Emma Stone Turned Down Ghostbusters Because It Wasn’t the Right Time

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Emma Stone. Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

In a cover story for Wall Street Journal Magazine, Emma Stone discusses everything from Andrew Garfield and Woody Allen to the Sony hacks and her panic attacks as a youngster without acting in her life. Perhaps most interesting, though, she gives writer Josh Eells a comment about the Ghostbusters rumors and why she ultimately turned the film down. "The script was really funny," she says. "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." The 26-year-old actress added that she's just come off a big year — which is why she's back in California to chill for a bit — and would be into playing a villain, or something less chill, sometime soon. Cool.

Here are some other highlights from the interview.

On her panic attacks and why acting helped:

The first time I had a panic attack I was sitting in my friend’s house, and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just would not stop. I would go to the nurse at lunch most days and just wring my hands. I would ask my mom to tell me exactly how the day was going to be, then ask again 30 seconds later. I just needed to know that no one was going to die and nothing was going to change. ... There’s something about the immediacy of acting. ... You can’t afford to think about a million other things. You have to think about the task at hand. Acting forces me to sort of be like a Zen master: What is happening right in this moment?

On her (questionable?) relationship with Garfield:

[I]t’s so special to me that it never feels good to talk about, so I just continually don’t talk about it.

On her reaction to the Sony hacking scandal:

I did one of the worst things ever, which was react really quickly. ... I was getting all these emails and texts from people I didn’t know — ‘Hi, I’m Joe from the U.K. I like your movies’ — and I was so overwhelmed that I went to my in-box and I deleted all my emails. In about a 30-second span, I hit ‘Select All’ and ‘Delete Forever,’ and thousands of emails, like six years of emails, are now gone forever. I was just so freaked out that someone was in there. ... It was horrible. I cried for like an hour. Most of the emails I’m mourning I can still talk to the person and get them back. But there’s others where the person is actually gone. It really sucks.

On working with Woody Allen:

It’s terrifying. ... He doesn’t do table reads or any rehearsal. You can’t even ask questions about your character, because he’ll be like: ‘You know this is a movie, right?’

Here's the full story, which also includes fun bits about Bill Murray and Damien Chazelle's La La Land.