Academy Award winning actress Emma Stone She may be best known for her unique comedic roles, but she’ll soon break out of the box with her wildest, most engaging performance yet as Frankenstein’s greatest creation in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor things. The latest and perhaps most fantastically elegant take on the classic Mary Shelley story has captured the attention of many ahead of its release this fall, and in an exclusive interview with Empire, Lanthimos gives intriguing details about his experience working with Emma Stone, bringing her character to life in every sense of the word, and just how talented she is. significantly.

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Poor things is the latest film from director Yorgos Lanthimos, who previously worked with Stone on his dark comedy Favorite, which earned her an Oscar nod for her performance. His other incredibly creative projects such as crayfish (2015) and Kill a sacred deer (2017) attracted some of the greatest acting talent in the industry, from Nicole Kidman to Olivia Colman to Colin Farrell. It could be Poor things This gives Lanthimos the biggest spotlight yet, but he wants to share it with everyone who helped shape his vision, most notably Emma Stone.

She plays Bella Baxter, the deceased daughter of Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe) who is brought back to life by his scientific prowess. As a resurrected corpse with the mind of a young child, she quickly seeks to learn about the world around her, while being protected by Godwin. However, she decides to break free with the help of Duncan Wederbaum (Mark Ruffalo), a slick lawyer and debauchery, who helps her travel the world to experience all it has to offer, uniquely free from the prejudice of the times because she desires equality. And absolute liberation.

Lanthimos pays tribute to Stone’s captivating revival of Bella Baxter

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Director Lanthimos described in his interview with Empire how he and Stone worked through the process of bringing Bella to life in a totally unique yet relatable way, helping the actress step out of her comfort zone to understand how to embody such a character.

“It’s all instinct in creating this creature, which is unlike anything I’ve seen before… Sometimes Emma goes, ‘I don’t know what the hell I’m doing — is that okay?’ And sometimes I don’t even know, so we try different things. To be honest, I’m amazed with her… Later, when I was editing the movie, I would sometimes text her and say, ‘I don’t know how she does this. This is incredible.’ There’s a little magic going on.”

Stone herself thanked Lanthimos for guiding her through the entire experience, for having so many familiar faces around her that she had worked with before, and feeling she was free to “make mistakes” among friends rather than complete strangers.

“The two of us were very synonymous all the time. And I was always able to rely on him to be a barometer…I was with people I loved and trusted, and I felt like I could make mistakes and play…he was very vulnerable and shaming in obvious ways. I think that’s what I love about the job.” With Yorgos again and again.”

Poor things It comes to theaters everywhere on September 8th. Watch the latest trailer for the movie below.


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