Emma Stone: not saving the world, but certainly saving her career. (Christopher Polk/GETTY IMAGES)

Stone — appearing in three movies this summer, not to mention the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” — tells the magazine that she very quickly realized she had no shot at becoming the subject of the catch phrase “Save the cheerleader, save the world.”

“I could hear that, in the other room, a girl had just gone in and they were saying, ‘You are our pick … On a scale of 1 to 10 you’re an 11,’” Stone says. Hayden Panettiere eventually exited said room.

“I went home and just had this meltdown,” the “Easy A” star recalls.

Of course, the life lesson here is that even when things look their worst, it’s still possible for one’s prospects to change. “Heroes” lost all its mojo after season one and eventually got cancelled. And now Stone is starring in ”The Help,” romancing Ryan Gosling in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and posing in a red-and-white bikini on the cover of Vanity Fair.

Even though she didn’t get to experience the joy of being attacked by Sylar, I’d say she still comes out the winner.