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EXCLUSIVE Step Lively Emma and Ryan Gosling have bowled over audiences and critics alike with their sassy dance moves in La La Land.

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Still Close Emma and acting coach Bobb Cooper have stayed tight since her days at the Valley Youth Theatre (above).

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HE’S waltzed her way into the Hollywood elite after snaring a Best Actress Golden Globe for her fancy footwork opposite Ryan Gosling in the smash throwback musical La La Land. But it wasn’t Los Angeles where Emma Stone, 28, first earned raves for her acting chops; the Arizona native was just 11 when she started turning heads at the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix. “She was the envy of everyone,” her

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SCENETHE LA LA LAND KNOCKOUT WAS ALWAYS DESTINED FOR STARDOM. WHO SAYS SO? HER VERY FIRST ACTING COACH!

first acting coach, Bobb Cooper, raves about his former student, who starred in 16 plays from 2000 through 2003. “Emma had an innate ability and we just refined her; she really started developing as an actor and became very versatile. It’s not just acting; it’s connecting with that character, which she could do from an early age. Emma lived for performing and talked a lot about wanting to be a star. She’s certainly come a long way!” H

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