We’ve talked about how big a deal it was for Emma Stone to take on the role of Gwen Stacy – and not Peter Parker’s traditional, redheaded love Mary Jane — in The Amazing Spider-Man. After all, it’s common knowledge that Gwen ultimately dies, in a heartwrenching scene when Spidey tries to save her. All of this expectation to play Peter’s first love and a tragic character would scare off a less seasoned actor, and Emma admits that she almost didn’t take the role for the pressure.
At the movie’s press junket this past weekend, Emma confessed that she was inspired to take the role by Jennifer Lawrence‘s similar predicament with The Hunger Games last year. Even though we know Jen to be warm and wonderfully funny from interviews, there was a time, back when she was “that girl who got nominated for an Oscar for Winter’s Bone,” that she was too intimidated to play Katniss Everdeen. We don’t blame her; it was a life-changing role that would likely define her career for the next five years and carried with it a lot of expectation. Similarly, Emma told Access Hollywood,
“I love Jennifer Lawrence and I watched a lot of her interviews for Hunger Games—it was kind of the same thing she was feeling. What scared me was the idea of, ‘What could happen to my life after doing something like this?’
“But the part and the process outweighed that fear. It felt like a stupid reason to not be part of this—what might happen [and] how [my] life could change didn’t feel like enough of a reason to not play Gwen, not to get to be involved with this and not to get to act with Andrew or to get to tell the story in a different way.”
This has been a win-win-win situation for Emma: We can already tell that she’s going to replace Bryce Dallas Howard‘s portrayal of Gwen from 2007′s Spider-Man 3; this is a smart way to attach her face to a famous character and transition into more dramatic roles; and she’s now dating Andrew Garfield.
It’s really awesome to see the young female stars of big franchises supporting each other. You had Kristen Stewart giving Jen shout-outs at the MTV Movie Awards the other weekend, and similar stories of starlets writing letters back and forth. Makes you almost forget about that Hunger Games/Harry Potter rivalry that still exists.
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