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image courtesy of W
image courtesy of W

As Hollywood's Golden Girl, Emma Stone has got the glossy cover girl act down pat. But for the February issue of W Magazine, the actress ditches the shiny hair, studio lights, and heavy makeup for a fresh faced look that’s a far cry from the usual newsstand face. What's more? Stone's candid interview with the magazine reveals a 24-year-old who remains unaffected by fame.

On whether it’s difficult to stay serious in dramas:
“In real life, sometimes it’s uncomfortable for me not to go for the joke. I’ve been looking at that in myself lately. Often, joking for me is a way of diffusing the awkwardness of a situation, so it’s kind of exhilarating to be a part of projects where there’s nothing funny or lighthearted.”

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On attending red carpet events:
“At first, when you go to premieres and award shows, you’re thinking, How the hell am I here? All these people I’ve never met are here, and it’s so cool! And then, as time goes on, it’s a little bit like, Ah…it’s more like work. There are only a couple of events where I’ve truly felt, That was an awesome night—and the Oscars [where Stone presented an award with Ben Stiller] was one of them.”

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On what movie made her cry:
“The end of City Lights makes me cry every time I see it—when Charlie Chaplin walks by the shop window and the once blind girl brings him a flower and pins it to his lapel. She’s always thought that he was a millionaire, but he was really a tramp. She feels his hand and says, “You?” And he nods. He says, “You can see now?” And she says, “Yes, I can see now.” They cut back to his face, and he lights up like you’ve never seen. That last line—“Yes, I can see now”—has so many meanings. It’s echoed in every great romantic movie since then and in every great moment of life.”

Promoting her new flick Gangster Squad costarring Hollywood heavy-hitters Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin, Stone recently signed on to film the sequel to the successful Spider-Man where she will reprise her role of love interest Gwen Stacy with her off-screen beau Andrew Garfield.

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