad.
“That changed my entire life,” she said.
Stone’s big breakthrough came with comedy Easy A, and since then she’s notched up high-profile roles in Zombieland, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Help and Birdman. The latter bagged her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.
She’s got the LA musical La La Land coming up, and pundits are tipping her to get her second Academy Award nod for it.
Panettiere, meanwhile, spent five years on Heroes and four as a rising country singer on Nashville. Had things turned out differently, it could’ve been Stone as the world-saving cheerleader instead.