I heard your trademark raspy voice came from a childhood malady?
I have a hiatal hernia, which is a hernia that you’re born with, and I had terrible stomachaches the first six months of my life, so I screamed myself hoarse every day when I was awake. To this day, my mom is sent into violent shudders if she hears a baby crying like that! I gave myself nodules before I could talk, so my voice was at this pitch as a toddler.
Not a lot of people know you got your start on The New Partridge Family.
It was totally, 100 percent a reality show. My mom had never pushed me to audition for anything, but she saw a commercial on TV for it and said, “You look like Susan Dey a little, and just dyed your hair brown … Why don’t you give this a shot? I have a weird feeling.” I did it and ended up winning. I don’t regret it for a minute.
How were you cast as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man (in theaters July 3)?
I worked with Sony on Superbad, Zombieland, and Easy A, and they had talked with me about Mary Jane originally. When it came back around to Gwen Stacy, they asked if I’d audition, and Andrew [Garfield] had already been cast [as Spider-Man]. I looked into the saga of Gwen Stacy and it was stunning—a huge slice of pop-culture history.
Director Marc Webb told me your chemistry with Andrew from the first audition was electric.
I could feel there was something there, and we were able to do improv in the audition, which was great. As an actor, too, my go-to thing between takes is to sit there and self-flagellate, say things like “Oh, that was f–king terrible … I’m so sorry you had to see that!” But he instantly had this great way of knocking me down for doing that.
Is it that back-and-forth that makes you two work off-screen as well?
I don’t know what you’re talking about! [Laughs]
You’ve also got The Gangster Squad out in September, marking your second go-around with Ryan Gosling.
He challenged me a lot on The Gangster Squad because we sort of goofed around on Crazy, Stupid, Love. It was fun to do something set in the ’40s because we secretly both wish we were from that era.
Have you poked fun at him for any of the Ryan Gosling Internet memes?
I haven’t! But there was one really amazing picture I saw called “Cholafied” where they added lip liner and eyebrows on his face. That guy. Why do people put so many memes on Gosling! I think it was The Notebook that started it, and before our movie he had the “Hey Girl” memes.
Were there any things you geeked out on as a kid, like comics?
I was a huge computer nerd. I built websites! I would go on online forums, had a bunch of Internet friends, and would build free websites for people because I was trying to teach myself HTML. I had an online newsletter called Neptune, which was an e-zine for girls 12 to 18 where I made up the advice column and wrote articles. I thought I wanted to be a journalist for a long time. I still kind of do.
Emma Stone is scheduled to be a guest on the talk show “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday, June 25th! The show airs on CBS – check your local TV listings for exact air times in your area!
Don’t forget, Emma Stone will be appearing on “Live with Kelly” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday, June 26th!
Glamour.com editor Jenn Selby interviews Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone about the latest Spider-man release.
I have updated the photo gallery with 10 HQ scans of Emma Stone from the July 2012 issue of “Vogue” magazine!
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Hello everyone! I’m updating for Jennifer this evening to bring you the first pics of Emma attending the Rome premiere of “The Amazing Spider Man. More will follow over the next few days as more images are released! Enjoy for now!
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Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are featured in this weekend’s edition of “USA Weekend”.
As adolescents, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone struggled to overcome external obstacles: his face-covering eczema, her horrific acne, his parents’ mandate that he study business, her frustration with traditional schooling.
Now, years and accolades later, they’re set to revisit the transformational teen years playing Peter Parker and his first love, Gwen Stacy, in The Amazing Spider-Man. The latest interpretation of the webslinger’s story, out July 3, pits heart-wrenching growing pains against Parker’s mysterious lineage, a hostile police chief and the diabolical Lizard.
“This is why I love Peter Parker so much,” says Garfield, 28. “The struggle of when you feel stronger on the inside than in fact you literally are on the outside. … It was the same struggle I had.”
On a rainy day in New York City, Garfield and Stone sniffle with colds. Armed with antibiotics and their senses of humor, the real-life couple race through cultural references (Beatles to Bridesmaids), curious musings (“Do you see blue the way I see blue?”) and lighthearted teasing (“What was I saying?” “Just something incredibly uninteresting.”)
When Garfield orders soy milk with his latte, he grimaces. “Sorry, I just discovered I am lactose-intolerant. I am not the pretentious person who asks for soy.”
It may be clear to him that he is not that guy now, but while growing up in London, Garfield had little idea who he was or what he wanted.
“My plan was no plan,” says Garfield, whose father was a swim coach and mother a teaching assistant. “I was a gymnast and a swimmer, and my dad said to do business, and so I did. But I was in the wrong room with all of it.”
That phrase — “the wrong room” — comes from a talk that resonated with Garfield, in which a failing student is taken from the classroom and left alone in a room. She begins to dance, and discovering her calling, eventually becomes a renowned choreographer. She had just been learning, as he puts it, “in the wrong room.”
At 16, Garfield finally stepped into the right one: a theater. A visit to London’s Théâtre de Complicité and a new drama teacher inspired him to pursue acting seriously. The actor’s eyes bulge as he hugs himself, reliving the discovery. “I was like, ‘Ohhhh. Myyy. God. Finally home. Home! Home! Home!’”
Stone’s “home”-coming began years before she, at 15, famously used a PowerPoint presentation to persuade her parents to move her to Los Angeles. Bored with sixth grade, Stone made a plea for home schooling.
“I told my parents, ‘We are 44th in the country in education in Arizona,’” says Stone, now 23. “It was incredible. I got to take philosophy and religion and screenwriting —”
“Amazing,” Garfield interjects. Her story strikes a chord with him, as he leans in close. It’s one of the many moments the interview segues into an eavesdropped conversation; their excitement in learning about the other spilling out in exclamations, interjections and obvious delight.
“And I could do back-to-back plays — ”
“You were like, ‘I. Know. Myself.’”
“I knew from a really early age that I wanted to act — ”
“You revolutionized your whole school situation!”
“And I had just started doing improv and theater — ”
“I found my people. I found my glee club.”
“I think that people that are really inspiring are the people who aren’t following a path, that are just following their own guide,” Garfield concludes. “Which is what you did when you were a kid, and that’s incredibly cool and inspiring.”
From pivotal adolescent moments came adult critical sucess. Stone nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for her work in Easy A and was praised for her performance 2011’s The Help. Garfield, last seen in the 2010 Oscar winner The Social Network, recently earned a Tony nomination starring in a revival of Death of a Salesman.
Garfield and Stone work hard to counteract some of the more mind-numbing elements of promoting a new film. Stone has swapped the Internet and her magazine addiction for books. (“What human reads?” Garfield quips. “It’s so retro, like a vintage activity!”)
“On the press trip for Spider-Man, I’ll have to do interviews and tell people why my hair is blond and who my favorite designers are and what my beauty regimens are,” Stone says. “Then I am going to go home and read [Joan] Didion and say, ‘Yes, this is reality.’”
On the flip side, Garfield tempers the intensity of his stage role with mindless distractions.
“In the long run, [Salesman] will be really good for me, but during has been really terrible for me in a lot of ways because your body does not know it is not real,” Garfield says of his seven-shows-a-week schedule. “You go through trauma every night. Maybe that is why I feel the need to act stupid otherwise.”
Later this summer, the couple plan a little down time. Perhaps they’ll hang out in their new Manhattan apartment or stroll the city hand-in-hand (their sidewalk canoodling is a favorite paparazzi shot).
“Down time for me looks like two weeks of real happiness,” Garfield says. “Then a few months of ‘What am I doing? What am I doing? What am I doing?’”
All the right things, it seems, in the right room.
Check out this new interview with Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield done by Teen.com!
“The Amazing Spider-Man” leading lady, Emma Stone, reveals what drove her to take the part of Gwen Stacy, who is dubbed “one of the most tragic characters in the Marvel universe.” Saying that “it’s gonna be interesting” to play the first love of Peter Parker, Emma admits she’s attracted to the “heart-wrenching” story of the blond character.
“I think I have a morbid curiosity,” Emma tells Total Film. “I’ve always had this awareness of my own mortality, so it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s pretty epic.’ And also [SPOILER ALERT!] the way her death goes is so heart-wrenching and so tragic, it’s not just her death but it’s all the other elements of it that are huge draw to the character.”
She continues, “Does that sound f***ed up? I thought it was awesome. I just thought it was just staggering, and so bold. And I know people boycotted the comics when it happened. It’s a really wild and oddly very exciting element for me to play. There’s a little insight into my psyche.”
The “Easy A” actress also dubs Gwen a “damsel in distress” though the character is actually an independent woman. She says, “I’m so lucky that I’ve gotten to play independent, smart women that are strong and sure of themselves. But there’s something about Gwen that is kind of the ultimate damsel in distress and I was also attracted to that, to that side of women that [say], ‘Wait! Save me!’ ”
On building her chemistry with Andrew Garfield, Emma confesses that it was not that easy despite the fact that Andrew is her real-life boyfriend. “Well, I think the thing about chemistry is – I might be wrong, other people might disagree with me – but it’s kinda hard to build chemistry. To build relationship is one thing, but chemistry is so…”
“You either have that thing – that rapport, and you get each other – or you don’t. And so the chemistry part was nice because he was just really easy to get along with instantly, but then you’re building the character.”
“The Amazing Spider-Man” will reveal “the untold story” of Peter a.k.a Spidey. Like most teenagers his age, he is trying to figure out who he is and how he to be the person he is today. In his journey to put the pieces of his past together, he uncovers a secret that his father held. The secret will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man.
The Marvel superhero movie will make its way out onto the U.S. cinemas on July 3.