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Why Emma Stone can’t watch Crazy, Stupid, Love

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The actress can’t stand to sit down and watch her beloved romantic comedy with Ryan Gosling.

How many times have you seen Crazy, Stupid, Love?

I have seen it [redacted] times. OK fine, I’ll just own up to it. I’ve probably watched that fizzy, dizzying double romantic comedy starring Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone upwards of 20 times.

I know, it’s ridiculous. But that’s the thing about rom coms, isn’t: they become background noise to your life. If you asked me to isolate a single viewing of Crazy, Stupid, Love I couldn’t. How long is a piece of string, you know? It’s one sprawling, continual viewing over the seven years since its release, paused only occasionally during the scene in which Ryan Gosling demonstrates the Dirty Dancing lift.

I know several women who would agree with me, but I’ve just learnt that there’s one woman who doesn’t: Emma Stone. 

Ryan and Emma, sitting in a tree

The actress and star of Crazy, Stupid, Love has never seen Crazy, Stupid, Love. Not once over the years since the movie was released.

Speaking to Timothée Chalamet as part of Variety’s actors interviewing actors series, Stone revealed that her anxiety reached such untenable levels while filming that movie, because of the pressure Stone felt about being the star of her own film, that to this day she’s unable to watch her scenes.

“I was really in love with that script, but I put so much pressure on myself,” Stone told Chalamet. “I was 20, and while we were shooting it, I was just going nuts and was like, this whole thing could fail. It felt like it had to be well-calibrated throughout, and it was the first time that I had ever had to rely on myself to be able to carry all of that.”

Stone added that she’s able to watch her movies now, but back then she couldn’t handle the pressure of seeing herself onscreen. (She really should, as smart, switched-on lawyer Hannah she more than holds her own against Ryan Gosling’s super-smooth Jacob.) 

Chalamet, bless his heart, has no qualms watching his stuff. “When I did Interstellar, I saw that 12 times in theatres and Imax,” he told Stone.

One of those screenings was an intimate event for a few castmembers hosted by the film’s director Christopher Nolan, a guest list that included Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and John Lithgow. “I really had no career at this point, so I was like the fraud a little bit,” Chalamet recalled. “And I saw it, and I loved it, but then I went home to my dad and wept for an hour.”

Stone asked Chalamet why, and he revealed that he remembered his role in the movie as being a bigger, more significant part. “It felt so giant when you were doing it,” Stone said, and Chalamet agreed. (Things worked out alright for Chalamet in the end. He’s now an Oscar-nominated actor at the age of only 22, about to start filming on a Wes Anderson movie in France.)

If Stone did decide to sit down one of these days with her Netflix account and Crazy, Stupid, Love, I don’t think she would be disappointed. She’s easily the best thing in that movie. 

And this is a film that includes an extended scene in which Ryan Gosling takes off his shirt. 

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