Back on March 18, Emma was on Live with Kelly and Michael and you can view the interview below!
Hanging out in extremely fancy hotel suites with celebrities is by no means the worst part of my job, but an afternoon spent with Emma Stone—who was just named the new face of Revlon’s Nearly Naked makeup line coming out in January—at The London Hotel was especially fun. Probably because Stone herself is a plain old good time. When I walked in she was curled up next to a window with an insane view of New York’s skyline, but what caught my attention was her pale pink Daniel Vosovic dress and to-die-for Chloe trench, which she quickly explained was “borrowed.” Then we got to talking and it turns out that we have more in common than our love of khaki jackets—we’re both into french fries, Les Mis, Joan Didion, and we have what most would call an unusual interest in the psychology of serial killers. Of course this sort of talk made her publicist’s ears perk, but we both put on big smiles and a thumbs up and Emma said, “We love Revlon!” so she wouldn’t think we were veering too far off topic. Sadly, our shared interests most likely won’t be the start of a blossoming friendship, but if I had to pick one celeb to add to my pack of girlfriends it would be Stone.
Here’s what gets her going these days:
Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple
The lip butter is the first thing that my face was ever “attached” to and I really love it. I wear it pretty often. It’s kind of like a chapstick, but it has some color in it, so it’s easy to wear all the time.
Blue Nights by Joan Didion
If you’re a Joan Didion fan and have read The Year of Magical Thinking then you need to read her new book because its about Quintana dying. It’s pretty awful, but it’s so beautiful.
The Banjo Ukulele
Somebody got me a banjo-ukulele and I just started fooling around on it. It’s been pretty great. I’ve never played an instrument before in my life, except for the flute in fourth grade, but it’s small enough for my hands so I’ve been screwing around with it and I learned “What a Wonderful World” which is really fun on a ukulele. You can get the tabs online—it’s pretty easy.
Yah! I just saw a screening of Les Mis—oh my god—it is mind-blowing. It’s so good that it’s kind of stupid. It was the first musical that I ever saw when I was eight or nine, so I always had a connection to it. The movie holds up like you can’t believe. It’s amazing.
I love his stuff. I’ve worn his clothing three or four times in a row. It’s so comfortable, cute, simple, and clean, but always with something fun. Like this dress I’m wearing right now is open in the back, which is so cool. My stylist, Petra Flannery, is behind anything that I wear—it’s a collaboration, but she’s the brains behind the operation. I have gotten more into fashion now that I’ve been more exposed to it throughout the years.
I’m a sucker for Johnny Rockets. I could go to Johnny Rockets and get grilled cheese with cheddar on white bread and french fries and vanilla-peanut butter malt. I love cheddar cheese—not American cheese, which tastes like a credit card. I use extra-sharp cheddar and then my secret is to put put some garlic salt on one side when you’re making it and then I butter on both sides to really do it up.
Madewell and Lanvin Flats
Flat shoes. Of course. I find it so crazy that so many women wear heels all day. I wear these Madewell flats all the time. I’m trying to wear other shoes more often, but they’re my favorite. And I have a pair of those Lanvin ballet shoes—the ones that curl up—I’ve had them for five years and I still wear them all the time.
I can tell you pretty much anything about Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer. I’m fascinated to see how [someone becomes a serial killer] that happens and whether or not you can trace it back to a moment in their childhood. I find the psychology behind it interesting. Something can be so traumatizing to one child, but the same thing could happen to another child and he’ll turn out completely fine. What causes someone to want to do that? It’s so scary for parents because every moment is a chance that they need to be like, “I better handle this one well.”
On that note…we’re excited to see Emma Stone’s Revlon ads all over the city. And seriously Emma, if you get bored or whatever, I’m game to eat grilled cheese and profile serial killers with you.
Everyone, prepare to fall in love with Emma Stone. I snagged a few minutes with the star (and Revlon spokesperson) yesterday and got to pick her brain about her hair, makeup and nails–all things beauty. And since we covered a LOT of ground, I bolded some of the highlights for you antsy-types.
TGIBD: I know that you put together a PowerPoint presentation for your parents to get them to let you start acting. I’m wondering if it was as hard to get them to let you wear makeup for the first time?
Emma: It wasn’t as hard—although that wasn’t that hard either because they were pretty great about it. I did a lot of youth theater so I had to do my own makeup before the show so I was like “Aw, hell yeah!” I was just all about makeup, makeup, makeup for the shows. So I would wear that home and out stuff so I was really into makeup and then they were kind of like, Oh OK. I mean, it wasn’t as heavy as my Eeyor makeup.
TGIBD: Do you do your makeup still now? Is that something you enjoy doing?
Emma: I do! I really like to do it. But now, unfortunately, I know I can’t do it as well as the professionals so I’m always a little bit disappointed by my own hand. But I’ve always really enjoyed makeup, yeah.
TGIBD: What are some of your must-haves right now?
Emma: On the Revlon-front, I really love the Lip Butter and the Nearly Naked Foundation [Ed note: It's new—watch for it!]. And then in general, I really like highlighters and anything that looks kind of shimmery because I can’t used powders because I’m so dry. So I like the J Lo Glo. I’m super-into the J Lo Glow.
TGIBD: And how to you apply highlighter?
Emma: I kind of just mix it with my foundation.
TGIBD: You were saying that your skin is dry, what is your skincare regimen?
Emma: It changes all the time. I’m super-promiscuous. It depends. The thing I like the most is just straight oils—olive oil, argon oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil—but unfortunately, a lot of that stuff is too heavy to wear all over your face all the time, which I’m learning slowly but surely. So I’ve been using Cetaphil and a lot of Ulta lotions and a lot of SPF.
TGIBD: How about for your hair?
Emma: I don’t really have a hair “thing.” I try to get trims every once and a while when I remember but I usually don’t remember for, like, 6 months. I’m not great about my hair. And I have, like, feathers where hair should be! It’s really really fine. My hair is a battle. It’s an uphill, fine, baby-haired battle. It’s bone-straight and I have some pieces that my hairstylist stuck in my hair right now because if she didn’t you could see my hair through my ears right now. I mean, not to brag. There’s not much going on there.
TGIBD: If you’re going out for a night and you’re doing your own makeup, what’s your go-to look?
Emma: Eyeliner and a little bit more shadow. I don’t think I’d do something on my lips because I eat lipstick, so I don’t think it would be a good call. That’s pretty much the extent of my expertise.
TGIBD: Do you have an eyeliner you love?
Emma: Whatever’s around. I have a checkered past. I’ll take any eyeliner that comes my way.
TGIBD: If you had to look and think Well, that was a failure, have you tried anything beauty-wise you just think I’m never doing that again?
Emma: [Doesn’t even skip a beat] Yeah, when I was 16 there was this really awesome phase I went through where I wore bedazzled belts and tank tops with bolero jackets, and I was super-spray-tanned. I wore a ton of bronzer and raccoon eyes and [pause for effect] acrylic nails.
TGIBD: Acrylic nails?
Emma: Welcome to my life when I was like 15 and 16. I really kept them up for like a solid 6 months to maybe a year. Then for my new movie Gangster Squad, it’s set in 1949, so I had to get these rounded acrylic red nails that were like talons, and it brought back awful memories. And then my nails were messed up for another 6 months!
TGIBD: And you have dry skin so you probably also get dry nails?
Emma: I have weak nails, weak hair, weak skin and a weak bicep. What can I say?
Stepping into a photographer’s lens is old hat for in-demand Emma Stone.
Until recently, that is, when The Amazing Spider-Man star sat down to be photographed by famous fashion photographer Steven Klein (a longtime collaborator of Lady Gaga’s) and found herself wrapped in her mother Krista’s arms.
“It was so wonderful and special,” says Stone, who shot the black-and-white portrait as a global brand ambassador for Revlon’s first public service campaign, “Your Lips Can Save Lives.” The PSA emphasizes the importance of talking to loved ones about cancer and promotes early detection.
Stone’s mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 48 in 2008, is “about to hit her four-year-clear mark,” says Stone, 23. “She still has surgeries to go, and that time period is always kind of present still. So doing that (photo shoot) was just — she’s here. We’re here together as mother and daughter. It was hugely emotional, and I think everyone on set knew that and was hugely supportive of that.”
Stone recalls watching her mother brave chemotherapy for 25 weeks as a “really difficult, terrifying time.” And it included a major lesson: “To me, as her daughter who was not going through that incredible struggle, I had this insane amount of clarity. My mind is so muddled all the time with the past and the future, that it was like an inexplicable jolt into the ‘now’ the whole time that she was going through this. Because I realized — all you have is the present.”
Look closer at photos of Stone and you’ll see a small tattoo on her wrist, one she got with her mother to mark beating cancer. “We got blackbird feet. It’s from that (Beatles) song Blackbird: Take these broken wings and learn to fly. It seemed appropriate for the occasion.”
Today, Stone is an advocate for “the importance of getting checked every single year, because a year before at her (mother’s) mammogram she didn’t have the tumor.” Mother and daughter walked in the annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women in New York in May.
These days, Stone has been happily out of the spotlight, “laying low,” and hanging out in New York after wrapping months of promotion for The Amazing Spider-Man, which grossed a staggering $700 million worldwide.
What does recovery from a “crazy” global press tour look like? “You freak out for two weeks being in one place,” she says with a laugh. “At least that was my experience, just sheer confusion for two solid weeks afterward.”
Not that she’s slowing down. Stone has the period crime drama Gangster Squad opening in January and Spider-Man 2 to make ( “that’ll be next year”). And recently she signed on to work with one of her idols, Cameron Crowe.
“Other than SNL, working with him has been my dream for as long as I can remember,” she says. “So it’s pretty crazy to hear that out loud.” Stone says the idea is based on Deep Tiki, a script Crowe wrote years ago when Ben Stiller was attached to the project. “I don’t want to describe it quite yet because I’m a little knock-on-wood still. We’ll see what the ultimate, final version is. But it’s fantastic, I can tell you that.”
I have uploaded Emma Stone being interviewed by Cameron Crowe for “Interview” magazine into our press archive!
Emma Stone has credited Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb with bringing “humanity” to the movie.
The actress said she was convinced Webb was the perfect choice to helm the Marvel superhero epic after seeing his previous film (500) Days of Summer.
“I think that Marc clearly… I mean, for (500) Days of Summer you can tell that Marc cares about love and he cares about humanity. And that was incredibly important for this movie, for The Amazing Spider-Man,” Stone said, reports Flicks and Bits.
She further explained: “He prioritised the relationships just as much as the action. I know he had a million voices in his ear because a movie like this there’s a lot of opinions all the time on everything, and he would come in on Sundays to work on the scenes with us and break them down and build them all the way back up until we had the same scene that was written on the page but we had analysed it to death.
“He was incredibly, incredibly kind and willing to work on that relationship. For my experience, I was very grateful that he came from that background.”
Stone also recently lavished praise on co-star Andrew Garfield when she compared him to legendary star Meryl Streep.
The Amazing Spider-Man is now playing in US and UK cinemas.
Emma Stone Dishes on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
Emma Stone on reinterpreting Spiderman mythology, being called a trailblazer.
Playing the love interest in a tentpole comic book movie can be a daunting challenge for any actress but for Emma Stone it was a challenge she accepted.
Before taking the role of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man, which opens at midnight tonight, Sam Raimi’s Spidey trilogy was the extent of Stone’s knowledge of the legendary comic book character. Reelz asked Stone if she was hesitant about being part of the worldwide phenomenon that is Spider-Man.
Yeah, I think there was hesitation then I tried to get my head out of my own ass and be like ‘OK, not necessarily going to happen to you, you’re not that interesting.’
At least one person thinks Stone is that interesting — her co-star and current real-life boyfriend, Andrew Garfield, whom Stone called a real charmer. The actor, best known for his role in The Social Network, returned the compliment, saying Stone is a brilliant actress and person.
Definitely a charmer.