In a few months’ time (on 6th November, to be precise), actress Emma Stone will turn 30. If her latest cover profile for US Elle’s September issue, in which the La La Land star is interviewed by fellow actress and close friend Jennifer Lawrence, is anything to go by, she’s been dedicating plenty of time to thinking about this upcoming birthday: not just thinking, but, in her own words, ‘ruminating.’ Happily, her ruminations are almost entirely positive, with the star emphasising how the advent of this milestone has caused her to think deeply about her career choices – and to embrace the importance of friendship even further.
Looking back on a period that started with a breakout role in Superbad and finished with an Academy Award win and the lead role in a new Netflix show, Maniac, the actress mused: ‘My twenties were a really interesting time, and there’s been a lot that has happened in these past 10 years, both positive and not as positive.’ Now, with a new decade ahead of her, Emma believes that she’s able to view her career choices with a greater clarity. ‘It’s weird how much turning 30 crystallizes your life.,’ she said. ‘Instead of just living the dreams that I had in my youth and getting to do the job that I love to do and making friends and going through all of that, it’s like, “Now what do I actively want as an adult?” It’s been an interesting thing to ruminate on.’ Indeed, Emma's career appears to be going from strength to strength right now: as well as Maniac, which will land on Netflix next month, she'll soon appear in The Favourite, an absurdist black comedy from cult director Yorgos Lanthimos that's already generating awards buzz, and has signed up for Greta Gerwig's ridiculously star-studded Little Women adaptation.
Along with her Elle interviewer Jennifer Lawrence, Emma’s high-profile friendship circle includes the likes of Brie Larson (who has previously told Vanity Fair that their friendship ‘saved [her] life’ at a pivotal point in her career) and Taylor Swift. With 30 on the horizon, she’s now even more acutely aware of the importance of having a great support network. ‘I think friendship is pretty much everything,’ she told Jennifer. ‘Here’s another turning-30 thing I’ve realized: You pick your family. You realize that your friendships, the people who go with you into these next phases of your life – you’re choosing your family.’
The narrative around friendship in your thirties isn’t always this positive: it often focuses instead on how diverging commitments and concerns - anything from differing relationship statuses to busy work schedules to childcare - can cause divides to open up. So, it's certainly refreshing to read Emma's more optimistic take, re-emphasising the benefits of surrounding yourself with the right people. Though our own friendship circles are probably a little less starry, it's definitely something to bear in mind next time you're about to flake on plans...
Look back at Emma Stone's style evolution in the gallery below...
Young Hollywood Awards, April 27th 2008.
Young Emma wore a purple sleeveless dress with silver heels.