Emma Stone Reveals Directors Stole Her Jokes and Gave Them to Her Male Costars
Emma Stone is one of the funniest thespians in Hollywood, hands down; she has brilliant timing and unparalleled charisma. If you haven't seen La La Land yet, then you're not living your best life. It's like eating key lime pie for two straight hours — incredibly charming key lime pie. Stone is getting praise left and right for her performance in the film; however, this level of credit and appreciation is new to her.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the actress reveals that male directors actually used to steal her ideas and jokes and give them to her male counterparts. "There are times in the past, making a movie, when I’ve been told that I’m hindering the process by bringing up an opinion or an idea," Stone told the magazine. "I hesitate to make it about being a woman, but there have been times when I’ve improvised, they’ve laughed at my joke, and then given it to my male costar. Given my joke away."
This is terrible but, unfortunately, not that surprising. Hollywood sexism is alive and well, my friends. In fact, it often feels like people are just starting to grasp the concept that women can be funny, which is maddening. (See: The fact that it took until 2016 to make an all-female version of Ghostbusters.) And this sexism followed Stone when she tried to voice her opinions. She revealed that her directors would ignore her when she suggested that a particular joke wasn't funny or wouldn't land.
"Or it's been me saying, 'I really don't think this line is gonna work,' and being told, 'Just say it, just say it, if it doesn't work, we'll cut it out' — and they didn’t cut it out, and it really didn't work," Stone said. Many actresses have probably been in similar situations. It will take time for instances like this to stop completely, but Stone's opening up about her story will certainly move the dial along. Stone is the funniest person in any room she enters. Let her call the shots from now on, please.
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