Emma Stone is a master of transformation.
The 27-year-old actress has already proven that she can take on any role on the big screen, from comedy to drama, and in the November issue of Vogue, she completely changes her look by rocking a fierce pixie cut. Stone also shows off her abs in a striped cropped sweater, wearing minimal makeup to highlight her natural freckles and famously expressive eyes.
In the candid interview, Stone talks about her highly anticipated film, La La Land, in which she stars with her good friend, Ryan Gosling. The old-fashioned musical is already getting plenty of Oscar buzz, including praise for Stone's performance as aspiring actress Mia.
"It was nice to be friends with the person you're doing all this crazy stuff with -- learning to ballroom dance or sing duets live," Stone says about pairing up with Gosling for the third time after 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love. and 2013's Gangster Squad.
Not surprisingly, her role had her thinking about her own ascent in Hollywood, particularly, the time when she was just another one of many attempting to make it in show business. Stone admits she still worries that a few missteps in her career will put her back to her days of selling dog treats for a living.
"You always feel a little bit like that," she says. "That you could again be an outsider, that something could make people never want to hire you again."
Though if we're judging by her career so far, Stone has nothing to worry about. The actress has already been nominated for an Oscar for her role in 2014's Birdman, and her projects have largely been both critical and financial successes. Her next project is Battle of the Sexes, in which she plays tennis legend Billie Jean King, who fought for gender equality. The role is timely, given all the talk about the gender wage gap in Hollywood, which her friend, Jennifer Lawrence, has been outspoken about.
Stone says she's been getting equal pay with her A-list male costars in her past few films -- which aside from La La Land with Gosling, includes Battle of the Sexes with Steve Carell, and Aloha with Bradley Cooper. Still, she admits she still felt "uncomfortable" talking to her agent about being paid fairly.
"We should all be treated fairly and paid fairly," Stones stresses. "I've been lucky enough to have equal pay to my male costars -- Not 'lucky.' I've had pay equal to my male costars in the past few films."
"But our industry ebbs and flows in a way that's like, 'How much are you bringing into the box office?' 'How much are you the draw or is the other person the draw?'" she continues. "I felt uncomfortable talking to my agent or lawyer about it because I was like, 'Do people want to see me as much as they want to see Steve Carell?' It's a weird conversation to have because it's trying to see oneself from the outside."
As for her personal life, the notoriously private Stone acknowledges she split from Andrew Garfield after four years of dating, but the two remain close. Tellingly, Stone refers to her Amazing Spider-Man co-star as "someone I still love very much."
In August, Stone and 33-year-old Garfield reunited for a cute stroll in London after breaking up last year, both wearing big smiles on their faces.