'The Help' Star Emma Stone Welcomes Meatier Roles (PHOTOS)
PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Emma Stone has revealed how she was attracted to new film The Help because it offered her a much meatier role than those usually available to young Hollywood starlets.
The 22-year-old - who also appears alongside Andrew Garfield in the upcoming big budget Spider-Man remake - plays an ambitious writer who decides to document the experiences of black maids in 1960s Mississippi.
Speaking at a drinks reception ahead of the film's London premiere, Stone said: "I like any role that feels human and alive and not just the girl or the comedic relief or something boxed in and stereotyped.
"It was really great that I not just wanted to be part of the movie, but got to be a part of it."
The red-haired star, wearing a beaded white polka dot dress, also revealed her character's corkscrew curls were thanks to a well-woven wig.
"I put it on in the morning and I took it off at the end of the night," Stone added. "My hair is stick, stick straight and I look like a drowned rat in humidity, so I was actually really appreciative of those curls."
She said of shooting the film: "It was just really amazing. We were filming in Mississippi and it felt like the least movie-ish set that I've ever been on, everybody was working towards a common goal.
"It felt like that on Spider-Man too, but it just was a totally different kind of film."
The Help, an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name, has already proved a critical and commercial success in the US.
But Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis, who plays a quietly courageous black housekeeper in the film, said she did not realise it was going to be a hit.
"I was just motivated by fear and nerves and I was the neurotic acting student again, driving (director) Tate Taylor crazy, but hoping that people would see what I saw when I first read the script, which was the richness and the complexities of the characters," she said.
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