For the September issue of Elle, Jennifer Lawrence interviewed Emma Stone.
Sounds awesome, right? But quell your excitement — it is not that great. In fact, after reading the story, lots of people on Twitter had the same visceral reaction I did: What even am I actually reading?
The problem: Celebrities take great pains to prove their relatability — that under all the fame and fortune, they're *just like us*. And when celebrity friends interview each other, they prove that they really *are* just like us — which isn't always a good thing.
Just like real people in conversation, Lawrence and Stone tend to fall into casual, meaningless banter. The conversation goes in circles. There's more of Jennifer (the interviewer) than her subject. There are one-word answers. At times, it seems less like an article and more like a transcript of their brunch — and Twitter is like, "What on earth is happening?"
I also have to wonder if they are even that close, since Lawrence seems to always forget that Stone won an Oscar...
Jennifer: We were talking one night and I was, like, passionately speaking about something and said, “Emily [Emma], you’ve been nominated for two Academy Awards!” And she goes, “Jen, I won.” And I was like, “You did?!”
[Both say "Congratulations!"]
Emma: She was one of the first people to reach out to me when it happened, but she just blocked it out. You had to block it out.
Then there's this quote taken directly from the piece...
Jennifer: On another note: You have a beautiful voice, but you hate to sing.
This interview sometimes made people wonder whether the two had even *met* before.
Jennifer: Okay, so you do like to sing. Do you like to dance?
Emma: I love to dance.
Jennifer: Really? God, you and I couldn’t be more different. Why do you like to dance?
Emma: Because it’s the most fun thing in the world.
Even when Stone tried to steer the interview somewhere, Lawrence just kind of re-centered the conversation about herself.
Jennifer: It’s so much more helpful to talk about your life in a realistic way instead of having these false realities. Like, if I look skinny in a dress, that’s probably because I was watching what I ate. I didn’t eat a whole pizza and fit into a size 2! [Stone laughs.] I find it irritating when people make their lives look perfect. I remember when you were first talking about anxiety and reading that and being like, “Me too.” And then I didn’t feel like such an asshole for bringing it up. You look at the world realistically.
Emma: You do.
Jennifer: You do.
Emma: You do! Let’s just say “You do” until the end of time, and that’ll be the whole article.
The lesson here is that if celebrities don't want to do interviews — as Stone allegedly did not — they really shouldn't have to.
Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence are actresses. Their job is to act, and they're good at it. Let them do that. The reason why celebrity interviews are interesting when they are is because they're conducted by someone who is removed and detached from them on a personal level. They can ask questions about their life and craft that they know the public will be interested in.
This simply shows that when two celebrity friends interview each other, the entire setup is an inside joke that we, the readers, are left out of. And that's no fun.