Emma as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man.
14. Her husky vocal quality—one of her signatures—is not, as she sometimes jokes, a result of having smoked at the age of four. Rather, she was an extremely colicky baby. “My mom dealt with a screaming baby 24 hours a day for the first six months of my life,” she revealed last year. “I screamed myself hoarse every day and developed nodules as an infant. So I have calluses on my vocal cords, which makes me lose my voice all the time and makes doing something like screaming in a scene, over and over, really rough…. But yeah, I’ve sounded like this since I was a kid.” Ouch!
15. Though she definitely made a splash in films like Superbad, The House Bunny, and Zombieland, it was 2010’s riff on The Scarlet Letter, Easy A, that really got her on the map. That year, she won both the MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance and the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Romantic Comedy, and she was nominated for five more awards—one of which was the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy!
16. After spending roughly six years in LA, she moved to New York in 2009. She lives in Greenwich Village in Manhattan with boyfriend and Spider-Man co-star Andrew Garfield, in case you want to go stalk her. (Kidding! We don’t condone stalking here at BettyConfidential!)
17. One of Emma’s biggest dreams for years was to host Saturday Night Live (her inspirations include Gilda Radner’s old SNL sketches). She has since made that dream come true not once, but twice. Mission accomplished!
18. She considers Zombieland to be the first film where she played a woman, as opposed to a girl. Maybe it had something to do with all the action sequences? Zombie apocalypses make you grow up fast!
19. Emma works quite frequently with director Will Gluck. After Easy A, she went on to do Friends With Benefits with him, and the two of them have another untitled flick in the works for Screen Gems right now. When you find people with whom you collaborate well, hang onto those relationships.
Emma as Skeeter Phelan in The Help. Crazy wig!
20. She worked really hard to nail her Southern accent for The Help. In addition to employing a dialect coach, she made sure to read up and watch up to prepare for the role. “I’ve just ordered a Martin Luther King Jr. biography to read, a book on Jim Crow laws, and I’m catching on up all the classic Mississippi movies, such as Mississippi Burning and the 1978 TV miniseries King. Even Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” she told the Wall Street Journal right before the film went into production.
21. Emma wasn’t too familiar with the Spider-Man mythos before getting cast in The Amazing Spider-Man. Her experience of the story had mostly been through the Sam Raimi films starring Tobey Maguire, and as such, she had always assumed that Mary Jane had been Peter Parker’s first love. We don’t know about you, but we’re glad to see the story bring back Gwen Stacy—we can’t wait to see what Emma does with the character!
22. Though she comes from an improv background, Emma’s more recent films have been more structured. Subsequently, improv actually kind of makes her nervous now. “It makes me sad—it’s like a muscle you kind of have to keep exercising,” she’s said. “To be on a stage or in a setting where you do improve is getting scarier for me now.” Don’t worry, Emma! We believe in you!
23. Wondering what the story is behind that tattoo on Emma’s left wrist? As she told David Letterman in 2010 right before she got it, here you go: “[My mom and I have] never gotten tattoos before and probably never will again, but her favorite song is “Blackbird”… And two years ago tomorrow she got diagnosed with breast cancer, and she’s out of the woods now, which is amazing…. I wrote a letter to Paul McCartney asking him if he would draw two little bird feet – because he wrote the song – and yesterday he sent them to me.” Best. Tattoo story. Ever.
24. Emma is a huge iCarly fan. Perhaps it was therefore unsurprising that she made a cameo recently in the show’s last season. Good sport!
25. What’s next for Emma? Plenty! The has not one, not two, but three films currently in post-production: The Gangster Squad with Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, and Sean Penn, a comedy anthology called Movie 43, and The Croods, an animated film to which she’ll lend her distinctive voice. She’s also shooting Little White Corvette in Miami this year. Onwards and upwards!
Be sure to catch The Amazing Spider-Man in cinemas this weekend!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.