Emma Stone Interview For ‘The Croods’
‘The Croods’ is a 3D comedy adventure that follows the world’s first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures – and their outlook is changed forever. In the film, Emma Stone voices Eep, the families rebellious teenager who’s trying to drag her family kicking and screaming into the future. Her nagging feeling that there might be more to life outside the family cave is confirmed when the Croods embark on their journey. Written and directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps), ‘The Croods’ also features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke. Look out for the film from March 22nd.
After all of your work on this film voicing your character Eep, how was it for you watching it back for the first time with all of the animation finished?
Emma Stone: That was incredible, it was amazing. I think ‘The Croods’ has elements of all of all of my favourite movies, which is that it’s not just funny and it’s not just heartbreaking, it takes you on a journey throughout the entire film. I cried watching it (laughs), and I laughed, and I just went along for the ride and enjoyed myself the entire time. Throughout recording it you come in and you’re doing different things on different days, and then when you see how everything plays out in the end you realise that the messages – which there are many in the film – stick with you after the fact, but you’re not sitting there watching it thinking about the “themes”, you’re sitting there enjoying this family. I loved that. It’s different than any other animated movie that I’ve seen, in a sense that it feels so true to life the whole entire time – even though we are in the Stone Age (laughs).
How was it for you voicing Eep, recording an entire performance and character off camera?
Emma Stone: What I loved about playing Eep was when I first went in, I’d done a lot of ADR work on my movies like ‘Easy A,’ movies with narration, so I thought it was going to be like that – I’ll just read my lines and play the character in that way. Then I realised, as time went on, that there was so much physicality involved – you really are playing an animated character. And that was the most ideal situation ever, because I come from improv and sketch comedy, I always want to go bigger and bigger and bigger. And with something like ‘The Croods,’ or a character like Eep, you can’t go “too big”. So being able to run and jump and climb, all of the physicality that comes with playing an animated character, I didn’t realise at the beginning that I would get to experience that. It really is just like playing another character, it’s not like ADR at all. It was such a blast. Playing Eep was one of the most fun things I’ve ever got to do.
And playing a character who’s so adventurous and wide-eyed, that must have added to that experience….?
Emma Stone: Oh God, yes (laughs)! It was really fun playing a character who’s in that phase of being so wide-eyed, that the world has so much to offer – not that I don’t still feel that way (laughs). But it was different, having someone who believes you can jump on the sun and ride it to tomorrow, and believe that that is going to work – that’s an amazing ambition to get into (laughs). I wish I could take her strength, that would be unbelievable. I break my body when I try to do anything (laughs).
What was it about Eep’s personality and journey in the story that appealed to you?
Emma Stone: I really like her rebelliousness and her strength physically – in that she can just throw people over her shoulder (laughs). There was a lot I could relate to, a part from the strength aspect (laughs). Eep knows what she wants out of life, she really wants to live. I think a lot of teenagers and young people can relate to that, in wanting to break out of the mold of their family and to follow their own path. She’s a really good example of that. Eep is the eldest daughter of the Croods and her personality is that she doesn’t want to be stuck in this cave any more, she really really wants to follow the sun. She loves the light, and her family hate the dark. And with Eep, I think she’s less scared of the dark than she is of not following the light. So she sees fire one night, not knowing what it is, thinking it’s a tiny sun, and she chases it. And ‘The Croods,’ it’s about living and not just surviving, that’s sort of Eep’s ethos, and I love that.
Look out for another interview with Emma Stone for ‘The Croods’ closer to the release of the film.
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