I’ve been mulling over this for a while now, so it’s obviously worthy of discussion. I think that Emma Stone might be the Taylor Swift of the acting industry. Whether that means high praise or shots fired to you, hear me out.
The two stars were besties for years after they met in 2008. They did cute activities like get ice cream together, have sleepovers, and had many a bonding sessions. Emma even went to Taylor’s 4th of July parties. But they’ve drifted apart in the last few years. Maybe because they’re too similar.
Here are 13 reasons why my theory is definitely right.
1. Child stars who relocated with their mothers for a chance at fame
They were both child stars who knew what they wanted to pursue from a young age. Taylor started musical theatre lessons when she was 9, while Emma did the same for 8 years. They both began working in their fields at a young age.
In their teens, they both moved to bigger cities with their mothers to pursue their careers; Taylor moved to Nashville while Emma moved to Los Angeles.
2. From young fans to universally cool
At the start of their adult careers, their fans were mostly young tweens and teens.
But in 2014, Taylor ended the fairytale fantasy she had manufactured and entered reality. She left country music, amassed a fanbase of older fans, and became universally cool with her pop album 1989.
Similarly, around 2014, Emma started acting in comparatively serious films like Gangster Squad and Birdman. She went from a cool teen to a raw, edgy, serious actor.
3. A pivotal moment of public embarrassment
Both Taylor and Emma had pivotal moments in their careers when they were publicly embarrassed and shamed, but they both used these experiences to fuel them into becoming bigger and better. For Taylor, it was that famous Kanye West interruption at the 2009 MTV Awards.
She bounced back years later with this.
For Emma, it was when she was cast as an Asian-American in the 2015 film Aloha, despite having zero asian heritage. Her character Allison Ng was an air force pilot who was a quarter Chinese and a quarter Hawaiian but had red hair and looked fully Caucasian. She was supposedly based on a real person with all the same qualities. Regardless, no more whitewashing please.
4. Wildly acclaimed and successful
There’s no denying they’re both crushing it in their fields. Emma has been in countless films and won the Oscar for Best Actress for La La Land.
Taylor has won pretty much every music award on the planet, multiple times. She has 10 Grammys!
5. Dating history widely publicised
Ok this one’s applicable to most celebrities, but people are particularly interested in Taylor and Emma’s dating lives. Emma’s relationship with Spiderman costar Andrew Garfield was widely publicised – which they took advantage of by advertising charities.
Taylor is infamous for talking and writing about her exes. The list of her exploits include but are not limited to: Tom Hiddleston, Calvin Harris, Harry Styles, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Connor Kennedy.
Cue the bitter hate songs.
6. Spunky everyday gals
They both have plain, average, everyday personas who are a bit edgy and spunky. They are girl’s girls but also hang with the boys too.
7. Overdoing it with the humbleness
“Omg, I can’t believe this is happening to me!”
You mean after years of training and hard work, proof of a wide set of talents, and the support of a big network of family, friends and industry professionals, you still can’t believe you’re winning an award? Yeah nah.
There’s something about overdoing it with the humbleness that makes it turn into a humble brag. As if they’re saying: “I’m kind of annoyed that I’m successful because, like, I can’t keep up with it because I’m just a normal person like you are.” No you’re not.
8. Similar fashion sense
Emma and Taylor have been known to wear similar clothes at the same time. Among the common items are diamond earrings shaped in their initials, tonnes of blazers, beanies, colour-blocked skirts, and dresses.
9. Similar background
Emma is 28 while Taylor is 27. Both their fathers are successful businessmen and both their mothers are homemakers.
10. They both sing and act but are so much worse in one of them (shots fired)
Sorry not sorry to disagree with the majority but Taylor’s acting and Emma’s singing are not my fave. The feeling I get is the same as when Pierce Brosnan sings in Mamma Mia. Make it stop. Double threat? Only if it’s a threat to good taste. Shots fired. Trigger warning.
Taylor’s part in Valentine’s Day was so cringe. Swifties look away! Seems like her body roll skills have improved though.
I’m gonna get slightly controversial here. Emma may have won an Oscar La La Land, but was it the acting more so than the singing that did it? And did ‘Audition Song’ really have to be a contender for Best Original Song?
11. Distinctive voices
Emma Stone had colic and nodules as a child, which resulted in her trademark husky voice. Taylor Swift’s voice is distinctive because, well, it’s drilled into our brains by the one million songs she’s made billions on. It’s also so…pointed.
12. Both natural blondes
This one’s pretty self explanatory.
13. Bonus reason: the colour red
This one’s a bit silly but still valid. Taylor’s favourite colour and first pop-orientated album is named Red, which is the colour Emma had to dye her hair to get her big break in Superbad. (Whaaaaaat?!?) Emma Stone’s dyed red hair became a trademark look for her and it took a few years before she went back to her natural blonde colour.
So there’s 13 (omg Taylor’s fav number! Coincidence?) pretty solid reasons for my hypothesis. I bet there’s plenty more too.
So do you think Emma Stone is the Taylor Swift of the acting industry?