June 9th, 2011
02:44 PM ET
Emma Stone may have played an outsider in “Easy A,” but the actress says that in real life, she didn't feel out of place growing up.
“I sucked my thumb until I was 11, so I had this expander in,” she reveals in the July issue of Elle magazine. “I was a good-looking kid. I never felt, like, dorky. I was just like, ‘Yup, these are my braces. I’ve had them forever.’”
The 22-year-old says she strives to be just as relatable on-screen.
“I like to look like a person,” she tells Elle. “It drives me crazy when you see women in movies playing teachers, and they have biceps. It totally takes me out of the movie. I start thinking, Wow, that actress playing this part really looks great!”
Stone's career has taken off in the past few years, with this summer's turn as Skeeter Phelan in the anticipated adaptation to the best-selling novel, “The Help,” on top of landing the part of Gwen Stacy in the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” alongside Andrew Garfield.
“It’s so funny how different life could have been,” she says of how far she's come. “I went to so many auditions. I remember my audition for ‘Heroes.’ I went in right after Hayden Panettiere. Now here we are in this rented house. It feels like it just happened.”
But as open as she is about her day job, she’s not as forthcoming about her fizzled romance with Kieran Culkin, although she does say that she hasn't given up hope on finding love. Although it feels like celebrity relationships seem to come stamped with a swift expiration date, she’s looking on the bright side.
“There’s a fair amount that do work,” she tells Elle. “I’m optimistic.”
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