Emma Stone is following up one fantastic year in 2010 with an even better one in 2011. With Crazy, Stupid, Love and Friends with Benefits’ recent releases and The Help arriving on screens August 10, it seems the red-haired actress is everywhere. Oh and then there’s that little movie called The Amazing Spider-Man that she just finished shooting.
In The Help, Emma Stone is Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a young writer who has grown up with the poorly paid help literally raising her. She has seen firsthand not only the difficult life The Help must endure, but also the severe prejudice that is rampant in 1960s Mississippi. With the stroke of her pen, she hopes to write a book detailing what life is like in the South from the perspective of The Help -- something that has never been done, is extremely dangerous and highly illegal.
The Help is based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett and features an incredible cast (don’t miss our review going live August 10) at the top of their careers handling a story that is equally as tough as it is tender in one of the best films of the year.
Movie Fanatic: Your success seems to be growing exponentially. What keeps you down-to-earth?
Emma Stone: I’m crazy [laughs]. It’s nice that it’s not coming across so much, though. My mom and my dad never boosted me up, irrationally. They never told me, “Oh, you’re so great! Look at you go!” They said, “We’re proud of you and we’re happy you’re doing what you want to do.” But, I could drive a garbage truck and they would say the same thing, if that was my passion. I’ve just got a good momma.
Movie Fanatic: Viola Davis and your relationship onscreen just pops. Was that evident from the first table read?
Emma Stone: I think we were pretty lucky because -- for the most part -- we were relatively chronological in shooting. Skeeter and Aibileen don’t really know each other very well at the beginning. They slowly get to know each other, which was our experience as well. It was relatively chronological, so it wasn’t that we felt the need to develop this deep, long-lasting friendship chemistry from the very beginning.
Movie Fanatic: How do you handle fans’ expectations for a film? You have that with The Help and will certainly have that with The Amazing Spider-Man.
Emma Stone: I always struggle with expecting anything. I don’t know. We’ll have to see. It’s that expectation thing. I don’t know what people are expecting from Spider-Man. It’s like that with The Help, too. When you are part of a movie that has a fan base already built in, audiences come in with these expectations. You just hope that they’ll be happy with the way the story was told and the way it was translated for the screen.
Movie Fanatic: Where does being on the cover of Vanity Fair rank for you?
Emma Stone: I’m in a bikini on Vanity Fair, and I don’t wear bikinis in real life [laughs]. There was one set-up where they were like, “Wear a bikini because we’re in St. Bart’s.” I was like, “Okay.” I had the stomach flu for that whole shoot and I was vomiting. So when I look at that cover, I see the stomach flu and a really great photographer [laughs]. It just feels so different than you think it would feel.
Movie Fanatic: You had a great year in 2010 with Easy A and now in 2011 with Friends with Benefits, Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Help -- all while filming Spider-Man -- do you feel your life is changing?
Emma Stone: If I had a nickel… actually, let me say something. There’s nothing you can know until you know. There have been a million times in my life where that’s happened. I was like, “When I turn 13, I’m going to get my own phone line in my room and I’m going to make so many phone calls to all my friends. I’m going to be up all night talking on the phone.” And, it was exciting for two days, but the phone never rang. Then, I was like, “When I’m 16, I’m going to get a car, drive wherever I want and do whatever I want.” And, I picked up my friends for a couple weeks, and then I was like, “Oh God, I just want to stay home.” There are a million things in life where people say, “This is going to happen,” or “That is going to happen,” or “Here’s how it’s going to feel.” And, pretty much, it just feels embarrassing.