EXCLUSIVE: How Tattoos Helped Emma Stone Find Her Character In 'Birdman'

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 6:00 AM PST, December 15, 2014
Playing EXCLUSIVE: How Tattoos Helped Emma Stone Find Her Character In 'Birdman'

Emma Stone may have a tattoo on her wrist, but her character in Birdman has a lot more.

In tonight’s episode of Hollywood Sessions on EPIX, Stone, 26, explains the meaning behind the hand tattoos seen on film in a discussion with fellow actresses Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), and Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer). ETonline has your first exclusive look at their conversation with Los Angeles Times film writers Rebecca Keegan and Mark Olsen.

“We sort of came to the conclusion that there are a lot of young girls now, in LA specifically I’ve seen it, that get tattoos all over their hands at a really young age, and it’s a very strange thing to do because it’s forever and you’re going to have these tiny hand tattoos,” she says, “So we covered her hands in tattoos because the sort of commitment of that idea and how flippant she is about something so that will mark her... I mean obviously I have a tattoo on my wrist so I’m one to talk.”

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Birdman, which has been nominated for seven Golden Globes, tells the story of a washed-up actor by the name of Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) who once played the superhero Birdman in movies, but must now overcome his family troubles in an attempt to reinvent his career on Broadway.

Playing the role of Sam Thompson, Riggan’s daughter, Stone explains that the ink was more than skin deep.

“Everything was a symbol in some other language of finally finding some peace in her life,” Stone explains.

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“It was helpful to have that permanent reminder,” Stone says. And the character choice has paid off. In addition to getting tons of Oscar buzz, the actress was recently nominated for both a Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Hollywood Sessions is a new series featuring 2014’s biggest stars and award contenders. Episodes air Mondays on EPIX at 8 pm ET.