LOOK meets emma stone

Just when we thought we had reached peak Emma stone ob­ses­sion, she charms us all over again…

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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

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