Emma Stone stars in the quirky comedy 'Paper Man' as a high schooler who loves to set trash cans on fire and who befriends a failed novelist (Jeff Daniels) with an imaginary friend.

The good and sane news is that Stone shares none of those eccentric qualities. The 21-year-old actually preferred to be homeschooled, never played with fire, and acts out fantasy friends rather than imagining them.

Despite having a personality she describes as cautious, she was fearless enough to jump into the frigid waters of Montauk in the middle of November for a scene in the film. But Stone's ultimate risk was seven years ago, when she presented her parents with a Power Point pitch to move to Hollywood.

Read the interview after the jump. Emma Stone stars in the quirky comedy 'Paper Man' (which opens this weekend) as a high schooler who loves to set trash cans on fire and who befriends a failed novelist (Jeff Daniels) with an imaginary friend.

The good and sane news is that Stone shares none of those eccentric qualities. The 21-year-old actually preferred to be homeschooled, never played with fire, and acts out fantasy friends rather than imagining them.

Despite having a personality she describes as cautious, she was fearless enough to jump into the frigid waters of Montauk in the middle of November for a scene in the film. But Stone's ultimate risk was seven years ago, when she presented her parents with a Power Point pitch to move to Hollywood.

Is it true you created a Power Point presentation for your parents to let you move to Los Angeles?
I put it together when I was 14 to convince my parents to let me move to L.A. It had worked out well because a couple of years before I had tried to convince my parents to homeschool me and I did a presentation with really old school boards. And so a couple of years later when Power Point came around I did it with that. It's easy to do; you just drag clip art. The gist of it was, "just please let me move to L.A. to be an actress." I had 'Hollywood,' a classic at the time by Madonna, as the soundtrack. There was no metaphor there; it was very literal. I really was a forward thinker.

In 'Paper Man' your character is a pyromaniac setting fire to crash cans. Have you ever done that in real life?

No, I did not. I was a pretty cautious kid. I still am cautious about stuff so no pyromania for me. Those scenes setting fire to the trash can are always so set up because they need to keep everything safe so it wasn't too scary.

Your co-star Jeff Daniels' character has an imaginary superhero friend, Captain Excellent. Did you have imaginary friends growing up?

I didn't have any imaginary friends but I was very hammy and theatrical. I was always kind of outgoing and playing characters but I never really created one outside myself. Maybe I always wanted one so I became an actor. I was my own imaginary friend! I was cloning myself.


Hunter Parrish plays your boyfriend in 'Paper Man.' Were you a 'Weeds' fan?
I've seen a couple of episodes but not enough to call myself a 'Weeds' head, or a pothead for that matter! He's so great. He's like the sweetest guy in the world.

What was it like shooting the film in Montauk?

We were in Montauk in the middle of November and I had to jump into the ocean about six times when it was 30 degrees outside. It was pretty cold, freezing, but it was such a beautiful place. I'd never been to Montauk before and still haven't been there in the summer but it was very lonely and isolating which was the tone of the movie so it was kind of perfect. I would love to come back in the summer and learn to surf but again caution and coordination are just an issue. I mean surfing, I would knock myself out in two seconds, guaranteed!

Are you a fearless person would you say?

I was terrified to clock Jeff Daniels with a book (in the scene where he makes a drunken pass at my character) because I'm cautious and not very coordinated; two great things that go hand in hand. They put some foam inside the book and I had to bang him with it but I'm sure I kept hurting him.

You've got two projects in the works; what are they?

The next one is currently called 'Untitled Marital Crisis Comedy' and I'm hoping we keep that name because I love it. That's with Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling. I play Ryan's love interest so not a bad day at the office. Then I'm doing 'Help.' I play a writer in Jackson, Miss., in 1962, who just graduated from Old Miss and she writes a book, kind of an expose, about the maids in town that are working for her friend. It's a wonderful script. (The character) Skeeter does not have to clean so I won't be cleaning any houses! She doesn't really know what she's doing when it comes to that. She's like me in that sense.