Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence speak frankly on friendship amid Hollywood’s gender pressure

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Nicole Economos

As far as celebrity friendship go, the quirky bond between Hollywood funny ladies Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence looms near the top of our list.

And the pair began their friendship in one of the most millennial ways possible, bonding over text message after their mutual co-star Woody Harrelson (Lawrence in The Hunger Games and Stone in Zombieland) gave Stone Lawrence’s number.

“She texted me that she got my number from Woody,” Lawrence says in Vanity Fair in her recent cover story interview. “I replied, F— off!’ And we’ve been really good friends ever since.”

Following her mock-aggression, the pair’s friendship has followed what Lawrence labelled their “version of The Notebook– 365 days”. But Stone revealed in the interview that the competitive pressure aimed at women in the industry did impact on their relationship at first, with the 28-year-old feeling a little bit insecure about their professional similarities.

Stone wrote in an email to Vanity Fair, “There was definitely a time early on when I was like, ‘Oh hey my ego is going nuts, she’s so great and vibrant and talented. I’m screwed, I’ll never work again, goodbye yellow brick road.’ Then I chilled the f— out—and remembered we’re completely different and there is room for everyone, even if it’s an industry that doesn’t really seem to support that idea up front.”

“We both really do love each other and care about each other as people, beyond being actors. I support her completely when it comes to work and I feel the same from her, but I know we’d be friends even if we didn’t do the same job.”

Lawrence, who supported Stone at the La La Land premiere, added, “If I wasn’t her biggest fan, I would’ve Tonya Harding’d her in the kneecaps.”

“I don’t know what I would be without acting. So if there is someone who loves the same thing, it should bring us closer. But it depends on how that person is, and Emma is so normal and lovely.”
Stone’s fears are not unfounded, with Hollywood actresses grossly pitted against each other given the lack of roles within the industry. A study conducted annually by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism revealed that in the top 100 grossing films of 2015, only 31.4 per cent of women held a speaking role. The study also found only 32 per cent of women were depicted as the lead or co-lead, and 30.2 per cent wore sexually revealing clothing in comparison to the 7.7 per cent male statistic.

Lawrence may soon be in a position to improve these statistics, with the Oscar-winning star revealing her other industry ambition is to move into directing. The Joy actress said “the directing bug” hit her two years after the acting bug, but she has not had time to better herself in the craft. When she does, Lawrence will again be battling against Hollywood’s gender disparity – only 7.5 per cent of directors in 2015’s top 100 films were female.

But the star, who took out Forbes highest paid actress for the second year in a row ($62.2 million), will likely continue to try break boundaries telling Vanity Fair, “I don’t like waking up with nothing to do or going to sleep without accomplishing anything.”

 

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