Emma Stone Uses Acting to “Understand Human Behavior”

In an interview with Elle that appears in the magazine’s July issue, up-and-coming actress Emma Stone talked about developing into the person and actress she’s become, her philosophy about fame and wanting to be believable in the roles she plays.

“You can’t play a regular person and live only in circumstances where people are only talking about movies,” explained Stone, whose career took off after she appeared in 2007 high school comedy Superbad and has continued with roles in Zombieland, Ghosts of Girlfriend Past and Easy A. The most important part of my job is feeling like I understand as much as I can about humans and human behavior.”

“I like to look like a person,” continued Stone, who went through years of auditions before getting her big break. “It drives me crazy when you see women in movies playing teachers, and they have biceps. It totally takes me out of the movie. I start thinking, Wow, that actress playing this part really looks great!”
Last fall’s Easy A marked Stone’s first turn as a leading lady and earned her a Golden Globe nomination. In the movie, she plays a high schooler who sells fellow students the right to say that they’d slept with her, causing uproar in the school and community.

“These past two years, I’ve stopped having to remind myself to be present, which has been the greatest gift,” she told Elle about the fame she’s been enjoying recently. “Because I know it’s so fleeting. I’ll kick my ass later on if I don’t enjoy it right now. But it does make you realize that so much of the joy of it is the journey. The struggle is such a lovely part of it.”

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