Life if sweet, if extraordinarily full, for Emma Stone. The actress, 21, best known for films such as 2007’s “Superbad” and last year’s “Zombieland,” is in high demand in Hollywood, having completed work on the coming features “Easy A” and “Marmaduke,” and heading off in a week to an as-yet-untitled comedy with Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling. She’s also been cast in an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestseller “The Help.”
Speakeasy caught up with the actress during a promotional tour for the drama “Paper Man,” which comes out next Friday. Written and directed by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney, the indie stars Jeff Daniels as Richard, a middle-aged novelist cursed with both writer’s block and an imaginary friend known as Captain Excellent (Ryan Reynolds). Stone plays Abby, whom Richard hires to be his babysitter following a move to Long Island.
The Wall Street Journal: You moved to New York from L.A. last September. Are you happy with your decision?
Emma Stone: I needed a change of pace, and I don’t know that I’m ever going to go back. I knew I couldn’t move until I had met all the casting directors in L.A.. But even after I moved, I found myself flying back at least once a month, which is kind of weird, because I’m now staying in hotels in a place where I used to live.
“Paper Man” was shot in New York during the the winter of 2008. Is that really you in the scene where you’re jumping into the ocean in Montauk?
I distinctly remember that I shot that scene on or just after November 12 and the temperature was in the 30s that day. It was the second or third day of filming. They actually had a stunt double for me, the same woman who was my stunt double on “Zombieland,” but I ended up just doing it myself. It was important for me to feel that cold, because that’s what the character was experiencing.
Can adults and teenagers really be friends, like Richard and Abby in the film?
Absolutely. While shooting the film, I found out Kieran based his story on J.D. Salinger. After [Salinger] became a hermit, he would still go to local high school basketball games and let students interview him for the school paper, and he befriended them. Such friendships really can happen, but I’m not so naive as not to acknowledge there’s also a lot of scary stuff that exists in the world.
At the end of June’s you’re starting work on an adaptation of “The Help,” in which you play a wannabe writer in ’60s-era Jackson, Miss. How are you preparing for your first “period” piece?
I’m going to start working with a dialect coach starts very soon, because there’s always a fear, with Southern accents, that it can turn very twangy. I’ve also just ordered a bunch of books and DVDs. I’ve just ordered a Martin Luther King Jr. biography to read, a book on Jim Crow laws, and am catching on up all the classic Mississippi movies, such as “Mississippi Burning” and the 1978 TV miniseries “King.” Even “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”
From the Wall Street Journal
There is some release information and official web links for “Paper Man” – it will be opening in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. More cities and venues will be added as the summer nears – so I’ll post those when I find them out!
April 23rd in New York (Angelika Theater) and Los Angeles (Landmark Theater)
May 7th in Seattle (Landmark Metro)
May 21st in San Francisco (theater TBD)
There is now a trailer for “Paper Man” online! You can watch it below.
Thanks again to Tim, we now have some more photos of Emma at the “Paper Man” screening from Friday! There are 9 more photos added – you can see them by clicking on the previews below.
There is a live-stream from the screening of “Paper Man” last night and in it there is an interview with Emma! ( starts at 19:15 )
Thanks to Tim for the information!
Tonight was the screening for “Paper Man” at the Florida Film Festival and I have added the first picture of Emma at the screening! I’ve been scouring the internet and this all I can find, but I’ll definitely add anymore photos I find when I find them. :wink:
Is Taylor Swift dating “Glee” star Cory Monteith? Or, has she rekindled her romance with “Valentine’s Day” costar Taylor Lautner? Or, could it be that she is currently being romanced by pop’s biggest Casanova (and one time duet partner), John Mayer? Well, MTV News decided to get to the bottom of it, and checked in with Taylor’s pal, “Zombieland” star Emma Stone to get the low down on Taylor’s love life.
However, when MTV News’ Josh Horowitz inferred that Taylor was “apparently dating all three guys” during the junket for Emma’s new flick, “Paper Man,” she very empathetically laughed. “She’s busy!” Emma responded sarcastically. “I don’t think she even knows that! I’ll send her a text [and let her know!]”
So, let’s say Taylor needed some relationship advice, would she turn to Emma to help her sort out her current romantic entanglements? Why, of course! “Um sure… yeah! We talk about everything that friends talk about,” Emma reported. “Of course [we give each other relationship advice].”
With Taylor’s, uh, romances cleared up, we asked whether Emma had any plans to duet with the blonde bombshell anytime soon? “That would be terrifying!” she shared, laughing about the whole scenario of every having to jump on stage to sing with Taylor. It’s a good thing they bond over something else then: their great senses of humor!
Whether she’s poking fun at her clean-cut image in a rap with T-Pain or spoofing Taylor Lautner’s soapy drama “Twilight” on “Saturday Night Live,” Taylor Swift has certainly showed off her comedy chops. But “Superbad” star Emma Stone, a friend of Swift’s, revealed that the country cutie’s humor is much more wicked than anyone could imagine.
“She’s so great! We’re very different, but she has such a sick sense of humor,” Stone told MTV News. “Nobody knows that. She’s so great. People know … how hilarious she is. They’ve seen her on ‘SNL.’ People are seeing it more now, and she’s so funny and she’s exactly who you think she is, and I love that.”
How did Swift and Stone end up becoming friends in the first place? “We met at the Young Hollywood Awards for Hollywood Life magazine,” Stone explained. “We met there three years ago, and then I listened to some of her music, and I wrote her an e-mail saying I liked her music, I swear. And then we started talking and hanging out.”
Stone also praised Swift for how well she handled the infamous Kanye West VMA rant, noting that the whole fiasco was quite “ridiculous.” She said Swift was “so awesome and so gracious and fine” after the incident.