La La Land star: it’s all about bal­ance

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EMMA Stone be­lieves it’s pos­si­ble for an ac­tor to have a film ca­reer and find love… it’s “just about pri­ori­tis­ing”.

Stone thinks it is pos­si­ble to have a ca­reer and find love.

The La La Land star – who is still very close to her ex, An­drew Garfield, de­spite their split – says bal­anc­ing a ca­reer in the film in­dus­try and hav­ing a fam­ily and love life is all “just about pri­ori­tis­ing”.

She said: “I don’t think it’s mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive, ca­reer or love. Meryl Streep seems very in love with her hus­band.

“That’s a great fam­ily and she’s the best there is. So peo­ple can find a way to do both, it’s just about pri­ori­tis­ing.”

But the 28-year-old US ac­tress doesn’t be­lieve in a “hap­pily ever af­ter”, though she in­sists that doesn’t mean a per­son can’t be “happy in a dif­fer­ent way”.

She added: “There is no hap­pily ever af­ter, there isn’t al­ways the kiss at the end and it’s not al­ways per­fect. That’s heart­break­ing, but the most heart­break­ing things in life are the truest.

“I do love a bit­ter­sweet story and I don’t find it sad, nec­es­sar­ily. I find it bit­ter­sweet, it’s re­al­is­tic in a way that it doesn’t all come true, for any­one, ever.

“It’s not ex­actly how you pic­tured it like, ‘Oh my God. My life’s so per­fect’. That’s why it makes me so crazy to look at so­cial me­dia, when you see peo­ple like, ‘It’s just the best life ever. I couldn’t be happier.’

“You’re like, ‘Shut up, that is not true.’ Not ev­ery­thing comes to­gether in the best way ever ev­ery day. Hap­pily ever af­ter… that’s not the re­al­ity of life, but you can be happy in a dif­fer­ent way than maybe you orig­i­nally hoped or ex­pected. I love that.”

Stone has re­ceived rave re­views for her role in the feel-good mu­si­cal movie, but ad­mits she can be her own worst critic some­times.

She told The Sun on Sun­day newspaper: “Stop talk­ing about the (Os­car) buzz! De­pend­ing on what emo­tional state I’m in some­times I’m like, ‘All right kid, you did the best job you could’, then at other times I’m like, ‘You are lit­er­ally the worst ac­tor that ever lived’.

“How is any­one ever go­ing to think any­thing other than that? I used to be re­ally like a mean mom to my­self. I used to be re­ally hard on my­self in a cruel way – and now the cru­elty has gone.”

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