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Emma Stone embraces her spunky character Gwen Stacy

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 heroine Emma Stone on the element of surprise.

If there was one thing actress Emma Stone absolutely detests, it would be weight training. The affable actress was nursing a sore throat when she spoke to Star2 in Singapore recently. “I don’t have a lot of physical strength so the idea of lifting weights makes me want to strangle somebody. It just makes me so crazy,” said Stone, 25.

To prepare for her role as Gwen Stacy in the first installment of The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Stone went through a gruelling weight training routine. She explained her loathing for it: “I didn’t respond well to it because I absolutely hate having to do for the sake of it.”

However, her green eyes lit up when she talked about her routine for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. “That’s what is great about this new movie – I got to do dance training which was really cool. It was a blast to be able to elongate your body and swing in amazing ways.”

Stone returns in the movie as Gwen Stacy, a high school valedictorian who gets caught up in Spider-Man’s world as his love interest. When Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) is not busy chasing Russian mobsters through New York or fighting off Oscorp’s latest mutation, he is by Gwen’s side as Peter Parker.

However, being Spider-Man will eventually take a toll on the couple’s relationship.

“Gwen has an understanding that Peter needs to be Spider-Man and he needs to be a hero. While Mary Jane Watson is in love with Spider-Man first and Peter after that, Gwen falls in love with Peter first.”

The brainy beauty is also far from being just another damsel in distress. In the previous installment, Spider-Man defeated his opponent with Gwen’s help. For The Amazing Spider-Man 2, don’t expect Gwen to stand by as just another face in the crowd.

“Yes, I’m very excited about that. She definitely finds a way to infiltrate in what he is doing, to help,” she said with a laugh.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also stars Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro and Paul Giamatti as Rhino. Stone relished the opportunity to work with some of the most critically-acclaimed actors in Hollywood.

Pure heroine: Emma Stone says her character Gwen Stacy falls in love with Peter Parker as himself, instead of Spider-Man.

“It’s a dream to be able to work with people who are also teaching you. You have to rise meet to the occasion to grow and learn. I always thought that getting to all this movies is like a masterclass. You can’t get this experience in drama school or scene study class. It’s a whole other experience.”

Stone also said co-star Garfield is “an amazing Spider-Man”. “He’s so prepared and he knows so much about the character. It’s embedded in him to do what Spider-Man can do. So it’s really cool.”

Though most would associate Mary Jane as Spider-Man’s heroine, Gwen is one of the most important characters in the comic book universe. Her fate in the comic books had an incredible impact on Spider-Man’s life. She talked about why she wants the film to honour the comic book storyline, particularly issue #121.

“I think it’s incredibly important. It’s hugely impactful in Peter’s life and what happens with him as a hero. It’s a devastating and really iconic moment in comic book history. I want to do that for the lovers of the Spider-Man comics.”

She added: “Before I auditioned for Gwen, I googled her and it was pretty much the first thing you see. I was just like ‘oh God, that’s crazy!’. I can only imagine what it was like for people reading the story when issue #121 first came out. It must have been the most shocking thing.”

Still, Stone hopes audience will be able to watch the movie and experience the same feeling of shock that comic readers had back when the original story debuted in 1973.

“I’m very protective of people understanding that it’s not necessarily what is going to occur in the movie. I want the element of surprise to remain intact.”

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