Check out Emma and Andrew’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” interview with USA Weekend along with their outtakes:
As adolescents, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone struggled to overcome external obstacles: his face-covering eczema, her horrific acne, his parents’ mandate that he study business, her frustration with traditional schooling.
Now, years and accolades later, they’re set to revisit the transformational teen years playing Peter Parker and his first love, Gwen Stacy, in The Amazing Spider-Man. The latest interpretation of the webslinger’s story, out July 3, pits heart-wrenching growing pains against Parker’s mysterious lineage, a hostile police chief and the diabolical Lizard.
“This is why I love Peter Parker so much,” says Garfield, 28. “The struggle of when you feel stronger on the inside than in fact you literally are on the outside. … It was the same struggle I had.”
On a rainy day in New York City, Garfield and Stone sniffle with colds. Armed with antibiotics and their senses of humor, the real-life couple race through cultural references (Beatles to Bridesmaids), curious musings (“Do you see blue the way I see blue?”) and lighthearted teasing (“What was I saying?” “Just something incredibly uninteresting.”)
When Garfield orders soy milk with his latte, he grimaces. “Sorry, I just discovered I am lactose-intolerant. I am not the pretentious person who asks for soy.”
It may be clear to him that he is not that guy now, but while growing up in London, Garfield had little idea who he was or what he wanted.
“My plan was no plan,” says Garfield, whose father was a swim coach and mother a teaching assistant. “I was a gymnast and a swimmer, and my dad said to do business, and so I did. But I was in the wrong room with all of it.”
That phrase — “the wrong room” — comes from a talk that resonated with Garfield, in which a failing student is taken from the classroom and left alone in a room. She begins to dance, and discovering her calling, eventually becomes a renowned choreographer. She had just been learning, as he puts it, “in the wrong room.”