Emma Stone appeared on “Today” this morning and she was featured in 2 segments. The first segment they panned over to ask her if she would ever date a guy who wore make-up, where she answered “yes”. And the second segment was her interview. You can watch both clips below!
From Southern belle to high-octane action hero, there’s one thing you can say about Emma Stone: The girl’s got range. Here, the actress (and our July cover star) discusses her role in The Amazing Spider-Man and works it for the camera in some of fall’s most inspired looks.
Emma Stone brings a whole new style to the Spider-Man movies, with her trademark headbands and thigh-highs. We talked to Stone about her character’s possible Electra complex, unlearning love for Peter Parker, and the real-life science that went into this superhero story. Find out why she was studying stem cells during the making of Amazing Spider-Man.
Gwen Stacey is pretty iconic — you said you went through and did some research on her and her story. That was very apparent on screen, where everything down to her iconic thigh highs, her look, and the feel of the character seemed to come right off the comic page. How much of that was your preparation and how much of it were things that you worked on with Webb?
Costumes were done by Kim Barret, who is fantastic. We worked together (kind of) to make sure that Gwen felt like Gwen, but also made sense in the real world. And I’m a lot less voluptuous than Gwen, unfortunately, so it didn’t really go to those heights. But the signature headband, and the thigh-highs and the coats and all of that was important. Right down to the makeup. We really tried to keep her realistic and Earth-bound. And I’m by no means a supermodel or an unattainable looking person, so that element of Gwen was a bit different because she was such a beauty queen in the comic books. I’m more “next door” than she might be. So that, we worked on.
In terms of her as a character, [it was] kind of a hodgepodge of different versions of Gwen. I know she’s not very hippieish, and I don’t think she will ever be birthing Norman Osborn’s twins [like in the comics]. I don’t think that will be happening, or moving to London. We tried to keep some of that moxie in there, and some of that self-assuredness. She’s the daughter of a police chief. She’s the oldest daughter and there’s that responsibility that kicks in when she thinks that he could die any day. I think it was important that she took on that energy of being in charge of her family. And unwittingly she’s drawn to a man who is in the same position, a little Electra [complex] thing going on there.
How familiar are you with the science that your character deals with in this movie?
That’s a great question because I was homeschooled, and I hadn’t really been exposed to things like that. My aunt and uncle were scientists that worked for Merck. They had a hand in creating the cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil, so they are incredibly intelligent, fantastic minds. I’d always been fascinated by what they did. I myself — this is a little bit strange, but I had really bad acne a couple years ago. It was during a really stressful time period. I started going online, and trying to figure out what causes this kind of thing. And your cortisol production, and how those things change in your body. How things like Accutane work (I didn’t do that).
[The studio] took us to these labs and this was the first time in my life that I’ve really been very angry about not going to college, because I went to these labs and I was fascinated! I knew what they were talking about. We looked at Biophotonics, and what happens with cortisol fires off in your brain and how the same thing that causes acne can cause diabetes. And they’re proving that stress has a link. I was learning about regeneration. We were injecting axolotls and seeing how they removed their arms. We looked at stem cells that they wired to beat like a human heart. They are finding ways to do this. I was fascinated!
I asked, “What do I need to do to intern?” You need to be a college graduate. And I was like, “But I know what you’re talking about! I can learn!” It made me so upset. It’s like joining the Peace Corps, you have to be a college graduate. It sucks! I can learn, I can learn, I swear. So I really got so interested in Biology, that was one of the most exciting parts of this process, learning about medicine and regeneration and stem cells, all of it expanded my mind in so many different ways. Now, I’m going to take a Biology class.
This love story felt different it felt young, it felt goofy, it felt sweet? How did you decide to tell this love story between Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker?
In past movies I’ve done, there hasn’t been a love like this. In Superbad with Seth, it’s kind of a totally different thing — “Oh, he’s cute.” And in Easy A it’s Woodchuck Todd who is cute, but they’re focused on their own stories. This kind of swept me off my feet because she is truly in love with him. I think the approach was, I wanted again to experience that feeling of first love, before you know what it’s like to get your heart completely shattered. That life or death love, where you say, “I know what love is!” But in this circumstance, it actually is life or death. I wanted to feel that again. I wanted to unlearn. Go from the very beginning of, “Oh my God, there’s an attraction to another human being, in a way I’ve never felt that way before what is this?” It was a matter of unlearning, and letting yourself be 17 in these moments. It’s fun you guys should try it, it’s pretty cool, it’s pretty cool to feel that way.
I have updated our photo gallery with an additional 523 HQ and MQ images of Emma Stone from the Empire State Building lighting and at the “Late Show with David Letterman” taping. I also added an additional 112 HQ and MQ images from some of “The Amazing Spider-Man” premieres that happened in Europe.
Emma Stone Photo Gallery > Appearances > From 2012 > Celebrities Visit “Late Show With David Letterman”
Emma Stone Photo Gallery > Appearances > From 2012 > Cast Of “The Amazing Spider-Man” Lights The Empire State Building
Check out this clip of Emma Stone from her appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” that aired tonight!
“Today” will be airing another interview with Emma Stone tomorrow, June 26th! Make sure you tune into NBC to check it out!
Emma Stone has had a slew of red carpet appearances and interviews lately to promote “The Amazing Spider-Man,” but it’s been nothing but a breeze for the charismatic actress.
It seems no one is immune to her understated beauty and self-deprecating charm. In fact, her New York Magazine profile was so glistening that some article commenters lambasted its “girl crush” tone. Her fashion sense has been the center of envious attention, and her off-screen relationship with her “Spider-Man” co-star Andrew Garfield (which she’s reticent to publicly discuss) seems to be going swimmingly.
Clearly, Stone is doing something right. Taking a page out of Dale Carnegie’s famous self-help book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” she’s smiling, listening and appreciating her rise to the (“Easy”) A-list, making us fall deeper in love with her one step at a time.
From her PowerPoint-fueled Hollywood start to her humble rise to success, here are six ways that Emma Stone has won us over:
At 14, Stone enrolled as a freshman at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, Ariz., but she wanted to go to Los Angeles to be in the movies. So, as she recounted to Blackbook Magazine, in her freshman year she made a PowerPoint entitled “Project Hollywood 2004,” set it to Madonna’s “Hollywood” and used it to convince her parents to let her drop out of school and move to L.A. to audition for film and TV. Her mother stayed with her, homeschooling the Scottsdale, Ariz., native through high school.
Discerning choice of roles
Although “The Amazing Spider-Man” will likely be the role that reaches the biggest audience, her success has been climbing ever since she starred as the heart-meltingly hot high-school dream girl Jules in “Superbad.” She honed her comedic chops alongside co-star Jonah Hill before showing that con artists can be silly and sexy in “Zombieland,” and then, drum roll please, “Easy A” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” helped perfect her smart, sexy, wry sense of humor which she followed with a serious turn in “The Help,” establishing a hilarious, serious, various persona for the Emma Stone we now know and love.
The way Stone combines her sarcastic humor with real vulnerability has proven to be her siren song. Her turn as Olive Penderghast, a high-school student who video diaries her misunderstood “Scarlet Letter”-inspired life in “Easy A,” allowed Stone to showcase a witty, cultured, willing-to-be-humbled character who’s nothing but unforgettable. We hope she won’t use her siren song to crash us into a cliff, though, because when she turns on the comedic charm, it’s impossible to look away.
Between press tours, filming, photo shoots, interviews and maintaining some semblance of a personal life, the natural blonde seems nothing like the average 23-year-old. But compared to the likes of Angelina Jolie or Sean Penn — who are off doing good in Cambodia and Haiti, respectively — her stateside sensibility lends itself to greater approachability and relatability. We’re sure she’ll take up a cause or two when she’s older and more firmly entrenched in the Hollywood elite, but for now, Stone’s youthful, live-in-the-Hollywood moment sensibility is a surprisingly appreciated repose from the busy, hyperaffluent, seemingly out-of-touch movie star we’re used to.
Understated (yet unbelievable) looks
Sony Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper noted that with red hair, Stone looks less like “someone who will steal your boyfriend,” according to New York Magazine. But whether she’s a redhead, blonde or brunette, the actress, who’s now the new face of Revlon, could steal a boyfriend or two sporting any hair color. “The pretty thing … it was never a value to me growing up,” she told the magazine, adding that she signed with Revlon so young girls would know they don’t have to look like models to be beautiful. To judge for yourself whether she doesn’t have the looks of a model, here are a few of her “Spider-Man” red carpet looks. (For the record, yes, she’s model material.)
She’s not the center of the world (but she is)
Perhaps the most refreshing — although most difficult to believe — quality of Stone is that she isn’t too interested in herself or in sharing her stories. “I freak out having a Facebook” she told New York Magazine, noting that she only wants her closest friends to know the most personal details of her life, specifically concerning Garfield. Yet, considering the fact that her face seems to dominate the newstand (now on the July Vogue cover), if she wanted to tell story after self-centered story, we’re sure millions would be glad to perk up and listen.
Early this morning, Emma Stone and her “The Amazing Spider-Man” co-stars were guests on “Today”. You can now watch their interview below!