This is the second Golden Globe nomination for 26 year old Emma Stone, and the girl from Scottsdale, Arizona could not be happier.
She is a born comedienne, a talent that is not only visible in many of her films from Superbad to Easy A (which landed her her first Globe nom) to Crazy, Stupid, Love, but also when she improvs on talk shows. Recently she destroyed Jimmy Fallon during a lip-syncing competition. As a child she studied Saturday Night Live as if it were a school subject, and – speaking of school – in order to drop out and pursue her career the then 15 year old made a PowerPoint presentation set against Madonna’s hit song ‘Hollywood’ to convince her parents.
The gamble has paid off handsomely. In Birdman the young actress plays the daughter of Michael Keaton’s character who comes back after rehab to play Daddy’s assistant during his Broadway production. She describes the process of working on the film: “You never know whether what you see is a real person or a figment of Birdman’s imagination, it’s all this transient, wild, incredible journey and you don’t wanna mess that up for the audience, and you also don’t wanna mess it up as an actor.” She credits director Alejandro González Iñárritu with the genius of coming up with such a rich story: “I learned more on this film than on anything I’ve ever done. I developed an eye twitch, I was terrified and when it ended all I wanted was to go back and do it again. I wish I could do it again. Can we do it again?”
In the film she says to Keaton: “You are not on Facebook, you are not on Twitter. You do not exist.” Yet, Stone is happy to not having grown up with social media: “I am the last generation who did not have all this as children. I had MySpace when I was 16 but still, this is older than kids are now, where you see 10 year olds on Instagram. I am so grateful I grew up with books. I didn’t grow up with iPads and laptops but text books. We have now lost our attention spans – if you can just Google something, why study it? And we’ve lost our ability to connect as people and in person. So it is a double edged sword.” Despite forays into huge franchises, she is not worried that she will only be known by one character: “I have never played a superhero but I was in Spiderman.”
She also does not subscribe to the theory that actors are only good when they are insecure: “Arguably actors are probably better when they know themselves and have faced their internal demons, so they can play it and not be completely tortured by it. A truly great actor should be one of the healthier people in the world, but most of us are insane!” she laughs. She names Diane Keaton and Gilda Radner as her acting idols and that gives a clue as to what kind of career she has in mind for herself. In life she has a great sense of humor that shows during interviews and is the reason Jonah Hill calls her ‘the funniest person in the room’. She prefers to build-a-bear (an activity where people make their own teddy bears including dressing them) over a pretentious visit to a museum in order to impress a reporter as she did for a cover story in a big fashion magazine.
If one is still not convinced that her future lies in comedy, check out her reaction to her Globe nomination: “I have no words. I am so incredibly honored and grateful for this and feel insanely lucky to have had the chance to work with Alejandro, Michael, Edward, and the whole cast and crew of the beautiful madness that is Birdman. Now can someone please explain who this ‘Meryl Streep’ woman is?!”