Emma Stone never expected to get Help

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A 2011 dramedy that depicts a Mississippi town's experience adjusting to the changing times of the 60's. Emma Stone plays a southern girl who returns from college determined to become a writer. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan causes quite the stir when she decides to interview black women in the community who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Though some of her closest friendships hang in the balance, Skeeter is unwilling to give up on her new endeavor, and soon more women come forward to tell their stories. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say about it. In addition to Emma Stone, "The Help" stars Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Chris Lowell, Sissy Spacek & Octavia Spencer.
October 2nd, 2011

Emma Stone was surprised she was cast in 'The Help'.

The 'Easy A' actress portrays journalist Eugenia Phelan in the Tate Taylor-directed drama about a young white woman who befriends two black maids during the 1960s Civil Rights campaign in the US, and she admits she was shocked to have been offered the leading part.

She said: "The job came in and I was like, 'I've got to do this.' I didn't think they'd actually take a chance on me. I never think that.

"It's so exciting when it happens and I'm never ready and I'm never prepared and I can't ever play it - but I try. But the thing is, it didn't feel any different than doing a comedy. I credit a lot of that to Tate Taylor, the director. He was always having fun and being goofy."

The 22-year-old star particularly enjoyed shooting the film in the summer of 2010 because it felt like a "camp".

She joked to Empire magazine: "We had a great summer. It was like we made a movie while we were at camp. In the middle of Mississippi having block parties and riding bikes to each other's houses. It was the best possible experience to delve into someone else."