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Emma Stone Sucked Her Thumb Until She Was 11 Years Old

The actress Emma Stone, one of the stars of W's February 2016 issue, talks about how she landed her role in "La La Land" (while she had a cold), her crush on Robert De Niro, and more in an intimate video interview with W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg.

Released on 1/3/2017

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Starring: Emma Stone

Transcript

00:03
When I was in Cinderella, I was a step-sister,
00:05
and there was a song in that,
00:06
I don't know if you know the original musical,
00:08
not the Disney one.
00:10
It's like
00:10
♫ Why would a fella want a girl like her?
00:13
Oh, it was like a really wacky,
00:15
puffy sleeve, crazy situation.
00:18
And then they wrote cone-braided hair,
00:21
big blue eye shadow and red lipstick.
00:22
And I had braces at the time,
00:24
so all the red lipstick would get stuck in my braces
00:27
whenever I was smiling.
00:29
I had braces for seven years,
00:30
so any play that I did, for the most part,
00:32
I would just have whatever lip color
00:34
in the braces for the whole play.
00:36
I also sucked my thumb until I was 11 years old.
00:40
The roof of my mouth, it's still so soothing to do it.
00:43
The roof of, ah
00:45
It feels so good.
00:46
The roof of my mouth is so high-pitched
00:48
that I had this huge overbite,
00:49
and I got this gate when I was in second grade
00:52
that came down, it was this like, in between,
00:54
I had braces and then they put a gate,
00:56
and it was like this.
00:58
And I would lift the gate, I'd take the gate down
01:00
and suck my thumb underneath the mouth appliance.
01:04
Because I was totally ignoring the rule
01:05
to not suck your thumb
01:06
while you're trying to straighten out your teeth,
01:08
but I gotta do what I gotta do, you know?
01:11
The name of the movie is La La Land.
01:13
Well Damien came to see Cabaret, when I was doing Cabaret.
01:17
And he saw me on a night
01:19
that I was on a lot of cold medicine,
01:21
which was a lot of nights
01:22
because I was sick a lot during the run.
01:24
After the fact, I heard he had seen it
01:26
and I was really upset because I was like,
01:29
I don't think I was even in my body for that entire show.
01:32
So I think that was my unofficial audition for La La Land,
01:34
without knowing it.
01:35
And I think he has bad taste,
01:38
because if he thought that was a good show,
01:40
I mean, he's wrong.
01:41
I've always known known how to do a little,
01:42
I say always, like I was born knowing how to do a time step.
01:45
I wasn't, but I learned it when I was little.
01:47
Just a kind of simple time step,
01:48
and that's actually something
01:49
that I think I can remember doing on sets
01:51
since I started working.
01:52
It kind of wakes me up to do a little time step,
01:54
but that was the only tap that I knew.
01:56
I know I was maybe 14-ish,
01:59
but I don't remember where it was.
02:03
I might have said this to you before,
02:04
but it bugs me when names,
02:06
like traditional names are spelled funky.
02:09
My real name is Emily.
02:10
It was taken at SAG.
02:11
Please call me Emily.
02:12
In fact, will you just put Emily Stone on my Screen Test?
02:14
There's another Emily Stone.
02:16
I still can't get it back.
02:17
I had the option of Emily J. Stone,
02:19
and it's kind of like Michael J. Fox,
02:21
which, I love Michael J. Fox,
02:22
but I don't think I can pull of the J.
02:24
I was 16 when I found out at SAG
02:26
I couldn't have my own name.
02:27
To ask a 16-year-old to pick a new name
02:30
is really an interesting process,
02:32
because I was like I'm gonna be Riley.
02:34
My name's gonna be Riley Stone.
02:36
And so my name was Riley Stone for about six months.
02:38
And I did a guest spot on Malcolm in the Middle
02:41
and one day they were like
02:42
Riley! Riley!
02:43
And I had no idea who they were talking to,
02:45
and they were like
02:45
Hey! Hey!
02:46
Come on, we need you on set!
02:47
And I was like (gasps)
02:49
I'm not Riley, I can't be Riley!
02:51
So, then I changed it to Emma because it's closer to Emily.
02:54
No offense if your name is spelled this way,
02:56
but, you know, Emily that's like
02:58
E-M-Y-L-E-I-G-H,
03:01
Emyleigh!
03:02
That makes me crazy
03:03
because all you have to do your whole life
03:05
is be like my name's Emyleigh.
03:07
Let me spell it for you, E-M-Y,
03:09
Like they can't just write the name that it sounds like.
03:12
I have a cinematic crush on Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver.
03:16
He's so subtle and incredible.
03:17
I only saw it for the first time two years ago,
03:20
and I just couldn't believe what I was watching.
03:23
He's amazing.
03:24
You know what I don't like?
03:25
It's not a fear but even thinking about it,
03:27
it's giving me a weird feeling in my body and my mouth.
03:30
Newspaper print, yeah just like having dry hands
03:34
and touching a newspaper.
03:36
Ugh!
03:37
Or having hangnails and a wooly kind of blanket or sweater.
03:42
That's not an irrational fear.
03:43
It's just so gross to me to think about.
03:45
Oh, I have a chill up my spine.
03:47
I gotta get out of here.