Emma Stone is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces with memorable roles in this summer's Friends with Benefits, Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Help, but the modest actress is taking her sudden success in stride.
At the Los Angeles premiere of Stone's latest film, The Help, which is already gathering quite a bit of award season talk, Emma played off the early buzz with her trademark humor.
"Is that what is? I thought there was like a fly," Emma jokes playfully mock-searching for the creature at the source all that "buzzing." Stone laughs it off, saying in all seriousness she is really "glad," and hopes "people go see the movie and enjoy it."
Co-star Viola Davis admits she appreciates the favorable reception of the film but "[doesn't] know what to do with" talk of Oscars in their future.
The Help stars Emma as Skeeter, a young aspiring journalist in 1960s Mississippi looking for a story angle that disturbs her, "particularly if it bothers no one else." She turns to her own experience growing up with "the help," looking to tell the point of view of Aibileen (Viola Davis), Minnie (Octavia Spencer) and their peers. From there, the women build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk.
Also starring Bryce Dallas Howard, The Help arrives in theaters today, August 10.