Emily Jean Stone was born on November 6, 1988, in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she started acting at an early age. With her striking beauty and sincere talent, the Golden Globe-nominated actress (for Easy A) has claimed her place as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses.
She recently wrapped filming a still untitled Cameron Crowe project opposite Bradley Cooper and Alec Baldwin which will be released on Christmas Day 2014. She also finished shooting the Woody Allen film Magic In The Moonlight in which she stars opposite Colin Firth, set for release later this year, too.
Besides The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Emma will soon be seen in the dark comedy Birdman, starring opposite Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. Previously, she lent her voice to the hit animated film, The Croods. And she will soon reprise her role as the voice of Eep for the sequel, which will hit theaters in July of 2017.
Emma’s additional film credits include the period drama Gangster Squad, Easy A, the award-winning drama The Help, the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, Friends With Benefits, Paperman, the animated comedy Marmaduke, Zombieland, the romantic comedy Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past, The House Bunny, The Rocker; and the ensemble comedy Superbad.
When not filming, Emma is an advocate for Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. Laura Ziskin, the late producer of The Amazing Spider-Man, started the organization and got Emma involved.
In addition to SU2C, Stone is also an ambassador for Gilda’s Club New York City. Named for Gilda Radner, the late comedian and original cast member of SNL, Gilda’s Club offers a place where people dealing with cancer can join together to build social and emotional support. Stone has become an active member in the Gilda’s Club community and continues to do so by engaging with their younger departments for children and teens.
Here, she talks about her latest movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, where she reprises her role as Spider-Man’s love interest Gwen Stacy.
Hi Emma, thanks for the interview. I’m honored to have this opportunity to speak with you.
Oh, thank you, Kam!
I’ve admired your versatility and so much of your work, from Superbad to Zombieland to Easy A to Crazy, Stupid, Love to The Help to Gangster Squad to Spider-Man.
How it was reuniting with the cast and crew to do Spider-Man 2?
It was so great! I had never worked with the same cast and crew twice in a row before. So, I had a really good time. We had a nice rapport and trust among all of us, and with the new cast members as well, like Dane [DeHaan] and Jamie [Foxx]. It was a blast!
Are you at all like Gwen?
In some ways, yes, since I find things about myself that can relate to every character that I’ve played. So, yeah. But in other ways, maybe not as much (laughs).
What’s the difference between a screen romance with a superhero and one with an ordinary leading man?
Well, I think Peter Parker in some ways is both because he’s a regular high school student, now college student, who happens to have this other life as Spider-Man. It’s sort of one and the same and this point. They’re pretty symbiotic. They’re inseparable!
Did you ever wish you had a superpower in the film, considering the fact that several other characters did? Or were you happy not to, since superheroes and villains tend to be jerkier than normal people?
I feel like Gwen’s mind, her intelligence is her superpower, and her heart, too. I think if there’s any superpower I’d want her to have it would be invisibility, so she could advise Spider-Man while remaining unseen, and not get so swept up into his antics.
How different was acting in Spider-Man 2 for you from the original, and is Spider-Man 3 in the works?
I know Spider-Man 3 is in the works. They’re already working on it now. Spider-Man 2 was different in the sense that the original was kind of just setting the table of the story while the second movie was sort of getting into the feast. So, it felt like we were all finding our footing on the first movie and getting to know each other and what kind of story we wanted to tell in our version of Spider-Man. Now, in the second one, we knew what the tone was, so we were able to dive deeper into the real heart and meat of the story.
Watching a panel discussion you were on about the Spider-Man costumes, I heard that you are opposed to gender stereotypes. Is that the case?
(Chuckles) It’s interesting how that whole conversation, which was just a simple conversation, has become a big deal. No, I don’t really believe in gender stereotyping, but I was genuinely just asking for a clarification of the definition of it in that circumstance.
Who was your favorite superhero growing up?
I loved the Tim Burton Batman movies, so I’d have to say Michael Keaton. I also enjoyed Beetlejuice, so I guess Michael Keaton characters were my superheroes.
Is there someone who does superhuman things in real life that you admire?
Lots of people! Anyone who’s making a huge impact or speaking out about what they believe in or who’s brave enough to be themselves is a superhero to me.
With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in?
No, not one I could think of off the top of my head. If there’s a classic I’m tempted to redo, it’s because I loved the original so much. But I wouldn’t really want to mess with it.
Why did you recently refer to yourself as a “bland, basic bitch” in Vogue?
(Laughs) Because that was a comment I read about me once, and I thought it was kind of funny.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
Hmm… That’s a good question (pauses). I don’t really have one that I revisit. It’s kind of a haze of memories of the first house my family lived in, like being in the living room and the bedroom at about two or three maybe. But I don’t really remember anything too vividly.
What is your favorite dish to cook?
I like to bake, but I haven’t gotten all that great at cooking. So, pasta is usually my go-to dish. I’m really good at making Kraft macaroni and cheese (chuckles).
Do you spice it up, or just follow the instructions on the box?
I don’t use any milk, but I add too much butter for human consumption. It’s pretty damn good! It’s my dad’s college recipe. He ate it every day for a year.
Who is your favorite clothes designer?
I don’t really have one favorite. I have a few.
What was the last book you read?
I just finished re-reading The Four Agreements. I’m reading Lolita now for the first time. And I’m trying to get back into The Goldfinch. I started reading it, but put it down after about 150 pages. I’m going to try to finish it, because people seem to really love that book.
What was the last song you listened to?
“Cigarettes And Coffee” by Otis Redding.
If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?
I’d wish for an infinite amount of wishes.
Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?
I don’t know. That’s a good question. I’d have to think about it (chuckles).
When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
Is there anything that you promised yourself you’d do when you became famous, that you still haven’t done yet?
No, because I never thought it was going to become a reality. It’s all been pretty nuts!
Thanks again for the time, Emma, and best of luck with the film.
Thank you very, very much, Kam. It was nice to talk with you.
Emma Stone’s latest film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is in theaters now. For more information, go to theamazingspiderman.com.