Emma Stone reveals Help book pressure

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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 23rd, 2011

Emma Stone felt "pressured" for 'The Help' to do well because it is based on her mother's favourite book.

The 22-year-old actress plays Eugenia 'Skeeter' Phelan' in the forthcoming movie, which is based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel and admits the fact people are such fans of the literary work raises expectations which she had to force herself to ignore.

She said: "There's an extra-weight of responsibility [because the book is so popular]. To make matters worse, it's my mom's favourite book. That's the definition of pressure, right there.

"But you have to put all this aside and forget about the millions of people out there waiting to say, 'Huh, I didn't see Skeeter like that! Why didn't they get X to play the role?' If you obsess about what these people might think, you'd never get out of bed."

Despite the expectations, Emma enjoyed filming the movie and says she learned a lot from her co-stars, including viola Davis and Jessica Chastain.

She said: "I learned so much from the other cast members. I've only been acting for five years so when I'm around more experienced actors, I feel like a sponge, just soaking up whatever I can from them.

"With 'The Help' I think one of the reasons we had such fun filming was because we were surrounded by women and didn't have to worry about how we looked to men."