8 Iconic Roles Emma Stone Could’ve Played, But Didn’t in the End

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Emma Stone may have knocked Jennifer Lawrence out of her spot as the highest-paid actress in the world this year thanks to her role in La La Land alongside Ryan Gosling, but that doesn’t mean her career has been smooth sailing from the get-go. Even though Hollywood is throwing money her way now, that wasn’t always the case for the 29-year-old actress.

Before she became the best of the best, the Arizona native was taking small parts on TV shows like Malcolm in the Middle and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. You’d never guess now, but she’s racked up a past of failed auditions and rejected roles over the years. Everybody’s gotta start somewhere, right?