Warning: This article contains potential spoilers for 'The Amazing Spider-Man' sequel.
She may be a goofball at heart, "Saturday Night Live" aficionado, and devotee to comedy legends like Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, and Gilda Radner, but don't underestimate Emma Stone's darker side.
In a recent piece in Interview magazine, Stone chatted with director and writer Cameron Crowe (currently prepping to work together on an untitled film) about everything from how she defines summer, to her changing hair colour, to bad auditions, to starting her TV career under the name Riley Stone (fun fact: her real name is Emily!).
But the most intriguing parts of the interview deal with the actress's thoughts on the sadder, scarier, more traumatic moments of life. Like her first heartbreak when she was 14, which sounds more like a horror movie than the teen comedies that gave Stone her big break.
"I was crawling on the floor. I remember throwing up ... I have never felt anything quite like that. It was so visceral. It's like someone has killed you and you have to live through it and watch it happen," she said, before adding that she eventually recovered. "It's weird when you can't make yourself cry with the same things anymore."
To Crowe, heartbreak means plenty of material for movie-making. "Creatively, do you think it's true or false that many of the artists who we know and love are often governed by a single event that happens in their life, and that event then becomes this vivid, iconic thing they return to over and over in their work?" he asked.
"One-hundred percent true. There is a moment that keeps coming back over and over throughout my life," replied 23-year-old Stone, adding that this specific moment happened when she was six years old. "It's the thing that I return to when I'm making a decision out of fear. Anything that I'm doing out of fear is defined by that moment."
And while she's known for her quirky Girl-Next-Door characters in "Superbad" and "Easy A," her more recent projects are taking her to much bleaker roads, such as a live reading of Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" with Jason Reitman and Paul Rudd, in which she played the depressive Fran.
"Fran, though, is one of the saddest characters that I have ever read. She is suicidal the whole movie. She's trying to kill herself the whole time," Stone said, later commenting that she hopes her character Gwen Stacy in "The Amazing Spider-Man" and the upcoming sequel will meet an untimely end, staying true to the comic series.
"She snaps her neck because Spider-Man shoots a web out to save her, so in trying to save the person he loves, he kills her," she said, describing the plot of the comics. "That's life for you, man."
If there's one thing this interview proves, it's that Stone still has many facets of her personality to show the world.