Emma's web: Stone lays down the law

Emma's web: Stone lays down the law

Sun June 17, 2012 8:15pm

YOU can't pinpoint exactly what makes Emma Stone so charming; somehow she comes across as both cool and old fashioned.

Phrases such as "Holy moly!" and "Heck, yes!" pepper her conversation, and she's partial to a wink, giving the impression she's stepped out of a 1930s screwball comedy.

Yet she also has a tattoo (Stone and her mother got matching blackbird feet tattoos on their wrists - designed by Paul McCartney, whom she met through Zombieland co-star Woody Harrelson - to celebrate her mother beating cancer) and she likes going to hip-hop classes in her spare time.

I'm sitting with the 23-year-old redhead (she's since returned to her natural blonde) in Tokyo to talk about The Amazing Spider-Man, a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise that originally starred Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

She's in Japan with her co-star and boyfriend Andrew Garfield, who stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Stone plays Parker's love interest, Gwen Stacy.

The couple are yet to publicly confirm their relationship but are often captured by the paparazzi kissing and holding hands on the streets of New York. During the press conference, they don't attempt to hide their fondness for each other - they giggle conspiratorially, she winks at him and jokingly puts a reassuring hand on his leg when the producer describes Peter Parker as "a boy going through a difficult time".

I mention to Stone I thought I saw her pinch Garfield's leg under the table.

"No, I was poking his side," she clarifies in her distinctive throaty voice (the result of having nodules on her vocal chords from a bout of colic as a baby). "I was trying to get a reaction out of him."

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