Emma Stone talks Zombieland - RT Interview

RT Interview: Emma Stone on Zombieland

After kicking off her movie career in Superbad as the high-school hottie throwing the cool party, Emma Stone is rapidly carving a niche for herself as a young actress with good comic chops. Her latest outing is the fright-com Zombieland, in which she plays one of four human survivors (with Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin) blowing away zombies in America. Rotten Tomatoes meets up with an actress who, as she explains, was instructed to move to LA by a voice in her head...

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How did you hook up with Zombieland?

Emma Stone: I read the script and told my agent I loved it and then I auditioned with a lot of other very cool actresses who probably would have been way better for the part than me. I auditioned with Jesse -- we did some improv together. I knew he was going to be amazing in the movie.

Did you find anything challenging about it?

ES: I had never done any action before and I'm not very good at running so that was hard. I kept injuring myself. Other than that, it was just fun -- learning how to shoot guns and pretending to be a bad-ass.

What was your favourite part?

ES: I got to shoot a lot of zombies but my favourite thing was to watch Abigail shooting them. She is way more bad-ass than any 12-year-old I've ever met. Needless to say, there were nights that it was incredibly scary and you're being chased by 30 ravenous extras dressed as zombies.

Come on. You weren't really scared, were you?

ES: Yeah! On the second day, Abbie and I had to be chased by something like 30 zombies and it was two o'clock in the morning and I was really overtired. I started getting these paranoid thoughts that one of them was really crazy. I was like, How do you know you can trust these people?! So we're running from these people and shooting at them and in my mind I'm thinking, What if one of them snaps and attacks me? I got myself into a paranoid tizzy about it.

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Abigail Breslin's only 12. Did you start that young?

ES: No, I moved out to LA when I was 15 and I didn't get my first role until I was almost 18 so I was lucky to have most of my teenage years off camera. Not to say I haven't had breakout acne explosions since on camera! That's been nice.

How did your move to LA come about?

ES: I had a revelation in history class, sixth period. I was 14 and in my freshman year, and that night I made a presentation to my parents to move to Los Angeles. Two months later, my mom came with me. I auditioned for three years and nothing happened and finally I got Superbad.

What was the revelation?

ES: It was this feeling that overtook me... it was like a voice and it's happened a couple times throughout my life, and all it said was, "You have to move to LA right now." And I hated LA -- I'd been to LA before, I still can't stand it. In fact I'm moving to New York I hate it so much.

Comments

Funkmaster Flex

Phillip Martin

Loved Zombieland when I saw it this weekend and Emma does a very good job. She's fortunate that she seems to find castmates that she has good chemistry with.

Oct 7 - 06:50 AM

rle4lunch

Chad W

I love how RT thinks that using British grammar instead of American makes them more acceptable to the world population. Get over yourselves RT, no one really gives a *****. Favorite is spelled FAVORITE, you can leave the British 'U' out of the picture next time.

Other than that, yes, she is quite good and I look forward to seeing Zombieland tonight. I'm sure it's a riot.

Oct 7 - 07:10 AM

Moonpig123

Nathan Scatcherd

Idiot.

Oct 11 - 11:45 AM

Joe Utichi

Joe Utichi

rle4lunch: This article is from the UK version of RT. We have our own ideas about how to spell favourite.

Oct 7 - 07:16 AM

rle4lunch

Chad W

Not knocking the language Joe and I understand the difference. Even the western writers at RT America use it, not just the UK version. :)

Oct 7 - 07:35 AM

Shaun H.

Shaun Hayler

Technically speaking english should be the UK version seeming as that's where ENGLAND IS, english - England? Yeah, that's our invention, besides why so pedantic it's only a word? Besides most international spoken English is the UK version so why use the US version? Just becuase it appeases your patriotism, RT is fine, I say get over yourself.

Oct 7 - 07:45 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Emma Stone has AWESOME parents . . . there is NO way my kid would say "hey Dad--let's move to LA so I can be a movie star," and I would agree.

A LOT of people move to LA and say LA stinks and move away from LA.

Los Angeles has a SMOG that hangs over it all morning and then dissipates by the afternoon

Oct 7 - 07:31 AM

rle4lunch

Chad W

Not knocking the language Joe and I understand the difference. Even the western writers at RT America use it, not just the UK version. :)

Oct 7 - 07:35 AM

Shaun H.

Shaun Hayler

Technically speaking english should be the UK version seeming as that's where ENGLAND IS, english - England? Yeah, that's our invention, besides why so pedantic it's only a word? Besides most international spoken English is the UK version so why use the US version? Just becuase it appeases your patriotism, RT is fine, I say get over yourself.

Oct 7 - 07:45 AM

Shaun H.

Shaun Hayler

Technically speaking english should be the UK version seeming as that's where ENGLAND IS, english - England? Yeah, that's our invention, besides why so pedantic it's only a word? Besides most international spoken English is the UK version so why use the US version? Just becuase it appeases your patriotism, RT is fine, I say get over yourself.

Oct 7 - 07:45 AM

rle4lunch

Chad W

Calm down, calm down. I'm pointing it out because I've seen it on this site for 4 years now and it's annoying to see American journalists trying to be above themselves for one reason or another. My grandparents are from England, I have no qualms with the Brits. It was an observance, that is all. And I'll never get over myself. :)

Oct 7 - 08:17 AM

Lt. Aldo Raine

Andrew Wilcutt

Favourite Favourite Favourite

Oct 7 - 08:25 AM

Whittster

James Whitty

Favourite, favourite, favourite. I agree, agree, agree. Why wouldn't we use the British/English version considering it's called ENGLISH and not AMERICAN?! Maybe the reason the Yanks feel the need to omit the letter U they're so self-obsessed (they probably think there's an I in "team" too). Whatever, you Americans remake SO MANY classic movies and dumb them down, why the hell weouldn't you do the same to the English language?

Oct 20 - 11:50 PM

Bulletproof_Animal

Martin Errington

Amazing how this turned into a debate on spelling. Mental.

Oct 7 - 08:25 AM

CFM

'schak Attack

This debate on spelling is more interesting than this interview, Bulletproof_Animal.

RT should have asked: "Tally-ho, Emma! What is your favourite colour?"

Oct 7 - 09:03 AM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

I demand CRUMPETS! Lots and lots of CRUMPETS!

Oct 7 - 09:11 AM

CFM

'schak Attack

*nods to rle4lunch*

Yeah RT, get over yourselves! And stop it with the Grey Poupon, it's MUSTARD dammit!

Hey rle4lunch, let us know if Zombieland is as good as The Dark Knight, because TDK is the best movie EVER!

Oct 7 - 09:47 AM

rle4lunch

Chad W

And now it's time to bring in the TDK references too. Annnnd, go...!

Oct 7 - 09:47 AM

CFM

'schak Attack

I wonder if, during the movie, Emma has to wear any ARMOUR ?

Oct 7 - 09:50 AM

rle4lunch

Chad W

Good question CFM, I wonder if it would help her in her defence?

Oct 7 - 10:17 AM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

The Brits use more letters for their words,
they simply aren't as efficient as us Yanks.

That is why England is referred to as the 51st State!

*runs away with all the beef wellington*

Oct 7 - 12:11 PM

Enigma

Craig Mottram

Efficient or lazy? lol

You even stole our word for football and put into that NFL thing. ha ha

Oct 7 - 12:22 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

rle4lunch you have no honour, you've shown your true colours, I'm so tyred of you...not really I can't back that up. I just wanted to joint in the fete.

Oct 7 - 02:12 PM

rle4lunch

Chad W

BigBro, there's always room for more.

Oct 7 - 03:00 PM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

No desire to get wrapped up in the fray here, but as far as I know, we US RT writers have never used the British spelling of words in our articles. What might be confusing for some is that many articles that run on the UK version of RT also show up here on the US site (and vice versa, really). And Joe is our absolute favourite UK editor.

Oct 7 - 03:53 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Hello!!! It's spelled or not our...Commie :)

Oct 7 - 04:30 PM

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