Lynn Hirschberg's Screen Tests: Emma Stone (with subs)

Uploaded by isprettydamncool on 19.03.2011

I wasn't really a tom boy, but I wasn't really a girly-girl either.
I was just kind of
a kid, and I was loud.
I was a loud kid and I was a bossy kid, and I like
you know, like every actor probably tells you to put on plays.
I liked to put on plays with my friends
and so it made sense, I guess, to show me movies.
The first movie I remember seeing,
at least that had a big impression on me, was The Jerk,
starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters.
I could only wish to be Steve Martin.
I had been acting in Youth Theater and things like that,
and doing sketch comedy since I was 11.
It was, you know, like kids join the debate team, I joined improv class.
I mean, I think I just kind of realized, as high school hit,
that I just wanted to do more, and then there came a moment where
I thought, well, what I really want to do is
I really want to be in movies, if it's possible,
because that's my favorite medium, I guess, of acting, in a way.
And um, and so I asked my parents and they eventually said yes.
I did a Power Point demonstration.
There was a fair amount of alliteration and there was music,
the song Hollywood, by Madonna, was in it, which was really some heavy stuff.
And uh, there were pictures of there were pictures of some actors
that had started young, you know that,
you know because why did I need to move at 14
instead of waiting to graduate high school?
I thought ahead and thought that might be a question,
and uh, put pictures of various people like Sarah Jessica Parker
um, and people like that, that had started at a younger age.
I convinced them and, and my mom and I went out to L.A.
for pilot season, from Phoenix, and um, it was rough at first.
And I was very over the top because I came from sketch comedy
and theater background, and I had no idea how to bring it down to,
you know, a teaspoon instead of a bucket.
You know, when I was auditioning all the time
it was, you know, because I would go in five or six auditions a week
and they would send me the log lines of the character,
and if it said, "Beautiful" or "Gorgeous" or "Pretty" even
they would delete it before they sent it to me
because I would immediately call them and go,
"Listen, I will not be cast. It's not going to happen."
Not to put myself down or anything, but I just
always wanted to be a comedian, and so I always thought, you know,
it was way more important to be funnier, to be honest than to look any certain way.
The only, uh, people I've met that are a very specific group of, um,
fans of any certain movie were Zombieland because the zombie fans are, it's unbelievable.
There, there is such a thing as "Zombie purists",
which means people that believe that zombies need to be slow moving and dead
and our zombies were fast moving and alive, but infected, so we were
just, we were going to be excommunicated from the zombie community
by a fair number of zombie fans.
Sadly, it's kind of a rarity to read a script where,
the female character is genuinely funny and not just, you know, kind of a
a sounding board for a male character.
Easy A kind of felt, that character to me felt like she could be,
um, in a different situation or a different age
and it might still kind of be a similar story.
When we actually shot it,
I learned how difficult it is to simulate sex for that long,
from that many different angles.
It's, it's a real workout, simulation of sex.
We must have done a hundred takes, total,
because it was from here and then from here,
then from here, and then from here and then from here, and you know,
its multiple takes on each angle. It took two days, but it was fun.
It was really fun.
There was a lot of water. There were some inhaler puffs.
That's not a joke, actually.
There was an oxygen tank at one point. I'm a delicate flower.