As a teenager, she relocated to Los Angeles with her mother, and made her television debut in VH1's In Search of the New Partridge Family (2004), a reality show that produced only an unsold pilot.
After small television roles, she won a Young Hollywood Award for her film debut in Superbad (2007), and received positive media attention for her role in Zombieland (2009).
She found the script "so different and unique from anything I'd read before", saying that it was "funny and sweet".
When Stone discovered that the film had begun production, she met with Gluck, expressing her enthusiasm for the project.
The film tells the story of two high school students who go through a series of comic misadventures after they plan to buy alcohol for a party.
To play the role of Hill's romantic interest, she dyed her hair red.
The actress, who describes herself as "a big smiler and laugher", has admitted that she found it difficult portraying a character whose personality traits were so different from her own.