|Emma Stone poses at the premiere of 'The Amazing Spider-Man' at the Regency Village theatre in Los Angeles, June 28, 2012. The movie opens in the U.S. on July 3. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
NEW YORK - Never mind the blonde jokes. After years as a screen redhead, the “smartest” role Emma Stone has ever played has seen her revert to her natural platinum.
The 23-year-old actress - who plays Spider-Man’s wannabe scientist girlfriend Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man - says her career was born when she dyed her hair at age 15. The rest, she credits to Judd Apatow.
“I dyed my head brown when I was 15 and first auditioning in L.A.,” the sandpaper-voiced Arizona-born actress says. “I sounded pretty much like I do now (the result of a vocal node), which is a little weird for parts for 15-year-olds, so I didn’t fit any kind of mold.
“But I dyed my hair brown and a week later, I got my first role. And then, a couple of years later, when I was cast in (the Judd Apatow-produced) Superbad, Martha McIsaac, who played Becca, also had brown hair.
“And Judd Apatow walked into the makeup room and said, ‘Make it red!’ to the hair person.”
And for five years, Stone’s hair mainly stayed some shade of red.
So what does hair have to do with Spider-Man? Call it a Betty and Veronica thing. Spidey’s two girlfriends of note were redhead Mary Jane Watson (played by Kirsten Dunst in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films) and the blonde police chief’s daughter Gwen Stacy.
“I didn’t know who Gwen Stacy was, because I hadn’t read the comic book. So I looked into it and just fell in love with Gwen’s story because it is so incredibly epic and tragic and incredible, it was enormous. So I took the opportunity to audition and I got to act with Andrew (Garfield) for the first time. He was the best actor I’d ever worked with, and I realized how much I could learn from him.”
(They apparently hit it off offscreen as well, though their relationship was not a subject for discussion).
Like many child stars, Stone eschewed higher education in exchange for, y’know, millions of dollars.
Playing the science-crazy Gwen awakened a familial interest in science that even has her talking about studying biology.
“My aunt and uncle are scientists that work for Merck, and helped create the cervical cancer vaccine, and I’m sort of indoctrinated by what they did. I had really bad acne a few years ago, and I was going online and trying to figure out what causes it, cortisol production. And this is the first time in my life that I’ve been really angry about not going to college. Because I knew what (my aunt and uncle) were talking about - biophytonics and cortisol … “I don’t like the word smart, because what does smart mean? Does it mean that you’re able to learn? Or does it mean you’ve been in college?”
Well, if all else fails, she can always play a scientist in a movie.