Emma Stone Tells The Touching Story Of Her Mother's Breast Cancer



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As if we needed one more reason to love Emma Stone, she had to go and add amazing daughter to the list. The actress proved to be a cool customer in the worst of times when she received the news no one wants to hear: Her mom had cancer.

In 2008, Stone was 19 and living on her own for the first time in L.A, when her mother, Krista Stone, called to say she had triple-negative breast cancer, which is exactly as bad as it sounds. Emma recalled her reaction this week at a benefit in New Jersey.

"I was oddly stoic, the opposite of how I usually am," Emma said. "But I was terrified."

As her mom went through a treatment — a double mastectomy and one-and-a-half years of chemotherapy — Emma flew home to Arizona as often as possible. And now that Krista's cancer free, Emma's putting her celebrity status to work as a global brand ambassador for Revlon's breast-cancer awareness campaign, "Your Lips Can Save Lives," which promotes early detection.

To celebrate Krista's recent cancer-free anniversary, she and Emma inked their wrists with matching blackbird-feet tattoos. They were inspired the song, "Blackbird," by The Beatles, and designed by Paul McCartney.

As for Emma's unflappable support, it isn't lost on her mom. "I'm sure, in private, Em lived in fear and anxiety," she said. "But she really shifted into this [mode of], 'We're going to take care of this, and everything's going to be fine.'"

Sounds like Mrs. Stone is pretty amazing, too. Now we know where Emma gets it. (People)