Emma Stone throws her all in role of Gwen Stacy in ‘Spider-Man’

Emma Stone brings Peter Parker’s first girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, to life in “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

Emma Stone has quickly become one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood. Since her breakout role in “Superbad” in 2007, she’s not only racked up a number of lead roles, such as in “The Help” and “Easy A,” but she’s also been nominated for a slew of awards for her work. Today, she sits atop a major comic book franchise with Andrew Garfield in the reboot of “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

Stone remains focused on her career, expressly stating that she won’t talk politics. However, a new contract she’s signed with Revlon does give her the opportunity to say something about beauty, even if she seems quite unaware of her own appeal.

“I thought why in the world would I be approached for a beauty campaign, because I had always been the funny girl. That’s not to put myself down; that was always the way that my brain worked,” she says. “Then I thought about Diane Keaton for L’Oreal and Ellen DeGeneres for Cover Girl, and how sometimes real beauty gets to be celebrated. If I have an opportunity to possibly reach young girls to make them feel like what they are is enough … then that’s a game-changer.”

Stone and Garfield themselves may be re-writing the rules when it comes to the Spider-Man franchise, which audiences had last seen in 2007 with the third installment, starring Tobey Maguire as Spidey and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson. In this iteration, helmed by “500 Days of Summer” director Marc Webb, Stone plays Peter Parker’s first love, Gwen Stacy. With Garfield and Stone romantically involved offscreen, the intense connection they have in front of the camera is that much more believable, as the actress herself hints.  

“This kind of swept me off of my feet because she is truly in love with him,” Stone says of her and Garfield’s characters. “I wanted to experience that feeling of first love before you know what it’s like to get your heart completely shattered –that life-or-death love. It’s a matter of un-learning, and becoming 17 again, and letting yourself be 17 in this moment. It’s fun, you guys should try it; it’s pretty cool to feel that way again.”

Peter’s (old) new love

Red-headed Mary Jane Watson is Peter Parker’s most famous girlfriend — but Gwen Stacy was the true heartbreaker.
Comic book experts note that her storyline in the “Spider-Man” series was so divisive that it served to end the “Silver Age” of comic books. In the film, she’s a classmate of Peter’s and her father is a police captain (played by Denis Leary). Stone didn’t know about the character of Gwen until she was asked to audition for the role. “I just fell in love with Gwen’s story because it’s just so incredibly epic and tragic,” she says. “Obviously I’m a lot less voluptuous than Gwen, unfortunately. … I’m by no means a supermodel or an unattainable-looking person, so that element of Gwen was a bit different in some ways.”


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