Emma Stone feared she wouldn't be able to ''sing or dance again'' when she was sick while performing in Broadway's 'Cabaret'.

The 28-year-old actress could have missed out on her role in critically-acclaimed musical blockbuster 'La La Land' because when she met with director Damien Chazelle in New York in 2014 to discuss the part, she had completely lost her voice while still performing in the show.

She told the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter: ''I was very sick. My voice was gone, and I was struggling to get through the shows - I was still doing 'Cabaret' - the idea of doing another musical was like, 'You've got to be to be out of your mind.'

After 'Cabaret', I wasn't sure I would ever sing or dance again.''

However. she was soon persuaded and landed the part co-starring alongside Ryan Gosling, who she had previously worked with on 2013's 'Gangster Squad' and 2011's 'Crazy, Stupid, Love'.

'La La Land' has bagged an impressive 14 nominations at this year's Oscars, and the flame-haired beauty has received a nod for Best Actress, which is ''beyond any of her wildest imaginings''.

When she found out, Emma said: ''What a morning. I am so grateful for this honour and I'm so happy to share this feeling with my 'La La Land' family. The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie.

''I'm also overjoyed that the movie has connected with audiences in the way it has, and that it's hopefully bringing a kick in their step to those who watch it. This is beyond any of our wildest imaginings and we can't wait to celebrate together.''