LOOK meets emma stone
Just when we thought we had reached peak Emma stone obsession, she charms us all over again…
Awoman who gets to kiss Ryan Gosling not once, but on a regular basis should by rights be a woman we hate. So how is it that, since bursting onto our screens in 2007’s Superbad, we have had pure, unadulterated love for Emma Stone?
It’s partly down to the 28-year-old’s engaging and funny personality. Then there’s her slick style and the fact that her ‘squad’ includes Amy Schumer, Adele and Jennifer Lawrence – that’s a night out we want to be a part of.
She’s also about to star in the film of 2017. La La Land (out 13 January) is an all-singing, all-dancing flick about aspiring actress Mia and her wannabe musician love interest Sebastian. It sees her star opposite Ryan for a third time and the result is quite simply magical. But what was it really like learning to dance with the Gosling? Let’s find out…
Hi Emma. La La Land makes us fall in love with Hollywood. Which movies did you love growing up? I was mostly into comedies and that will always be my favourite [genre]. Drama is this incredibly vulnerable thing, but comedy, you have to have a sense of rhythm and be sensitive to the pace of things. Do you love Los Angeles? I moved to New York eight years ago and I was like: ‘I’m done with LA. Forget it. See you, sucker. I’m going to New York and it’s really going to be a cultural hotspot.’ I had that attitude. Now as I’ve gotten older – and a ton of my friends are here – I can see the great elements of Los Angeles in a different way. How challenging was the singing and dancing in the film? It was such an ambitious endeavour. I am not afraid of big, ambitious roles but I don’t think for a while that I knew how to play Mia because I didn’t know how to be sitting at a dinner table, flying into space, and bursting into song. It was the same with Ryan and his character. How tough was the choreography? Our rehearsal period was two and half months and then we had six weeks of shooting. It was great to work with someone [like Ryan] because it is much easier to learn to dance with someone you know than a stranger that you are ballroom dancing with. One scene was 43 takes. Who took the lead? Ryan had to lead in ballroom dancing. Mia wants to be a star but has some horrible auditions. What was your worst audition? My worst audition was along the lines of what you will see in the movie but worse. I think that as awful as that feels, as an actress, it’s worse when you aren’t getting any auditions. That’s when you feel really ignored and left out. I think that is what’s most brutal. My ‘bad audition’ stories don’t stand out as much as that feeling. Mia had that one person who believed in her even when she doubted herself. Is there someone like that for you? At certain periods in my life, absolutely. The story of the casting director in the film was amazing because I had a casting director like that. Allison Jones gave me the chance to audition for Superbad. She kept calling me in and one day I went in and they ended up calling me back to read with Jonah [Hill] and that was my first movie. I believe that is what started the opportunities to do all the things I’ve gotten to do since. You’ve had some incredible roles. Are you
satisfied with your career so far? I feel very happy with the things I’ve gotten to be a part of thus far. Things I never thought I would be doing are part of my life now. I’ve also experienced ups and downs at this point because I’ve been working for 10 years and there have been some things that haven’t gone that well, which has been incredibly vital and reinvigorating in some ways. I feel excited, I think, and that is a good way to feel. Do you remember your first job? I worked at a dog bakery when I moved to LA – I baked dog treats. Do I remember those days? Yes, I do. [I earned] minimum wage at the time and I was psyched. I like to bake now, so it wasn’t a bad job for me. There’s a lot of Oscar buzz around this film… While I find it very exciting and I don’t think anyone would say ‘No, thanks. I’m fine. I will sit this one out,’ it’s such a huge honour and it’s a nice thing to hear, but I just try to take that stuff day by day.
Emma and Ryan throw some shapes