Emma Stone has long held the position as our resident girl crush here at InStyle HQ for reasons that are fairly obvious but for arguments sake, we'll justify our love. Not only is she an absolute beauty but she's got killer style that just won't quit and a sense of humour that makes her one of the most likable girls in the biz.
Not once has she been papped outside a club stumbling around in a drunken stir, nor does she abuse social media to grow her fame — she's just a girl that works hard, keeps her head down but delivers the goods when she needs or, more aptly, wants to.
And, after reading her latest interview in, erm, Interview, where she answered questions fired at her by Hollywood legend Diane Keaton, we've been given even more of an insight in how downright awesome she is. As it turns out, we can learn a lot from the plucky Birdman actress that we can definitely apply to our lives. Emma, you're an inspiration...
Emma's Life Lesson No.1 — Don't ever feel bad for wanting more
'What's strange about the way my brain functions is that the only thing that has ever made me feel calm is knowing clearly what I want... I feel safer when I know what I want. When I don't know what I want, I feel like I'm flailing through the universe. I need to get better at the not being clear about things.'
Emma's Life Lesson No.2 — Fear is just a figment of your imagination and you should really just get on with it
'I was really scared of [failing] for a long time. And if something was really challenging, I thought that I was just going to fall on my face and embarrass myself. I'm just less scared of that now. I think because I just played Sally Bowles [in the Broadway revival of Cabaret]. You know, there's something about having to go up and do it every night, no matter how you're feeling, having to tell the whole arc of a story and not just scene by scene the way that you do on film.'
Emma's Life Lesson No.3 — It's ok to still heart your exes
'DK: Andrew Garfield said, "Working with Emma was like diving into a thrilling, twisting river and never holding on to the sides. From the start. To the end. Spontaneous. In the moment. Present. Terrifying. Vital. The only way acting with someone should be."'
'ES: He is such a poet. But that's the way he writes in general. So I hear it and of course my heart swells up. And I also know that he writes things like that on a daily basis.'
'DK: What a guy. But that's beautiful.'
'ES: What a guy. He is a real Wordsworth.'
'DK: Good for you. Good for him.'
'ES: Good for him.'
Emma's Life Lesson No.4 — You're beautiful just as you are. Amen to that
'[On beauty] The more unique the better. When you feel that a person is being true to how they want to look or what their face is, I think there's something about the acceptance of oneself that I can feel from people. That tends to be what I'm attracted to. '
Emma's Life Lesson No.5 — Always do what makes you happy
'I definitely did know that I really liked to perform. That was definitely clear to me. While taking my correspondence courses at home, I was absolutely obsessed, and I remain pretty obsessed to this day, though hopefully in a more grown-up way.'
Emma's Life Lesson No.6 — Never be afraid to be a creepy fan girl
'I don't feel any different from anyone. I am such a diehard fan—as you of all people should know. I know what it is to be a fan. But I don't think I've ever really considered the idea of having fans. I think I'm always sort of ducking that, thinking it's more about the work, the project itself, than me, in particular, that's speaking to people. So I've never really taken it all that personally, as if it has something to do with me. Maybe that's unwise. But when someone comes up to you and says something truly heartfelt about work you've done, that means a lot.'
And just when we thought we couldn't love Emma any more...