Emma Stone has taken part in a new interview where she discusses her role as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man. The actress touches upon what drew her to the role, taking part in action scenes, and Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker’s relationship.
Via Flicks and Bits:
For me, Gwen Stacy is a bit of everything, she’s a very well-rounded character. How do you see her personally?
Emma Stone: She does do some really important saving in the film, but I think there is an element of her being a damsel in distress, ultimately. Which is what I will argue in the whole scheme of things, when knowing the full story of Gwen Stacy, she does have those elements. I find it hard to sit here and say, “She’s just badass, she knows she’s strong, she knows what she’s doing,” because it think that it’s very important that people know that people are not just that way. There’s also being stupid in love (laughs), making decisions that make you get in the face of danger. She’s all of it, she’s a very well rounded “superhero girlfriend”. She doesn’t just fit into a box of being just strong and just smart. She’s also got elements of being in distress, being scared, vulnerable, and terrified in a lot of senses. She’s kind of all of it, which is even better. She’s human.
What was it that drew you to playing Gwen Stacy in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’? Playing this character in the Spider-Man world that has brought about so much debate.
Emma Stone: I felt pressure once I was cast, I was like, “Oh boy! There are a lot of opinions.” I was really freaked out (laughs). But I tried to stop reading message boards as soon as possible so that I could just do the best I could do. I had just known the Sam Raimi trilogy, then folders, erasers and backpacks with Spider-Man on them, that was the extent of my knowledge of Spider-Man. But learning the story of Gwen was just so amazing. It’s tragic and epic and I just immediately wanted to be apart of it. And the fact that people unsubscribed to their comic books and burned their copies, I was like, “Hell yeah!” It was like being into The Beatles in 1964 or something like that (laughs), when the parents were revolting. There was something in me that loved that stamp of pop culture. And what happens to Peter Parker ultimately in his relationship with Mary Jane because of what happens with Gwen Stacy. I really liked the whole story.
How did you find the physicality that a film like ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ brings?
Emma Stone: Swinging and being thrown out of windows, things like that, they were all really fun because they required a sort of swinging motion – which I love! It’s great, I’m a rollercoaster fan, it’s all good (laughs). I didn’t really have to do any true physical ass kicking, it was more mental, Gwen Stacy’s a scientist so she’s great at concocting a serum that will help it all. But I had a lot of fun doing those things, it was great.
You can read the full interview here!
Marc Webb, ironically enough that is the director’s last name, is coming off the very well received 500 Days of Summer“. He was chosen by Sony execs for his unique and more importantly authentic take on young love, struggles, and an overall reality in the characters he deals with. Stepping up with Andrew Garfield (his actual last name) who actually looks like a high schooler and not a thirty year old. This is something I’m seeing midnight when it hits July 3rd, 2012.