The lovely lady above rocks our world no matter what hair color she happens to have at any given moment. Check Emma Stone out as Peter Parker’s dream girl, Gwen Stacy, in The Amazing Spider-Man, opening this week. And learn more about her and the movie in this slideshow Q&A. Did we mention she’s amazing?
MADE MAN: Tell us about your character. EMMA STONE: I find it hard to sit here and say, “Gwen’s just badass, she’s so strong, she knows what she is doing,” because I think it’s very important that people know we are not just that one aspect. There’s also stupid in love, making decisions that can get you into the face of danger, being vulnerable… she’s all of it! She is a very well rounded superhero girlfriend! Which is even better—she’s human.
MM: In the film, your dad doesn’t approve of your relationship. ES: It’s very Romeo and Juliet. You know what I mean? She’s going against her father to be with the man she loves. But ultimately he realizes Peter is not a villain, so it’s interesting.
MM: Gwen is pretty iconic, everyone knows her look and those boots. ES: The costumes were fantastic. I worked with the costume designer to make sure Gwen felt like Gwen but also made sense in the real world. I am a lot less voluptuous than her, unfortunately! I am much more “next door” than she might be! But the signature headbands and the coats and the boots were important to stay present to. We tried to keep the moxie and self-assurance there.
MM: Did you know about Spider-Man? ES: I knew of the Sam Raimi trilogy and folders and erasers and backpacks of Spider-Man but hadn’t read the stories growing up. I felt pressure once I was cast! I was really freaked out reading the message boards! I tried to stop reading them quickly so I could just do the best job I could. Learning the story of Gwen was so amazing and tragic and epic, and I really wanted to be a part of it. The fact that people unsubscribed to their comic books and burned their copies was like, “Hell yeah!” It was like being around the Beatles in ’64 when the parents were revolting!
MM: You are really physically active in this movie. ES: Swinging and being thrown out of a window was really fun! I loved it! I am a rollercoaster fan so it was all good! I didn’t have to do any true physical ass kicking. It was more mental; she’s a scientist, great at concocting a serum that will help it all.
MM: Why did you dye your hair? ES: I dyed my hair brown when I was 15 to be cast in films, and then when I was cast in Superbad, Judd Apatow wanted me to go red, so I did. My mom is a natural redhead and I have the skin tone of a redhead. For five years, I tried to get it back to blonde but every movie I did, they wanted a shade of red. I love having red hair, so I am sure it will happen again, and I will be back to being a redhead.
MM: This sounds like a good date flick… ES: It’s fun! I think people are going to like the story. And it’s in 3D! Spider-Man and 3D seem to go hand in hand, due to the swinging sequences. There are very cool popping-off-the-screen scenes. It will be a very cool way to spend two hours and live in this other world…