If you’ve worked in Hollywood for an extended period of time, either in the movie or TV business, you can count on one hand the number of actors or actresses who are just as honest and down to earth as the first time you met them — usually before they hit it big. Oh sure, most say they’ll never become “that” way, but as the years pass and the stakes get higher, they slowly begin to live off the publicist, studio or network provided talking points to make it through their day. And that wonderful quality that made them so accessible, so endearing begins to fade. Anyone catch Felicity Huffman on Letterman this week? I barely recognized her from her pre-“Desperate Housewives” days. Thankfully, that’s not happening with the still wonderfully charming Emma Stone.
Speaking to the “Zombieland” star last week on a very warm Santa Monica, Calif. pier, Stone was just as blunt and honest as she was the first time I spoke to her for her breakout role in “Superbad.” Considering that some of her co-stars from that classic have even succumbed to the safety of overprotection with the press, it’s refreshing that Stone just can’t be anyone but herself. Shoot, she may not be able to put on a false facade if she tried.
In “Zombieland,” however, she does get to play the tough girl for once. As the morally loose Witchita, she’ll do anything to protect her “sister” Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) in a world overrun with the living dead. So much so that she initially distrusts another pair of uninfected humans on the run, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), to an unrealistic extreme.
Stone talked about the joys of welding a shotgun on screen and how tough all those hours shooting in roller coasters really were. You can watch it in the embed below or see a larger version here.