Emma Stone covers W Mag: ‘It’s uncomfortable for me not to go for the joke’

Surprisingly enough, this W Magazine photo shoot was not done by Terry Richardson. Shocking, right? No, Emma Stone was photographed by Juergen Teller for the February issue. Teller is best known (to me) for those minimalist Celine and Marc Jacobs ads that seem sort of anti-glam. So he brought his anti-glam sensibilities to Emma Stone, and here is the result. She looks washed out, tired and drawn, and the styling in a WRECK. I guess this is “high fashion” or a very editorial look. I hate it. You can read Emma’s W piece here, and here are some highlights from her interview:

Her Gangster Squad character: “Grace Faraday, who moved to Hollywood in the ’40s to become a star and ended up falling in with Mickey Cohen, a very well-known gangster, and his brood. Grace is also having an affair with Jerry Wooters, portrayed by Ryan Gosling. He’s one of the cops investigating Mickey Cohen. Grace is playing with fire—she’s constantly torn, caught in that classic conundrum between good and evil.”

Dramas versus comedies: “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.”

Presenting with Ben Stiller at last year’s Oscars: “It was for best visual effects, so Ben and I had all these funny ideas. Planet of the Apes was nominated, so we thought we would bring a chimp onstage and I’d say, “Oh—it looks so real.” And Ben would be like, “It’s a real chimp.” And I’d be insisting, “Oh, my God—the work they do now is so staggering.” And he’d repeat, “It’s a real chimp.” But apparently, you can’t make the Oscar presentation about a particular movie or else the audience thinks you’re swaying the vote toward that movie. So instead, we pretended that Ben had been to the Oscars many times and I was this really overly enthusiastic Oscar presenter. I was very excited, and he was not…. Though a lot of people thought it was something else: When I came offstage, they were saying, “You were so drunk!” And I wasn’t. Not until after…”

Going to her first Oscars: “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 was one of them.”

The movie that makes 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.”

[From W Magazine]

God, I almost cried just reading her describe the Chaplin film! But I’m PMSing, so maybe that’s it. On Wednesday, I burst into tears during Pres. Obama’s gun control speech too. As soon as he started talking about the 7-year-old girl named Grace who died at Sandy Hook and he said, “She loved pink… she loved the beach… she wanted to be a painter…” I had to stop eating my lunch to have a good cry. Ah, PMS. Does anyone else cry during the news these days?

Photos courtesy of Juergen Teller/W Magazine.

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  1. flor says:

    People who do not know how to communicate go for the joke like they are avoiding real and meaningful conversations.

  2. flor says:

    And she has the same stupid face in every. single. picture.

  3. Ranunculus says:

    I find her so boring, she is not really interesting as an actress. And since she is been shoved down our thoughts constantly in pretty stupid movies – and yes I thought The Help was a really stupid stereotype movie – I just wish she’d go away.

  4. carrie says:

    she looks like a anorexic trash junkie in the pics

  5. pretty says:

    what’s up with this fried hair?
    And i think she is SO overrated. She is very pretty but her acting is meh. I get mad when people compare her and Jenifer Lawrence -_-凸
    She looked so out of place in gangster squad or something

    • Amelia says:

      I’m getting pretty tired of seeing this girl all over the place. She’s nice enough but nothing warranting all the coverage (and she seems really miscast as a 40s siren).

  6. lucy2 says:

    I like her, but these are horrible pictures. And can’t a young actress be on a magazine cover without being half naked?

    Don’t feel bad, I teared up during that moment of the speech too.

    “But apparently, you can’t make the Oscar presentation about a particular movie or else the audience thinks you’re swaying the vote toward that movie.”
    The vote that’s already been cast, tallied, certified, and engraved on the statue? That’s silly.

  7. ds says:

    They turned her into a some kind Courtney Love… ugh

  8. marie says:

    I avoid the news most often, but especially when I’m PMSing, just can’t bring myself to watch. But then I’ll end up crying at a damn tampon commercial or something.

    I understand where she is coming from, in my line of work I tend to go for the joke. It helps in most situations and loosens people up.

  9. Jamie says:

    When did she get so skinny? She just looks like another teeny tiny anonymous Hollywood blonde these days. I caught her on Ellen a week or so ago and I was SHOCKED by how she looked like skin and bones.

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      She is very thin. She’s always been small, but she lacks muscle tone which means she losing weight the unhealthy way.

      And the help wasn’t good. The Oscar’s just love black history movies after they spent so many years being on the losing end of civil rights.

    • Susi says:

      I know! I’ve noticed this for a while now, that she has lost a HEAP of weight and it looks awful. She was always slim and small but now she looks unhealthy and extremely underweight.

      So if you look at a photo of her in a corset in Easy A, and compare it to this top photo, you’ll see an extreme difference. Look closely at her torso where it goes into her armpits, she looks… withered. That is not healthy.

  10. jinni says:

    She looks like a teenage runaway that’s being pimped out and forced to take vaguely pedo pictures.

    Anyway, from the trailer of the movie she seems really missed cast. It’s not that she doesn’t have the classic bombshell looks, it’s just that she doesn’t seem to have the presence and charisma to carry off this role in my opinion. Plus, I think her looks are too modern for a period piece.

  11. Miss so and so says:

    it takes a LOT of work to make Emma Stone ugly …. but they managed.

  12. GoodCapon says:

    What’s up with her eyes in the first photo? >>>> -_O

  13. evie says:

    she’s overrated.

  14. Eleonor says:

    I tought that was Elle Fanning!

  15. Beatrice Sparkplug says:

    The pictures are terrible, Juergen Teller is just a slightly washed out, so-called ‘more naturalistic’ version of Uncle Terry — but I do think she’s great. She’s unusually articulate for a young celebrity. She’s a funny, smart, beautiful girl. She’ll be around for a while, this one.

  16. nofkksgiven says:

    I like the pictures…not every editorial spread is about beauty.

  17. Skipper says:

    I cry all the time at the news. Watching the boy whose father had escaped the hostage situation in Algeria talk about how he was going to hug his dad and never let him go made me almost burst into tears and almost fall off the treadmill. Seriously almost fall off the treadmill and land face first. I’m tired of it!

  18. FirstTimer says:

    I love her with red hair. :(

  19. Nanz says:

    Terrible photo shoot. I like Emma Stone. I think she is as “real” as you can get in Hollywood.

    • A says:

      Agree. She is not a huge try hard like so many celebs these days, but she also cares enough to come across as professional.

  20. judyjudy says:

    I like her until she starts talking. It’s like she has an egg glued to the roof of her mouth.

  21. Aria says:

    I think Emma has succumbed to the Hollywood pressure of becoming another lollipop starlet. She was at her best in looks at “An easy A”.

    • Susi says:

      I thought she looked at her best in Zombieland. Definitely too skinny now, she looks scarily, unhealthily skinny. And we all know that whatever she looks like in film and photos, the reality will be much more severe because cameras add weight.

  22. Diana says:

    I also cried during her description of the movie but I am also PMSing, so there you go, and I don’t watch the news that often; they make me depressed. Love Emma though.

  23. serena says:

    OH GOD.
    The cover is so so so horrible, seems like a Terry Richardson photo in the Chateau Marmont, Cracken style. UGH.

    I’m still hoping she changes hairstylist.

  24. Yukon says:

    Emma has always looked like a second rate Lindsay Lohan to me… and her acting is mediocre at best.

    • serena says:

      Please don’t.
      She may not be an ‘amazing’ actress, but she’s brilliant, funny and talented.
      Now, this photoshoot is crap so of course one would associate it with Lohan, but that’s as far as the comparison go.

    • Beatrice Sparkplug says:

      When Easy A came out, I figured Emma Stone was the model brought in to replace the defective Lohan — but the other way around? That’s nuts!

  25. Tasha says:

    Wow these are some really bad photos, what was W mag thinking with these.

  26. Kate says:

    That photoshoot is horrible. She’s a lovely looking girl but she does indeed look like a younger Courtney Love. What is it with the tacky styling of so many young stars? Terry Richardson’s porno aesthetic is contagious, it seems.

    I cried when the teacher at Sandy Hook who hid the kids was interviews, and said that she’d told them “you are so loved, you are so loved” because she was certain he was about to kill them all, and she didn’t want screams and shots to be all they heard during the last 15 minutes of their lives. It was randomly on the BBC morning news hour, and I never normally cry at the news but that did it. Oh, and I cried when Obama’s speech mentioned “gay or straight” because I knew what that would mean to some friends. And what it means for society in general, actually, that a President can be so openly inclusive of diversity.

    • Susi says:

      Do you know what really bothered me when she was talking about that? That here was this amazing, brave woman, who had done an incredible thing, and the best possible thing she could, by making these children feel as safe and loved as she possibly could in what could have been their last moments; and yet she felt like she had to qualify and excuse her own behavior because teachers are not allowed to show or express affection to students in ANY way anymore. So she actually said something to the effect of “and I don’t know if that’s okay, you know teachers…” to explain breaking the rules and telling these kids she loved them. That broke my heart. That our society is so backward that this incredible woman felt the need to excuse her wonderful behavior. And to qualify, I don’t mean that out of everything that happened at Sandy Hook, that is the one thing that upset me. I mean that, on top of all of the heartbreak and hideousness of those events, that was just a small thing that jumped out at me when she was speaking and really angered me about the way we are headed as a society.

      • Kate says:

        I’m not from the States, and yeah that did make my eyebrows raise. Small kids here are cuddled automatically if they fall over and bump themselves. It’s on the kindy accident forms I get when my kid has a boo-boo: “Treatment: cold compress, cuddles and reassurance.”

        I do get that teachers need a little professional distance, and more and more so as kids grow. But in that situation?

        Those teachers were amazing. The two who ran towards the gunfire, the one who acted as decoy. Just such courage from everyday people.

  27. Lee says:

    I guess I’m in the minority here, but I think Emma is great. I much prefer her to the insufferable Kristen Stewart, ‘here taste my baked goods’ Blake Lively, or many other young Hollywood types.

    That being said: I wish she would dye her hair red again.

  28. NeoCleo says:

    These photos made me want to cry. I love this actress and she looks so vapid here. WTH? Why?

  29. Kate says:

    The cover looks like a call girl ad

  30. KellyinSeattle says:

    So trashed hair is the upscale style now?

  31. Gaby says:

    The pictures are just hideous, but I did cry at her description of the ending of ‘City Lights’ because I feel the exact same way, such a beautiful film.

  32. Beth says:

    I can’t even watch the news anymore. I’ve gone through news-free phases my whole adult life, but now since I cry every time I drop my son off at Kindergarten, I just have to stay away from the news. I’m lucky if I can get through The Daily Show without anxiety.

  33. Really? says:

    These photos are complete unadulterated shite and make even Terry Richardson’s shite on a bad day look passable…what the HELL??? I could see these pictures on a freaking milk bottle…horrible!

  34. lisa2 says:

    I like Emma she seems very sweet. I find if funny that she is getting negative and people are comparing her to Jennifer. Every actress has her season. I’m wondering how long Jennifer’s will last. I guess until the next 20 something comes along.

    the pictures are just not good. But then there have been a lot of awful photoshoots lately. Jennifer has some bad ones too. They keep trying make them sexy and they just don’t have that SEXY IT thing yet. To me anyway. I’m sure others will disagree.

  35. Annabelle says:

    These photos make me cry.

    Dreadful in every way.

  36. Ally8 says:

    Please. Juergen Teller is Richardson with a Polaroid camera.

    I mainly look at the Marc Jacobs ads he does & think, this is why they’re paying seamstresses in China $1 an hour to sew these clothes… so Marc Jacobs can run ugly photographs and blank pages at $150,000 a pop.

  37. Axis2ClusterB says:

    Wow. She’s so much prettier than this.

  38. NYCGAL says:

    I don’t know why but I find her voice so annoying. I just don’t care for her as an actress and she’s everywhere.

  39. snappyfish says:

    you know what makes me cry any time of the month? the ASPCA commercials with sad looking cats & dogs; i cry buckets and have to chase my dogs around to hug them.

    as for emma, i like her, but i don’t like these photos. they have a lohan vibe, which is never a good thing.

  40. hikkilove says:

    does anyone else feel like theyre looking at a sad 17 year old prostitute in these pics? maybe that was the point.