EXCLUSIVE: ‘Spider-Man’ Star Emma Stone On Going Blonde, Science Class, And Becoming Gwen Stacy

After naming Andrew Garfield as the actor MTV News is most thankful for in 2010, we went ahead and named Emma Stone as the actress we’re most thankful for this year.

That’s how psyched we are about the upcoming reboot of “Spider-Man.”

Deep into preproduction and gearing up to begin filming in a matter of weeks, Stone took the time to give us a call and chat about creating the look for her character (Parker love-interest Gwen Stacy), hitting up science class for research purposes, and why she’ll be freaked out if her face ever pops up on a plastic Burger King cup.

MTV: It has been quite a year for you. “Easy A” gets a great reaction, you’re shooting all these movies, opposite people like Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling, you host “Saturday Night Live,” and then you land “Spider-Man.” Does 2010 feel like a landmark year?

STONE: It feels kind of scary saying because that means it’s only downhill, but it’s been the best year of my life. Not just with how lucky I’ve been work-wise, but with my family and friends. I’m totally terrified for 2011. I have such disaster mentality, it’s not even funny.

MTV: Which raises the question, are you ready for something as big as “Spider-Man”? Can you ever be ready for something like that?

STONE: The way I have to approach it, and I think Andrew would agree, is just like any other movie. You’re going to put the same amount of focus into this that you would with anything. It just happens to be an exponentially bigger budget. So there’s that. It’ll probably feel different when we start to do press, but we won’t have to deal with that for another year and a half. And there are harnesses I’m going to have to use in this one. That’s the only difference. Just the harnesses.

MTV: So you guys are in rehearsals, right? What is that process like at this point?

STONE: Today I went and did hair tests, because I have blonde hair now since Gwen has blonde hair. My natural hair is blonde, so it’s kind of nice. I looked in the mirror and said, “Oh my god, it’s me again, it’s been so long!” We’re finalizing the visual stuff. And I think we’ll start actually rehearsing, because we start shooting in two weeks. Andrew and I went and learned about science yesterday. Gwen really likes science, so we learned about science. I was home-schooled, so I never went to chemistry class in a traditional setting like Gwen is into. That was really beneficial.

MTV: We spoke to Kirsten Dunst recently and she said that two things you guys have to get used to are swinging around a lot and acting to nothing.

STONE: That makes total sense. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t know how it’ll go. I don’t get motion-sickness, so I hope that doesn’t change.

MTV: What have you conversations with Marc been like? Has he encouraged you to go back and read the comics or just concentrate on what’s on the page?

STONE: There are a lot of changes happening on a day to day basis. There’s a lot of open dialogue about where we’re going with this and how Peter and Gwen are going to come together and what makes the most sense for the story we’re telling. It’s an ever-changing thing. We’re still in that development period. It’s so fantastic. My background is in improv and things like that, so this kind of ever-changing nature is ideal for me.

MTV: We got to see you kick a little bit of ass in “Zombieland”? Is Gwen gonna get to do some fighting or is she more of a damsel in distress?

STONE: I wouldn’t call Gwen a damsel in distress. But who know what’s going to happen? It’s so early.

MTV: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received about stepping in a franchise this big?

STONE: I’m sure it’s a different story for Andrew, because Spider-Man is so iconic, which is not to take anything away from Gwen, but for the most part, the approach I’m trying to take so I won’t psych myself out is to approach it like anything else. Put in the same amount of work and don’t worry so much. Even though it’s different than anything else I’ve ever done and it’ll be weird if my face is ever on a Burger King cup, that’s not what you have to think about. Maybe it helps other people think about the size of it, but it only makes me nervous.

MTV: People are fiercely protective of “Spider-Man.” Do you ever worry about how you’re going to be received by fans?

STONE: I have such respect for the world of comic book fans. I’ve been to Comic-Con for “Zombieland,” and zombie fans are a very specific kind of fan base. And my absolute favorite kind of people in the world are people that are passionate about something. And if there’s protective of something they’re passionate about it, I can completely relate because there and things I’m passionate about and protective of. There’s a part of me that really wants to please people that love Spider-Man or Gwen Stacy and want her to be done justice. I hope they’ll give me license to interpret her my way. But that fan base, I’m one of them, so I completely understand why they would be judgmental of certain things. I try not to look [at stories on the Internet] because I do care and I don’t want to psych myself out. I kinda half to stay off the Internet. I’m not thick-skinned enough. I get too sensitive. I don’t want it to effect what I’m doing.

MTV: There seemed to be so much competition for the role of Gwen Stacy. Do you ever think, “Why me?” What do you think won you the part?

STONE: I ask myself that question every day. I have no f–king idea. It’s the most amazing idea, I can’t even tell you. I don’t think I ever will figure out how it happened. It’s been mind-blowing. I know things will eventually change, so I’m just trying to avoid thinking about it and just enjoy it while it’s happening. Ugh, what am I even saying? Don’t write any of that down!

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