We recently had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with Emma Stone about her upcoming turn as a burgeoning writer and journalist in this summer's genuinely heartwarming tearjerker, The Help. (Stay tuned for our complete coverage on the film).
Towards the end of our dialogue, Stone spoke about the things that appeal to her about being a part of a project like The Amazing Spider-Man, where she will portray the iconic Gwen Stacy.
Said Stone, about what made here want to take on the high-profile role of a famous comic book character - and her love of Comic-Con:
"I was drawn to that part because I really liked what happens between Gwen and Peter and so I'm excited about that. That's pretty much what my involvement is, is with Peter, and I think Andrew is incredible so that was really wonderful for me. And then I'm also excited about -- and this is kind of weird...Well, I guess it's not weird, but I think it's really interesting to be a part of something that so many people hold close to their hearts, that so many people grew up with. To get to like be involved in this world of passionate people.
Comic Con is one of my favorite places in the world. I got to go for Zombieland and it is just a full convention center of people who care so much, and that is incredible. I mean maybe just as an actor passion is so exciting and all that emotion. I mean it literally buzzes, being in those convention rooms with 5,000 people, it's buzzing. And to be a part of something that has that kind of passion, and that kind of enthusiasm behind it is kind of a cool, exciting thing."
When asked how she was responding to the flood of attention that she is receiving as a result of being a part of such a large scale blockbuster film, Stone took a long pause and replied laughingly:
"It changes on a daily basis. I don't know, I think everybody in this cast ("The Help") is doing a lot right now. I guess I was just in a lot of movies that studios have been promoting on buses and things like that. You know everybody is really doing a lot and has a lot of incredible things going on so we're all kind of in a similar boat -- just in a different way."
With a cast filled with a wealth of talented actors such as Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Mary Steenburgen, and Sissy Spacek, it feels natural to assume that were would be some trading of pearls of wisdom. Both Viola Davis and Emma Stone laughingly refuted that assumption, however, saying, "there was none of that."
Though Stone did admit that, "Sissy Spacek told me to wear sunscreen."
She continued by saying, "Yeah I think that would be the most obnoxious thing in the world to sit someone down and say, 'now let me tell you...'"
Viola Davis chimed in [with faux Meryl Streep authority]: "'Yeah back in 1980-something when I did 'Sophie's Choice....'"
To which Stone inquired, "Does Meryl (Streep) give a lot of advice?"
Davis, who plays Aibileen Clark in The Help and worked with Streep on Doubt, replied, "You know she doesn't give a lot of advice, I would say that in general, but there are times that she sneaks it in...she'll sneak it in! And you're like, 'Okay, you're telling me what to do right now.' But you know I wsould take her advice, if she gave it to me."
Stone seems to see the trajectory of her career as similar to those of her cast mates, each deeply talented women with moments of increased attention at various points in their professional lives. While each of these seasoned (and yet still impassioned) actors agree that Stone has the talent, passion, intelligence and grace to navigate the waters of fame while staying grounded in what she loves about her work. Bryce Dallas Howard said simply, "She's gonna be one of the greats."
You can see Emma Stone in The Help starting on August 10th.
The Amazing Spider-Man will be in theaters on July 3, 2012.
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