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Emma Stone talks about latest movie ‘Easy A’

Emma Stone talks about latest movie ‘Easy A’

September 16
21:24 2010

By Charlie Rall / Contributing Writer –

The NT Daily got the chance to participate in a phone interview with Emma Stone, the star of the new teen comedy “Easy A.” The well-spoken actress commented on the making of the film and what it means to its young audience.

Q: What drew you to play the role of Olive or to want to play the role of Olive?

A: First of all, it’s really rare to read a really well-written, fleshed-out, funny character that’s female, especially in a comedy, and so that’s exciting right off the bat. Then I just thought the script is so clever, and I really liked Olive’s perspective on things. She’s no damsel in distress, so I just really liked her all around as a character and loved the script itself.

Q: There was a nice mix of young actors and veteran actors in “Easy A.” What do you think you and your fellow young actors learned from some of the older, more experienced actors throughout filming?

A: Well, I am so grateful anytime I get to work with someone that’s been doing it for a pretty sustained period of time –– someone’s been acting a large portion of their life or directing or writing or anybody involved with film. I can’t speak for everyone else, but for me, I take so much from any actor that I work with. Not take — not stealing –– but learning a lot from anybody that I’m working with. So young or more experienced people, it’s kind of equal to me because everybody’s got interesting ways of approaching what they do.

Anything that I would learn from someone like Patty [Clarkson] or Stanley [Tucci] or Thomas [Haden Church] or Lisa [Kudrow] is going to be the same thing that I might learn from someone like Amanda [Bynes] or Penn [Badgley], so I don’t know. I’m learning all the time, and it’s like being in the master’s class all the time.

Q: What have you done to kind of take that separate path to get you sort of more adult roles as still such a young person?

A:I don’t really know that it’s ever a conscious choice on my part. I think that when scripts come along, if it’s something I really want to do and I’m going to go audition for it, I think that I understand the age of the character because it’s written in the script. But I just try to bring that person to life in any way that that character is supposed to be. Like, if the character’s 27 and then in the next part is 17, I get to look at it through different eyes because they’ve had 10 years less experience or more experience. So, try to adjust to that a bit, but as far as why they keep letting me do all this stuff, I can’t answer that. I guess I’m really lucky in terms of that, but it’s been nice to be able to kind of jump all over the chart and not just play one certain age.

Q: I mean no offense but do you think that “Easy A” glamorizes promiscuity with younger girls?

A: No, that’s not offensive. I was actually concerned with that for quite a while and still have a lot of thoughts about that, but what I’ve been able to kind of whittle it down to in my mind at least is what Olive learned from this entire experience. The fact is she’s not really doing it. She is a virgin, so she’s not truly being promiscuous. But then again, does it glamorize fake promiscuity or telling people to be promiscuous, which is not good as well? I think what she learns by this whole pact of lying to everyone and watching her life kind of crumble around her and realizing that if she had just told the truth from the beginning, she could have been saved from all that. But I think that telling people how you really feel and being who you truly are and being safe and taking care of yourself is the most important thing. I think Olive does kind of learn that in the end. But you bring up a really good question because that’s something I’ve turned over and over in my mind a lot, and hopefully that’s the lesson to be taken from this is just the importance of honesty and being who you truly are and just not to feel pressure from those outside sources because I think she does feel a lot of pressure at a certain point to follow through on this. But Olive is her own person and learns in the end that she needs to stay true to her beliefs. So in terms of peer pressure, trying to get past that and trust who you are.

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