Jacob Staudenmaier is a 17-year-old high school junior from Phoenix, Arizona who bears more than a striking resemblance to 36-year-old Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling (well, more so from his profile than a front-angle, but still) and who is a huge fan of the critically acclaimed film La La Land. Emma Stone is the 28-year-old Oscar-winning actress who also grew up in the Phoenix area, and who starred in La La Land alongside Baby Goose.
Can you see where we’re going with this?
In probably one of the most epic “promposals” ever, Staudenmaier — with the help of some friends — managed to recreate the opening sequence to La La Land, swapping out the lyrics to “Another Day of Sun” with his own, which include a swanky dinner invitation to the Olive Garden (a favorite among all A-list actresses), and lines such as these:
I need a date to prom/ I should have done it earlier/ But now I’ll sing this song/ I think I’m kind of freaking out/ This song took so much time/ And I’m finding this real hard to rhyme/ It’s fine, I’m fine.
Jacob Staudenmaier is my name/ Emma Stone if you came/ I think I’d lose it, Go insane/ We’ll have to see…I hope you’ll want to come on down/ I’ll see your face and think of how/ I got so lucky.
He finished the number by admitting, “I know my voice ain’t great, but please be my prom date!”
So far, while he hasn’t received a response from Stone herself, his video has gone viral gaining over 100,000 views on YouTube and 38,000 likes on Twitter in just over a day. Staudenmaier later appeared on D.C.’s Fox 5 News to talk about the motivation behind his gesture.
“I don’t know if I’m madly in love with her,” Staudenmaier concedes, dialing back any creep factor, “But I think she’s a very, very talented actress, she definitely deserved the Oscar … She was in a film that I loved so much, and a number of other films I love so much, so it just all came together and I was like, that would be a fun idea for my junior year.”
Olive Garden also caught wind of the stunt and offered the couple a free dinner should she accept his proposal:
Soup, salad, unlimited breadsticks and a hunky 17-year-old date? How can she possibly say no?