EMMA STONE

Hol­ly­wood’s new ‘ It’ girl is well aware that fame can be fickle, writes Michele Manelis

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Here comes Hol­ly­wood’s next big thing.

TO SAY Emma Stone is hot right now is bor­der­ing on an un­der­state­ment.

The star of last year’s hit high­school com­edy Easy A has three more ma­jor films coming out, start­ing with The Help.

Based on the 2009 con­tro­ver­sial best-selling novel by Kathryn Stock­ett,

The Help ex­am­ines the turbulent and racially di­vided Amer­i­can Deep South of the 1960s.

Stone will next ap­pear in the ro­man­tic com­edy Crazy Stupid Love, op­po­site quirky heart-throb Ryan Gosling ( The Note­book).

Then her much-cov­eted role as lead­ing lady in The Amaz­ing Spi­der

Man, op­po­site her ru­moured off-screen boyfriend Andrew Garfield, is due for re­lease next year. It seems this 22-yearold Ari­zona-born beauty is hav­ing her Hol­ly­wood mo­ment.

‘‘ I’m not deal­ing with it very well,’’ she says, laugh­ing about her bur­geon­ing movie star sta­tus with eguide.

‘‘ And I’m very aware that it’s a mo­ment right now.

‘‘ Of course, it’s very ex­cit­ing. But time will pass, so I’m try­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate the present and live in the mo­ment.

‘‘ If I ever get over­whelmed by ev­ery­thing that’s hap­pen­ing to me, I think, ‘ Get over it sweet­heart. It will be gone one day’.

‘‘ There’s go­ing to be an­other 22-yearold red­head on my heels. It’s in­evitable and there’s noth­ing I can do about it.

‘‘ I’ll get older and I’ll have to sur­ren­der to it.’’ In terms of eclips­ing the ca­reer of an­other freckle-faced red­head, Stone is of­ten asked about tak­ing the place of Lind­say Lo­han. Not only does she share

a strik­ing phys­i­cal re­sem­blance and knack for com­edy with the trou­bled Dis­ney diva, but her voice has a sim­i­lar husky tone.

‘‘ Well I’m ac­tu­ally a blonde and I dye it red, so you could say I’m cheat­ing,’’ Stone says.

‘‘ I’m the false one. She’s the real red­head,’’ she adds, as if to dis­tance her­self from Lo­han.

‘‘ I’m re­ally lucky with the family and the friends I have. They are aware of who I am and they never want me to change. That helps me keep things in per­spec­tive.’’

In Los An­ge­les to pro­mote The Help, Stone is fash­ion­ably thin, wear­ing a fig­ure-hug­ging, mid­night blue Calvin Klein dress and Chris­tian Louboutin heels. Her sig­na­ture red hair is worn long and styled, and her make-up is flaw­less.

She speaks with the kind of wis­dom well be­yond her years.

‘‘ My big­gest goal in life is to make sure that I keep my head on straight,’’ she says. ‘‘ I think it’s important not to take it all too heav­ily. I get to play around with Ryan Gosling and then swing on a har­ness with Spi­der­man. ‘‘ You can’t take it too se­ri­ously.’’ As for her throaty tones, she says, ‘‘ It was ac­tu­ally deeper when I was younger. I have nod­ules and cal­luses on my vo­cal cords from suf­fer­ing from colic as a baby.

‘‘ I had to do speech ther­apy when I was a kid to learn how to speak in a higher regis­ter. But I still have a lit­tle lisp. I didn’t fix it all.’’

Stone was raised far from the glitz of Hol­ly­wood. Her fa­ther is a con­trac­tor and her mother stayed home to raise Emma and her younger brother.

She says she felt des­tined for the stage from a very young age.

FASH­ION­ABLE: Emma Stone ( right), and in scenes ( op­po­site page) with Min­nie Jack­son and Ai­bileen Clark; and with Hilly Hol­brook and El­iz­a­beth Leefolt.

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