Emma Stone Reveals Why She Passed on 'Ghostbusters,' Addresses Andrew Garfield Breakup Rumors
By Antoinette Bueno
The Internet has been pretty excited about the all-female reboot of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters for a while now, but before casting was finalized, one name that continuously came up was the always lovable -- and hilarious -- Emma Stone.
In a new interview, the 26-year-old actress confirms that she actually passed on the highly coveted chance to star alongside Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in the Paul Feig-directed reboot.
"The script was really funny," Emma tells WSJ. Magazine. "It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment -- it's a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water."
Emma is, of course, referring to playing Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. Though last year's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wasn't exactly loved by critics, she did meet her boyfriend, Andrew Garfield, through working on the films. But their relationship has recently been the subject of breakup rumors -- to the horror of both stars' fans -- which the Aloha actress not surprisingly keeps pretty private about.
"See, I never talk about this stuff for this exact reason -- because it's all so speculative and baseless," Emma says about both the breakup rumors and the speculation that they're back together. "Once you start responding -- once you're like, 'No, that's not true' -- then they're like, 'Well, if we push enough, we'll get a comment, so let's see what else we can make up.'"
"I understand the interest in it completely, because I've had it, too," she adds. "But it's so special to me that it never feels good to talk about, so I just continually don't talk about it."
Still, even she admits that carrying a paper bag labeled "Andrew Garfield" from their shared stylist's office in April was a deliberate act of "rebelliousness."
"When I picked up the bag, I was like, 'This is kind of funny if there are any [paparazzi] out there,'" she says, admitting that she easily could have flipped the bag around to conceal Andrew's name. "There's probably some rebelliousness that comes out in me after all these stories and people texting you for weeks about something that, for the most part, is not true. But even when it’s false, I would rather just let it be false."
The eccentric actress also reveals some of her endearing quirks in the interview -- like attempting to make her own body lotion after reading an article about it one night at 3 a.m. -- which includes hilariously lurking on strangers' blogs, including mom blogs and ones about baking.
"Sometimes if they seem really cool I'll follow them in secret for like a year, and then email them," she says. One time, she reveals, she even arranged to meet a baking blogger named Joy in real life at her house, where they baked apple-cider doughnuts together.