‘Spider-Man’ chemistry experiment works for Emma Stone
By CINDY PEARLMAN July 5, 2012 8:56PM
Updated: August 7, 2012 6:09AM
NEW YORK — Since they’re a couple both in “The Amazing Spider-Man” and in real life, there must be some kind of connection between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
But don’t ask Stone what it is.
“Can one explain chemistry?” she says. “It’s hard to pin down exactly what it is and why we do have chemistry on screen.
“They do chemistry tests for movies. It just clicks or it doesn’t. I think it’s definitely some soul thing.”
In “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Stone plays Peter Parker’s first girlfriend, Gwen, a science intern and high school student. Gwen’s a blond — not a problem for Stone, best known as a redhead.
“I dyed my hair brown at 15 when I first started auditioning in L.A.,” she says. “I sounded like I do now and I guess my personality was just too weird, so I thought I’d dye my hair dark to be a little more normal.
“When I was cast in ‘Superbad,’ I was at a table read and Judd Apatow walked in. He said, ‘Make her hair red.’ They took me to a salon the next day, which was OK because my mom is a natural redhead. I have the skin tone for it, which is why I was red for five years.
“I tried to get it back to blonde, but for every role they were like, ‘We want it red.’ ”
After going back to natural blonde for Gwen, Stone also had to learn to swing with the best of them for her big moment when Peter Parker shows her the city from a different vantage point.
“Andrew and I were really swinging on a rig,” she says. “I wasn’t afraid. It was awesome! I loved it. Thankfully, I’m not afraid of heights. The only bad thing was the bruising from wearing a harness. Yikes!”
Director Mark Webb didn’t hire Stone for her swinging powers. “She’s an incredible, funny actress. She’s so fast and so alive. But she can also do emotional depth.”
As for the spark between his leads which also bled into real life, Webb adds, “There was just some magic happening between them.”
“I just fell in love with Gwen’s story,” Stone says. “It’s so incredibly epic and tragic and the way it affects Peter with Mary Jane going forward. I took the opportunity to audition and met Andrew at the audition and got to act with him.
“He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with. I instantly knew how much I could learn from him. It drew me to that challenge.
Stone liked playing a young woman in control in a story about teen empowerment.
“Spider-Man is the only teenage superhero,” she says. “He’s bullied, which is huge. Everyone can relate. Kids can be ruthless. But Spider-Man is bitten and can fight back.
“It’s symbolism for kids. I want kids to know they have so much power within them. They can stand up for themselves while staying unique and true to who they are like Spider-Man.”
As for her own inspirational powers, the star of “The Help” says, “I don’t in any way, shape or form think I’m any type of role model.”
“Even when I got my Revlon contract, I thought, ‘Why in the world would I be approached for a beauty campaign?’ Not to put myself down, but I think of myself as the funny girl. Then I thought about Diane Keaton and Ellen DeGeneres. I want to be someone who is celebrated for what’s inside.
“You put on makeup because it makes you feel good and not for somebody else,” she says. “I want to reach young girls and say, ‘Be original and love yourself for who you are.’
“If I only reach one person then that’s a game-changer.”
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