It often feels as though Emma Stone is an actress from a bygone era. Not only because she rarely makes public appearances (although when she does it’s always on a major red carpet and in the most stunning of evening gowns); she also completely eschews the types of social media platforms that many of her fellow under-30 A-listers embrace, preferring to focus on her career and charitable causes. So, of course, when we saw her on Vogue‘s new November issue cover rocking an Audrey Hepburn-esque pixie cut, we weren’t surprised so much as all of our Old Hollywood intuitions about this actress finally made perfect sense.
And the article and spread inside the magazine’s pages only further confirm that fact, with Stone promoting her new film La La Land, a modern twist on the old-fashioned movie musical that sees the actress putting all of her dancing and singing skills on full display.
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott / Vogue
But just because she has the triple-threat bonafides doesn’t mean the actress is still cool, calm, and collected 24/7. As her interviewer Jason Gay writes, “It’s the actor’s predicament that even the successful ones worry that they could be right back there again. Stone is no different. Sure, it’s good now— she acknowledges that her mentality has shifted from ‘What can I get?’ to ‘What do I want?’— but there’s always a fear. ‘You always feel a little bit like that,’ she says. ‘That you could again be an outsider, that something could make people never want to hire you again.'”
Fittingly for a magazine that urges people to vote (using the V in Vogue as a jumping-off point for that statement), Stone gets political about the pay gap still plaguing women in all industries. ““We should all be treated fairly and paid fairly,” she says. ” I’ve been lucky enough to have equal pay to my male costars — Not ‘lucky.’ I’ve had pay equal to my male costars in the past few films. … [But] I felt uncomfortable talking to my agent or lawyer about it because I was like, ‘Do people want to see me as much as they want to see Steve Carrell?’ It’s a weird conversation to have because it’s trying to see oneself from the outside. What are we at [nationally]? Seventy-nine cents to the dollar? It’s insane. There’s no excuse for it anymore.”
For the magazine’s cover, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Stone faked a close-cropped hair-do wearing a Michael Kors blue and white striped sweater pulled up to partially cover her face and display a swatch of her toned abs. Vogue also turned the V in their name into an endorsement to go Vote next month, making the actress into a veritable Election Day poster girl. If the government ever decides to update those Rosie the Riveter posters, this shot of Emma might not be a bad option.