PHOENIX — She said no.
Emma Stone regretfully will not be going to the prom with an Arizona high school student.
Jacob Staudenmaier, a 17-year-old junior with a bit of a Ryan Gosling vibe, attempted to woo the actress with a creative recreation of the opening scene in La La Land. You know: Dancing, cars, the whole bit. His video went viral, getting tweeted more than 20,000 times and earning the budding filmmaker a guest spot on Good Morning America.
That's where he revealed Friday that the flame-haired Oscar winner turned him down. But, in the sweetest way possible.
"Thanks for making the greatest proposal I've ever received," Stone wrote in a letter, according to Staudenmaier. "I can't tell you what an honor that was and how much I smiled through that entire beautifully orchestrated video. I'm in London working, but I hope you have the best time at prom, and I'm grateful you thought of me. THANK YOU. P.S. I do see Gosling around the eyes. Love, Emm."
"I thought it was great," Staudenmaier said Friday in a phone call. "It was short, but it was fantastic that she even acknowledged the video."
The whole affair began as almost a lark.
“It started with the kind of crazy idea of saying, ‘Yeah, maybe I’ll go with Emma Stone to the prom,’ ” the Arcadia High School student said earlier this week. “I decided if I was going to do this, I really needed to do it big.”
"I definitely thought it was a total long shot, but being a passionate filmmaker I just wanted to do it," Staudenmaier said Friday. "The response from this whole thing has been enough to keep the self-esteem high for a long time."
Does he think there's a chance for a future date with the 28-year-old Oscar winner?
"Maybe 30 years in the future?" he said. "I think my time for large prom proposals is going to fade away. It was fun while it lasted."
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