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“I feel very excited as of late for what’s to come, whether it works or not.” I can’t say enough how much I adore Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land. It’s an exhilarating cinematic experience, full of so much joy and happiness, along with superb dancing and exuberant singing and beautiful sets and gorgeous sunsets. Aside from Ryan Gosling, the other co-star of La La Land is Emma Stone. Her first big break out role was playing Jules in Superbad back in 2007, and over the nearly 10 years since she’s earned an Academy Award nomination (for Birdman) and worked with some of the best filmmakers around. I was lucky to spend 15 minutes chatting with Emma about her career and her work on La La Land and it was an absolute delight.
I met Emma at the Telluride Film Festival only days after La La Land had premiered there (and at the Venice Film Festival). I fell head over heels for La La Land at Telluride, writing in my glowing review that “I want everyone else to witness this grand accomplishment and feel as inspired and as amazed by it as I am.” Stone is wonderful in the film, and I am glad I had a few minutes to talk with her about it. She seemed more nervous than I was in the interview, at one point joking that “this could be [her] worst interview ever.” We laughed it off. I asked at the end “aren’t you an expert at interviews now?” She responded: “No… I’m the opposite.” Nevertheless, she was as charming as ever and did her best to answer my questions. Let’s begin…
First Showing: Are you where you want to be in your career now? Are you where you felt like you would be?
Emma Stone: Yes. I guess, yes. Yeah, I feel really excited and reinvigorated – I guess is the word for it. I got to do Cabaret and that’s set on stage in New York and that reset my brain in the craziest way. It was so amazing. And then I did La La and then I did this movie, The Battle of the Sexes, the tennis movie I was telling you about. And it’s been just an amazing past year and a half on those three projects. And it’s been really, really – it’s gotten me so excited about everything. Not that I wasn’t before, but I feel reinvigorated.
FS: Do you have more of a chance to do what you want nowadays?
Emma: I think I’m clearer on what that is nowadays. So I don’t know if it’s a more of a chance or just more of – I think things are easier when you’re clearer on the kind of experience you want to have and not as… Maybe at certain points I felt like, of course, I should attempt something because of a variety of factors. And now I feel a little more aware of a sense of what I might be able to bring to the table, rather than the outside coming in. Maybe that’s maturity. Or maybe I just was a late bloomer. I don’t know what it is. Continue reading