Diane Keaton Interviews Emma Stone for ‘Interview’

Photo: Craig McDean/Courtesy of Interview Magazine

Oscar-nominated actress and living doll Emma Stone looks incredible in the close-up cover of the latest issue of Interview, in which she speaks with fellow excellent film star Diane Keaton.

Among other things, the two Woody Allen muses—new and old—talk about acting techniques, self-esteem, movie endings, Andrew Garfield, and perspiration. What, you thought movie stars didn’t sweat??

Read on for some interesting Emma Stone-factoids.

• She focuses better when she has a clear goal in mind.

“What’s strange about the way my brain functions is that the only thing that has ever made me feel calm is knowing clearly what I want. […] that just has to be some psychological mechanism that keeps you safe, somehow, in yourself. I feel safer when I know what I want. When I don’t know what I want, I feel like I’m flailing through the universe.”

• Doing Cabaret on Broadway made her want to take on more risky roles.

“I feel more ready than I ever have to do something incredibly different and challenging and scary. […] There’s something about having to go up and do it every night, no matter how you’re feeling, having to tell the whole arc of a story and not just scene by scene the way that you do on film. I feel more like I understand acting in a different way. It’s totally different when you’re shoot-
ing something. But only in the past six months to a year have I felt like I can really try these different things. I think I was really scared of that for a long time. And if something was really challenging, I thought that I was just going to fall on my face and embarrass myself. I’m just less scared of that now, of failing.”

Photo: Craig McDean/Courtesy of Interview Magazine

• She prefers old movies to new—and cries watching YouTube.

“My favorite [film] ending of all time is in City Lights [1931], the Charlie Chaplin movie. I just watch the ending of that movie alone on YouTube and cry. [laughs] I think any even mediocre movie can be saved by a great ending. And vice versa. A great movie with the wrong ending can just tank the whole thing.”

• Stone’s now-ex Andrew Garfield leans toward the hyperbolic.

Keaton: “Andrew Garfield said, “Working with Emma was like diving into a thrilling, twisting river [Stone laughs] and never holding on to the sides. From the start. To the end. Spontaneous. In the moment. Present. Terrifying. Vital. The only way acting with someone should be.” My God. I mean, what did you feel when you heard such a dream-come-true observation?”

Stone: “He is such a poet. [laughs] But that’s the way he writes in general. So I hear it and of course my heart swells up. And I also know that he writes things like that on a daily basis. [laughs]”

• Diane Keaton is a regular (embarrassed) pinner. 

Stone: “Our tastes are pretty similar. Based on your book and what I’ve seen on your Pinterest board. [laughs]”

Keaton: “Oh my God.”

Photo: Craig McDean/Courtesy of Interview Magazine

• Emma Stone loves sweating and having awful hair. LOVES it. 

Stone: “See, I struggle with the desert. Having grown up in Arizona, I struggle with the dryness. I love the heat but I don’t like the dryness. And I’ve only recently realized that I love the heat. Because at the time I thought heat and dryness went hand-in-hand. And now humidity and heat, oh God, I love it.”

Keaton: “You like the East Coast summer?”

Stone: “Oh, I love it because you feel alive. You don’t feel like you’re being baked alive. You’re sweating and your hair looks terrible and you’re just … Like in New Orleans, it’s a sexy heat. Whereas in Arizona it’s heat with a murderous intent.”

See more photos and read more of Stone and Keaton’s conversation at Interview.

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