Emma Stone talks Zombieland - RT Interview

by | October 7, 2009 | Comments

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…



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.


Stone in Zombieland

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.

RT Interview: Emma Stone on Zombieland



Is that all it said?

ES: Well, I was like, “Why?” And it said, “Because if you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” I don’t know why I had to do it right then but I can tell you those three years of rejection completely built me into having the guts to keep going. I was having breakdowns — “What am I doing? I’m 15 years old! I have no friends! I’m not in school — why did I need to do this?” But I kept pushing through it, and I’m so glad I got rejected for so long because things fall into your lap when you least expect it. Superbad was my first movie and I made that in what would have been my senior year of high school. So follow your gut. Your gut will tell exactly what to do when you need to do it.

Did you always want to get into comedy?

ES: Yeah. My mom loved Saturday Night Live and Gilda Radner. She would do Gilda Radner impressions and she showed me old Saturday Night Live when I was about seven. The first movie I ever saw was The Jerk. By the time I turned nine, I knew The Jerk and Animal House and Planes, Trains and Automobiles by heart. I watched them on a loop. I think I just connected laughter to love and immediately that was what I wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to be on Saturday Night Live. Gilda Radner was my hero. And Diane Keaton and Ruth Gordon

Which of your comedy hero’s careers would you most like to have?

ES: Diane Keaton’s. She can do anything. Everyone references Meryl Streep and Meryl’s untouchable — but Diane’s really untouchable too.


Stone with Abigail Breslin on set.

Ever met her?

ES: No, but I met Cameron Crowe – he’s one of my favourite directors – and ever since I’ve been too afraid to meet Diane. He was waiting for me at the top of the stairs at a premiere. He said, “Emma?” and put his hand out and goes, “Cameron Crowe.” And I shook his hand and I started crying. I went [voice breaking], “Hi…” I cried in front of Cameron Crowe and it was so embarrassing. So I could never meet Diane! I’d get way too emotional. She would think I was a nutcase.

What are you doing next?

ES: I don’t know yet. It’s a great feeling. It’s fun to be scared again. God, I hope I get work!

Is there a House Bunny sequel on the cards?

ES: [laughs] Oh God, no! No, I can promise you that will not be happening. It was a fun movie though.

What are you going to do when you turn 21?

ES: Buy my first bottle of Pinot Grigio. I’ll be legal drinking age — yeah!

Zombieland hits UK cinemas on Friday. It’s out now in the US and arrives in Australia on 3rd December.

Tag Cloud

Food Network dark adaptation Comedy Central video Television Academy Vudu rotten movies we love Film National Geographic Comedy CBS All Access crime drama Spike cats renewed TV shows award winner PBS nbcuniversal Hear Us Out DC Comics Holidays LGBT concert 4/20 Holiday Warner Bros. 2019 Box Office boxoffice TBS Nickelodeon Kids & Family Women's History Month facebook Black History Month child's play Premiere Dates Fox News Writers Guild of America ghosts Extras Summer TLC Martial Arts TruTV based on movie Apple TV Plus tv talk Pixar french Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Oscars Nominations Marathons Paramount cancelled television Captain marvel movie VICE Shondaland harry potter President Awards 24 frames adventure spinoff Netflix comics book HBO Go italian A24 spain biography Starz transformers canceled TV shows Apple Sundance Musicals richard e. Grant screenings Pop Peacock Rock SXSW 2017 Character Guide BBC Amazon Prime E3 parents 99% south america RT History sports First Look documentary The Walking Dead sag awards Year in Review E! Emmys 2018 streaming cooking USA GoT Animation Tarantino social media USA Network police drama Logo animated disaster crime ABC Stephen King Emmy Nominations LGBTQ Set visit psychological thriller Acorn TV nature deadpool hollywood Horror elevated horror comedies History fast and furious New York Comic Con YA Freeform Disney Plus Crunchyroll dragons Spring TV Biopics Paramount Network cults twilight reviews classics Podcast PaleyFest Cosplay mutant zombie Trophy Talk 2020 American Society of Cinematographers Calendar jamie lee curtis Amazon Prime Video 2015 Turner Classic Movies 20th Century Fox Reality Anna Paquin Spectrum Originals YouTube Premium Disney die hard MTV Countdown Masterpiece halloween Marvel Television Disney Channel Apple TV+ Superheroes scary movies psycho Tomatazos Ovation The Purge politics Alien DC streaming service First Reviews CBS 72 Emmy Awards HBO canceled miniseries Creative Arts Emmys Rocky IFC Films ratings Best and Worst cops Baby Yoda technology Teen TIFF Disney+ Disney Plus CMT CW Seed Travel Channel christmas movies Hallmark docudrama TCA Video Games Ghostbusters obituary VOD OneApp anthology television SDCC worst DGA Star Trek Interview Disney streaming service DirecTV Brie Larson Red Carpet Lifetime Christmas movies Mystery true crime Rocketman supernatural casting binge Chilling Adventures of Sabrina BAFTA Christmas slashers batman historical drama black Endgame versus Marvel aliens kids Superheroe robots TCA Winter 2020 Walt Disney Pictures TCA 2017 Dark Horse Comics laika dceu Cartoon Network comiccon cancelled satire Tumblr Trailer X-Men WGN talk show name the review Bravo teaser blaxploitation mockumentary period drama emmy awards Hallmark Christmas movies Classic Film Lionsgate criterion romance BBC One hist justice league sequel serial killer game show DC Universe Academy Awards PlayStation Lifetime Drama Amazon Studios See It Skip It critics cinemax Winter TV scorecard Britbox NBC Schedule medical drama Esquire Quiz Certified Fresh comic books joker movies Winners Shudder Elton John comic festival ITV cancelled TV shows mission: impossible Musical Fantasy halloween tv Marvel Studios Mary Poppins Returns Turner Heroines spider-man blockbuster free movies BET Comics on TV TV indie FX on Hulu ID NYCC 71st Emmy Awards werewolf natural history Sundance Now james bond Polls and Games diversity directors Funimation A&E breaking bad Avengers archives rotten Thanksgiving San Diego Comic-Con BET Awards zombies TV renewals toronto news MSNBC war Nat Geo a nightmare on elm street CNN Cannes GIFs franchise remakes best Amazon boxing rt archives Lucasfilm Crackle Sony Pictures TV Land Chernobyl GLAAD latino Super Bowl japanese IFC quibi Netflix Christmas movies foreign TNT cartoon 2016 venice Television Critics Association asian-american Western cancelled TV series strong female leads The Arrangement anime sequels Country Showtime FOX Rom-Com travel Photos FX crime thriller discovery Awards Tour game of thrones singing competition festivals VH1 Valentine's Day WarnerMedia toy story stoner sitcom Watching Series football Discovery Channel APB chucky what to watch The Academy SundanceTV Film Festival OWN series TCA Awards Mudbound romantic comedy MCU Reality Competition superhero spanish language finale Universal documentaries indiana jones space 007 TCM Comic Book vampires Pet Sematary nfl Epix witnail science fiction ESPN Hulu thriller doctor who children's TV political drama worst movies Arrowverse video on demand Syfy The Witch AMC dogs 21st Century Fox Toys Fox Searchlight stand-up comedy BBC America Trivia unscripted dc screen actors guild dramedy spy thriller zero dark thirty Binge Guide Family stop motion ABC Family reboot 45 Mary Tyler Moore Star Wars Opinion Pride Month hispanic Columbia Pictures Ellie Kemper theme song fresh spanish Music Sundance TV golden globes Mindy Kaling El Rey Adult Swim HBO Max films Black Mirror revenge Song of Ice and Fire australia independent Sci-Fi Tubi RT21 green book FXX Sneak Peek crossover Pop TV cars Infographic universal monsters Action Mary poppins The CW all-time Grammys YouTube composers YouTube Red Pirates Fall TV Election