Emma Stone’s star will soon shine on Broadway when she debuts in “Cabaret,” but the actress’s latest projects have been darker than her previous roles in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Easy A” and, earlier this year, “Magic in the Moonlight.”
In the film “Birdman,” directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, she plays Sam, a young woman fresh out of rehab and furious at her father, Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton). Sam agrees to be his assistant as he obsesses over staging his Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver story, but then feels neglected and relegated to menial tasks like getting his coffee.
Ms. Stone, 25 years old, filmed several of her “Birdman” scenes on the rooftop of Broadway’s St. James Theatre on 44th Street, just 10 blocks from where she will star in her own show, “Cabaret” at Studio 54, starting Nov. 11.
In “Cabaret,” she is set to take over the role of Sally Bowles, the despairing singer at the Kit Kat Klub in 1931 Berlin. Directed by Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes, this Roundabout Theatre Company revival stars Alan Cumming as the Emcee and, currently, Michelle Williams as Sally.
Sally is a tragic figure, for whom love is fleeting—and a role Ms. Stone has wanted to play ever since she watched Natasha Richardson sing “Cabaret” as a 9-year-old girl.
Ms. Stone spoke with the Journal about “Birdman” and “Cabaret,” navigating social media as a public person, and redirecting paparazzi interest. An edited transcript follows.
In “Birdman,” Sam is often on the periphery of things, then becomes the center of some key action. Were you able to use that to your advantage to play her?
It’s a good question, because she is lurking and sitting on her phone on the outskirts of scenes a lot of the time. It was one of those always-watching kind of feelings. I feel like a lot of people distract themselves when they’re on their phone, but they’re sort of aware of what’s happening around them, which gives them more insights than maybe it seems.
In the scene when Sam lashes out at her dad, it’s intense when she yells, “You don’t exist!” but also kind of funny because she’s criticizing him for not caring about Twitter and Facebook.
Because it’s such a tangent, I thought it was probably something she had written down in a journal when she was in rehab, as something she had felt about him and had probably said to herself a million times, and was activated enough to say it to him the first time. Which I think felt different than what she expected it to feel. I don’t think I saw it as comedy or tragedy, so much as just this little truth bomb that she was finally getting the chance to throw at him.
Sam tries to show him the power of YouTube and social media. How do you negotiate your own power on the Internet as a public person?
I don’t have a public social-media account—Twitter or Instagram or anything—but I have apps on my phone of Huffington Post or the Guardian. I look at people’s Twitter.
Because I don’t really engage with it on a personal level, I don’t see comments personally directed at me or respond to anything in that way. I think maybe it’s easier to stay removed in some sense. I don’t feel at the mercy of whoever’s “@”-replying me, you know?
But it is interesting because there’s just so much of it now. There’s just so many websites and so many different forums. I grew up loving the Internet so much and building websites. I had an e-zine that I would send to three people who would subscribe, who were probably all my mom under different screen names, before blogging was really a thing. I think now there’s an overwhelming nature that’s sort of inherent to social media—all the tweets and the constant-ness of it is a little much for me.
I’ve added to the gallery 7HQ candid photos of Emma and Andrew out in New York City on October 31st. Enjoy!
Candids > 2014 > OCTOBER 31ST – Out in New York City
Emma attended premiere of her newest movie “Birdman” and the opening of 71th Venice Film Festival in Italy yesterday (August 27th). She looks beautiful in dress by Valentino Couture. In the gallery you can find 130 high and medium quality photos from the event. Also, I’ve added 119 medium quality photos from “Birdman” photocall that took place on the same day.
Appearances > 2014 > AUGUST 27TH – Premiere of “Birdman” during the 71th Venice Film Festival
Appearances > 2014 > AUGUST 27TH – ” Birdman ” photocall during the 71th Venice Film Festival
I’ve added to the gallery first medium quality photos of Emma at Venicie Airport in Italy. She’s there for the 71st Venice Film Festival. Enjoy!
Candids > 2014 > AUGUST 26TH – at Venice Airport, Italy
It’s official: Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut in the current Roundabout Theatre Company revival of “Cabaret.”
The 25-year-old will replace Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who made her debut in the role of showgirl Sally Bowles when the revival opened at Studio 54 in April. Stone will take over as Sally beginning Nov. 11 (Williams exits Nov. 9) and will play the role until Feb. 1, 2015.
Alan Cumming — who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the show’s Emcee in the 1998 Broadway production, which serves as the basis of this revival — will extend his run through March 29, 2015, thus confirming that yet another actress may get to tread the Cabaret boards before the show’s run is through.
Stone was linked to the show in 2013 during Roundabout’s initial announcement, but film scheduling conflicts forced her to back out. Last week, word broke that she had entered negotiations to join the show when Williams vacates the iconic role.
Unrelated but completely related, Stone’s beau Andrew Garfield made his Broadway debut in 2012’s “Death of a Salesman.” Again, unrelated… but completely related.
Another on the set photos have been added to our gallery. This time Emma and Joaquin Phoenix were spotted rehearsing a few scenes at a local park in Newport, Rhode Island.
Movies > 2015 – Untitled Woody Allen Project > On set – August 6, 2014
I’ve finally added new photos of Emma on the set of upcoming Woody Allen’s movie. She was filming kissing scenes with Joaquin Phoenix. Enjoy!
Movies > 2015 – Untitled Woody Allen Project > On set – August 2, 2014
Here it is! The first clip from Magic in the Moonlight movie with Emma and Colin Firth. Clip is called “I’m Not Wrong” and you can watch it below.