Emma Stone can relate to her La La Land character’s experience of “rejection”. The 27-year-old actress plays the part of Mia, an aspiring actress and playwright, in the Damien Chapelle-directed movie – alongside Ryan Gosling – and can relate to the devastating experience of being turned down for movie roles in auditions.
In an interview with Backstage magazine, she said: “Obviously, I relate to Mia in quite a few ways. Auditioning, that kind of rejection, I went through three years of that – not six (like Mia), but I knew that world and what that felt like.”
The Crazy, Stupid Love star doesn’t understand why filmmakers choose auditioning to pick their cast because she feels once you start shooting a film it’s a very “different” job.
She added: “Auditioning is the difference between being a good test-taker and being a good student. You could be a great student who, under pressure, is gonna fail on the test. I don’t know how people can (cast) from auditions – it feels so different once you’re actually on a set than it did in the audition.”
Stone previously admitted she relished the role because she felt able to identify with her on-screen character.
She said: “I definitely understood the feeling of moving to Los Angeles and having a dream to be an actor in films and to get to be a part of things that I loved and inspire people in some way. It’s pretty insane that we’re talking about this movie and it’s something that I’m so proud and excited to be a part of, when that is the goal of the character, is to be a part of something like this.”