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Emma Stone Was “So in My Head and So Tense and Anxious,” and Comedy Came to the Rescue

Emma Stone Was “So in My Head and So Tense and Anxious,” and Comedy Came to the Rescue: Stefania D'Alessandro / Getty

Stefania D'Alessandro / Getty

During a Hollywood Reporter roundtable of Oscar actresses this week, Emma Stone said watching John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles as a kid helped her climb out of her own intense self-consciousness. “There is one scene in that movie that just changed my life, which is the chatty Cathy scene, because comedy means everything to me. [John Candy’s] depth… he just breaks your heart. He makes you laugh and he does it all so beautifully.”

Here’s that scene, where Del Griffith (Candy) responds to being called a Chatty Cathy doll by Neal Page (Steve Martin):

Emma says she doesn’t necessarily prefer acting in comedies, but “I think comedy saved me as a kid, because I was so in my head and so tense and anxious. Comedy changed everything for me. Watching comedy and seeing Steve Martin in The Jerk or John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles—that opened up the world to me.”

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is all about traveling home for Thanksgiving, so today is the perfect time to watch it. Thanks for reminding us, Emma! And if that one leaves you hungry for more Thanksgiving fare, check out our seasonal movie guide.

Emma Stone’s next movie is the musical La La Land, which comes out December 9 and is considered an Oscar frontrunner. If you prefer her comedic side, check her out on Saturday Night Live next week.

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