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