Here’s what it’s like to be part of Emma Stone’s inner circle.
When her mother passed her five-year mark of being in remission for triple-negative breast cancer, Stone and her brother Spencer and their mom celebrated not with a fancy dinner or a swanky vacation, but by getting matching tattoos.
It’s why Stone, 25, has been volunteering at Gilda’s Club, which doles out group love to cancer patients, for three years. And it’s also why she’s a bit uncomfortable doing the promotional version of a drive-through at the organization’s downtown headquarters.
“It makes me so happy but I want to be there more in person there with them. I’m a little bummed I’m not spending more time with them today. It always feels a little bit like, ‘Gilda’s Club, bye!” she says.
And unlike so many other actors, who ooze faux candor and neediness like bad deodorant, you get the sense that she means it. It’s perhaps why Stone epitomizes unforced sincerity and breezy confidence on the big screen as well, today as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So how to reconcile that persona with the bundle of nerves that Stone says she really is on the inside?
“You can easily forget that she’s only 25 because she has this emotional maturity and sophistication. It’s interesting to talk to her about anything. It makes her entertaining and fun to be around,” says Spider-Man director Marc Webb. “I remember when we were halfway through shooting and we had a halfway party. I’d had a very weird dream involving Hugh Jackman. She listened to me and gave me eye-opening dream analysis. I say this because there are a lot of layers to her and she’s textured as an actress and a person. She understands what people around her are feeling. She’s very sensitive to other people’s insecurities and embarrassments and worries and concerns.”
It’s why Stone finesses any questions about her real-life relationship with Andrew Garfield, who plays Parker/Spider-Man, with enviable ease. There’s no tension, no weirdness, no elephant in the room. Just total awareness of how to diffuse any queries. “It’s been easy because all I have to say is that I don’t talk about my private life. It’s kind of easy,” she says, pausing for effect. “Actually, I slap people in the face.”
If Emma Stone is roiling on the inside, or frenzied or otherwise freaking out, she’s hiding it well.
Stone is, after all, Gwen Stacy to Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker in today’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, one of the summer’s biggest potential blockbusters. After six weeks of criss-crossing the world promoting the film, she swears that she’s nearing a state of delirium. Only she’s the image of composure sitting in an SUV with tinted windows, en route to a middle school in Queens.
“I just started meditating in January. It’s changing my life completely. I’m pretty into it. Once or twice a day, I meditate. That has been the best thing for my mind,” she says.
At only 25, Stone has emerged as one of the most admired actresses working today. Like Jennifer Lawrence, she’s honest and outspoken and seems unfazed by all the scrutiny heaped upon her. And like Lawrence, she has managed to retain something of herself amidst the madness of promoting a massive film. She asks about your kid, about motherhood, and takes a long moment to gush about her girl-crush Idina Menzel, who was nearby during an audition that Stone had when she was 16. “I was such a Broadway fanatic. She was in the other room and I couldn’t get through the audition. That was the only time I could physically not audition,” says Stone, still geeking out breathlessly almost a decade later.
When told that she seems to camouflage any existing nervousness well, Stone dissents. “I get so anxious privately,” she says, making a face.
Reviews for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ have started to come in and although it is not a favorite among critics, many have attributed the film’s likely success to Andrew and Emma’s strong chemistry. I have collected a few for you to read but please note that, as always, they contain spoilers so you may want to step away until you get to the theaters.
The Hollywood Reporter (Leslie Felperin on April 8, 2014):
2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man has its passionate defenders, and accumulated an unassailable $750 million box-office haul, but it sure took its sweet time gluing the radial spokes of its web into place. Now that effort pays off with its sequel, a more intricately woven skein of action, effects, character development and cheesy one-liners. The eponymous hero hits his super-heroic stride here, as does Andrew Garfield in the role, especially when Spider-Man’s alter ego Peter Parker learns there’s always some fine print in a contract with this many benefits. The plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands, but in the main, this installment is emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor.
Variety (Guy Lodge on April 8, 2014):
Necessity is the mother of invention, which is why Marc Webb’s 2012 superhero do-over “The Amazing Spider-Man,” for all its polished proficiency and kicky star casting, felt so perfunctory: Rebooting the blockbuster Marvel franchise just five years after Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3,” it couldn’t claim to be a film anyone needed. The swiftly delivered “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” finds no solution to that redundancy, but it acrobatically spins enough sound and fury to distract from the issue, while the tinderbox chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone delights once more.
New York Times (Manohla Dargis on May 1, 2014):
The last time Spider-Man swung into sight, it was to fight a lizard man in a lab coat and cozy up to a living doll. The lizard landed in the clink, but the doll, Gwen Stacy, is back for the good of Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) and the franchise. As played by Emma Stone, who has the zing of a screwball heroine and the depthless eyes of an anime character, Gwen brightens “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” a sequel that, until a late, lamentably foolish turn, balances blockbuster bombast with human-scale drama, child-friendly comedy and gushers of tears.
It’s love between The Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone!
Though the real-life couple has made no secret about their affection for one another, Emma gave her most dramatic statement yet on their relationship in a new interview with Good Morning America Tuesday, in which she publicly said she “loves” the 30-year-old British actor.
“It’s like a dream to work with him [Garfield],” Stone, 25, said. “He’s obviously one of the greatest actors I think we have alive today, and he’s also just a remarkable human being, so I love him very much.”
The remarks came after GMA’s Amy Robach recapped Garfield’s also super-sweet comments about Stone.
“She’s a full genius, or she has found her genius and she’s doing it so beautifully,” he told ABC during his own appearance this week. “I think everyone who works with her, everyone who brushes shoulders with her or even makes eye contact with her gets a shot of sunshine.”
There’s a lot of pressure put on women in their mid-to-late twenties, but Emma Stone, 25, doesn’t seem overly concerned by any of it.
On Friday, E!’s own Alicia Quarles asked The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star about her 5-year plan, and it seems Emma’s is pretty simple. So just where does Andrew Garfield’s love hope to be? “Happy…with people I love,” she said, before adding cutely, “and maybe asleep!”
She also talked about the one thing she’d want to change about herself and why it’s “ridiculous” when words—especially Andrew’s—get twisted by the press. (Watch the video above to find out her responses!)
Emma Stone is opening up about Andrew Garfield.
In the May issue of Vogue, the cover girl and notoriously private actress dishes about working with her Spider-Man 2 costar and real-life boyfriend.
“I think I’ve learned a lot by being around him,” the 25-year-old says of Garfield. “And, you know, he is an incredibly important person to me.”
“I thank my lucky stars that we’ve been able to be on this ride together,” Garfield tells Vogue. “We all need companions in the mystery to get you out of your head and into your heart, to moan to and to take the piss out of it all with.”
Stone adds, “It’s been fun working with him just because of who he is as an actor and person. I think it would be fun no matter what.”
As for their natural on-screen chemistry, Spider-Man director Marc Webb says, “You can’t fake it. There are so many tiny nonverbal cues that they are issuing each other and picking up on.”
In her interview, Stone also admits to Googling herself. “I don’t usually like what I find,” she says. “But some of it is really funny.”
Stone’s favorite online comment? “Bland Basic Bitch,” she dished (LOL)!
Emma Stone is a huge fan of Jennifer Lawrence, and who can blame her?
The “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ star gushed about the Oscar-winning actress during an interview with U.K. fashion blog Stylist. The topic of Lawrence came up when Stone was asked about the hilarious shout-out she got from the “Silver Linings Playbook” star on the red carpet at last years’ Oscars.
“Well, I just think she’s great, isn’t she?” Stone said. “She is so inspiring to me, and I am so grateful that she exists in the world, as someone who is authentic and who has not bent to fit any idea of what a woman should be like in that kind of position. And she is so talented. I am just so happy that she is around for women everywhere. It’s just fantastic.”
Having role models in an industry that isn’t always necessarily encouraging of females is important for Stone.
“There are a lot of really brave women in the industry right now, who are daring to be themselves and not fit into this stupid ‘actress’ mold, and that’s really inspiring,” she added while discussing how the industry could be improved for women. “So yeah, a lot of things can change and I think a lot of people are beginning to accept change, in lots of different mediums, which I’m really happy about. I hope I can harness some of that, in some way.”
They’re used to ignoring questions concerning their real-life romance.
But Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield were forced to respond to a personal question about their off-screen relationship when a young fan caught them off guard.
Appearing at Yahoo’s exclusive Amazing Spider-Man 2 Q&A, Emma didn’t quite know how to react when one of the children in the audience quizzed her on whether she REALLY likes Andrew “in real life”.
Laughing at his question, Emma asked back: “You mean, do I have a crush on him?”
Insisting that he wanted an answer, Emma eventually told the fan (while Andrew giggled in his seat): “Yeah, he’s alright, he’s got a nice face – and a nice heart, which is more important.”
Watch the clip above to see the cuteness in action.
Emma and Andrew started dating following the release of the first Amazing Spider-Man film in 2011 after meeting on set.
And while they’ve been going strong ever since, the pair have never officially confirmed their relationship and keep their romance out of the public eye.