✨ City of stars, are you shining just for teens? ✨
It appears that way, ever since the smoothest teen of all, 17-year-old Jacob Staudenmaier, decided he would ask his celebrity crush, the beautiful and talented star of La La Land, Emma Stone, to be his date to prom.
Heads up—he looks just like a young Ryan Gosling, so this could not be more perfect.
In perhaps the most epic way possible, Staudenmaier, a junior at Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Arizona, set out to win Stone’s heart by putting his own epic spin on the La La Land opening number and shooting a music video at his school.
“I love La La Land. It was one of my favorite films of the year, and I’ve always loved Emma Stone as an actress, especially in her film Birdman,” Staudenmaier said.
“I decided if I was going to do this I needed to do it big and ambitious,” he explained. The promposal was inspired by another student at his school who asked Miley Cyrus to prom about three years ago. Though Cyrus didn’t accompany the boy to prom, she did invite him onstage at one of her concerts, which should give Staudenmaier some serious hope.
After the movie slayed at the Oscars, the teen thought he’d have some fun and use his love for filmmaking to craft the perfect promposal. He set forth to recreate the famous opening number right down to the traffic jam, choreography, and prom-appropriate rendition of “Another Day of Sun,” called “The Valley of the Sun.”
“The planning took about two weeks with intense thinking about how the movements had to be and when I’d sing each line,” Staudenmaier said. After writing his own lyrics and getting his buddies to help him with his singing voice and camera work, the masterpiece only took two hours to film.
“I don’t consider myself much of an actor or a dancer but I’m willing to do both,” the Gosling doppelgänger admitted. “I sort of improv my dancing, which is why it’s pretty awkward and funny towards the end.”
Staudenmaier has been completely blown away by the huge response to the video, and though he’ll go to prom even if Emma says no, he’s fully prepared to lose his mind “for a second time” if she responds.
To further persuade the actress to give him a chance, Staudenmaier also made a very good point: Stone would get the chance to return to her home state of Arizona for the celebration.
Why not just let this talented, suave, two-time award winner take you to prom on April 29 and then for a nice dinner at Olive Garden, Emma?
What a waste of a lovely night, eh? 😉