You may or may not remember Emma Stone from her previous films, “Paper Man,” “Zombieland,” “The House Bunny,” or “Superbad,”

But you won’t forget her after seeing her deft and delightful performance in the new high school comedy, “Easy A.” Chatting with her at the film’s recent junket, the Dish Rag found out why Emma was dying to land the plum lead role.

“A friend of mine, a producer, had seen this script and knew me pretty well and was cool enough to send it to me. I kept an eye on it and once it was optioned for Screen Gems… i was the first audition, so that was pretty cool. But I still had some nail-biting.. I’m so lucky that it ended up like this because it usually doesn’t.”

The film is loosely inspired by the classic novel, “The Scarlet Letter.” Olive Penderghast (Emma) becomes notorious overnight at school when everyone thinks she’s putting out big time. In truth, she’s just helping out the school nerds by pretending to bed them to make them more popular. Throw in her supportive parents played by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci, a religious priss pot (played by Amanda Bynes) and watch Olive embrace her inner slut as she plays her bad girl role to the garter belt, shocking students and teachers. Everyone, that is, except her childhood crush, played by “Gossip Girl” hunk Penn Badgley, who suspects that the whole trollop routine is an act . But we’re not telling you how he knows. That would spoil this sweet and smart coming-of-age love story. Emma, who’s a total babe, also dons come-hither corsets (adorned with a bright red A) for much of the film. And it doesn’t hurt that the actress is already ranked 49 on Maxim’s 2010 Hot 100 list. But her female appeal is much like a young Sandra Bullock (dry wit, girl-next-door looks, dead pan delivery).  Emma’s currently shooting a more serious film, “The Help.” And she’s nailed a decent Southern drawl for the lead the film based on Kathryn Stockett‘s debut best-selling novel. She plays a young writer who collects the personal stories of black women working as maids and nannies for hypocritical wealthy white families in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962. Follow Zap2it and Elizadish on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news