The need for iconic figures that the public can both mythologize and gossip about has existed at least since the time of ancient Greece. In the modern, media-saturated world, celebrities fill that role quite nicely, especially those luminous figures who are seen by millions on movie and television screens — actors who also happen to be A-list celebrities.
Two young talents who may very well take up the top two spots on the current A-list are Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. The pair has been seen together by millions in the blockbuster films of the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, not to mention a hilarious "Saturday Night Live" send-up of the conventions of "Spider-Man" movies and countless celebrity-focused magazines, television shows and websites.
There is no doubt that Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have captured the attention and the imagination of the public, the media and the entertainment industry in a way that is all too rare, even for a celebrity couple. This ascension came about in an unusual way, including both Stone's and Garfield's individual paths to fame, as well as the way the couple was first introduced to the public.
Emma Stone's Rise to Fame
Emma Stone first appeared on the entertainment industry's radar with an array of television appearances in the mid-2000s. Even with small roles on shows such as "Lucky Louie" and "Medium," Stone never failed to make a strong impression. As the decade waned, Stone also began appearing on the big screen in popular comedy features, including "The House Bunny" and "Superbad." However, it was her performance in 2009's "Zombieland" that announced that Emma Stone had arrived as a talent and a screen presence to be reckoned with.
Holding her own against Justin Timberlake in "Friends with Benefits" and Ryan Gosling in "Crazy, Stupid, Love" confirmed that Stone had acting chops and charisma to spare, and her first stint hosting "Saturday Night Live" in 2010 helped to further demonstrate the actor's serious comedic abilities. By the time "The Amazing Spider-Man" was released in 2012, the public was crazy for Emma Stone.
Andrew Garfield's Rise to Fame
Even though he grew up in Surrey, England, Andrew Garfield was seemingly destined for a career in entertainment, as he was born in the entertainment capital of Los Angeles, California. After studying at the University of London's prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama, Garfield began taking the world by storm almost immediately. This started with acclaimed work in various English theatrical productions, including the male lead in a Royal Exchange Theatre production of "Romeo and Juliet," before moving on to television. Garfield's work in two episodes of "Dr. Who" may have had something to do with the show's recent surge in popularity.
It Began as a Movie: "The Amazing Spider-Man"
It is not often that life imitates movies. This is especially true of summer Hollywood blockbusters with storybook romances. However, when it came to the burgeoning relationship between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, it was finally time for life to imitate Hollywood convention.
The two young stars were in prime positions to be cast as the leads in "The Amazing Spider-Man." They were both at points in their respective careers where they were ready for starring roles in a tent-pole project. Stone and Garfield had both demonstrated remarkable talent and charm, but were far from the point of over-saturation, or any saturation, in the public eye.
The central romance of "The Amazing Spider-Man" is between Peter Parker and his crush Gwen Stacy. Like most great superhero/action flicks, the romance between the two stars carries the main emotional current of the story. The two actors first met during the movie's lengthy production, and it seems as though their chemistry transcended their fictional characters.
The Legacy of "The Amazing Spider-Man"
With the success of "The Amazing Spider-Man," Stone and Garfield have appeared in one sequel as of 2014, with more likely on the way. However, despite the boon to both actors' careers, the first movie of the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise has seemingly had an even larger effect on the stars' personal lives.
Cast because of their talent, screen presence and suitability for their roles, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone light up the screen with their undeniable chemistry, not to mention lighting up numerous red carpets and pages of magazines like "People" and "Us Weekly." Even though the couple is not forthcoming about their relationship to the press, the connection that these two share is indisputable, both on and off screen.
In the world of celebrities, especially celebrity actors, it is often necessary to draw distinct lines between the stars and their on-screen personae. While Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are obviously not Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker/Spider-Man, their connection in the movies and in real life is, to paraphrase one well-known entertainer, the stuff dreams are made of.