Emma Stone reveals the 'complete rubbish' acting advice she once received

Emma Stone has proven her naysayers wrong — and she's proud to admit it. Speaking at the 2024 Palm Springs International Film Awards on January 4, the actor revealed the "complete rubbish" advice she received early in her career.

Stone won a Desert Palm Achievement Award for her performance in "Poor Things," which has been receiving intense Oscar buzz. In her speech, she recalled a meeting with a sexist studio executive who said women had more limited time than men to have successful acting careers.

"When I first moved to Los Angeles, I went to one of the shareholder meetings they sometimes send you to, and an executive told me that for male actors, it's a marathon, not a sprint," she explain. "In his eyes, for women, it's a sprint, not a marathon. That was 20 years ago."

This sentiment gets old quickly. "I realize this advice is complete rubbish because most of the women I respect in this industry, many of whom are in this room, have proven that life and work only get more fun and interesting over time. More fulfilling,” she declared.

Stone's role in poverty

Mark Ruffalo, Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe in 2023 Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images

"Poor Things," directed by Stone's "The Favourite" collaborator Yorgos Lanthimos, centers on Bella Baxter, a A woman resurrected only by the brain of a child, she attempts to gain the earthly life she lacks.

To prove her point that the characters become more fleshed out over time, Stone talked about her character Bella , saying she's not like "anyone I've ever read."

"She is a woman who is immune to outside expectations, immune to judgment, shame and play," she said. “Bella was challenging because I had to try to unlearn these aspects of myself, which is what makes her an absolute joy to play.”

Stone stars alongside Mark Ruffalo and Willem Dafoe, who presented her with the award. She is up for the Critics Choice Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and received a television nomination for her role in Cursed . With this momentum, an Oscar nomination seems likely.