Emma Stone Remembers Getting ‘Total Garbage’ Advice as a Rising Actress
Emma Stone understood it would be difficult to break into Hollywood, but the “Poor Things” star did not expect to be given misogynistic advice as an adolescent actor.
The “Simple” An alum claimed being advised by an executive upon coming to Los Angeles that her career as an actress would be a “sprint, not a marathon.”
“When I first moved to L.A., I went to one of those general meetings that they sometimes send you to, and an executive told me that for male actors, it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Emma Stone stated while winning the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 2024 Palm Springs International Film Festival. “And, in his opinion, it was a sprint for women, not a marathon.” That was over 20 years ago.
“And I realize that advice is total garbage because the majority of the women that I look up to in this industry, many of whom are in this room, have proven that as time goes on, life and work only get more interesting and fulfilling,” the Oscar nominee concluded.
“I have so much genuine gratitude for this moment,” Emma Stone added. I’m happy for the ability to keep trying new things and for the freedom to chose my work since I know how rare and transitory it can be to choose what you want to do or who you want to work with as an actor. That makes me extremely grateful. I’m hoping for many more years of taking chances, trying new things, and running this marathon.
Her “Poor Things” character Bella Baxter required her to “unlearn” being sensitive to “external expectations,” judgment, and shame, according to the frequent Yorgos Lanthimos collaborator. Lanthimos was described by Emma Stone as her “true creative soulmate.” Emma Stone will rejoin with Lanthimos in the next film “Kinds of Kindness.