Emma Stone Tells Us To Stop Being Cynical About Life

​The Crazy Stupid Love actress spoke at the Venice film festival about young people's cynicism and finding flaws in life


We have a tendency, as we get older, to become more cynical and pessimistic about love, success and the world we live in.

But Emma Stone has had enough of our negativity. 

Yesterday, the actress spoke at the world premiere of her new musical film La La Land at the Venice film festival and opened up about the romantic idealism of her and her co-star Ryan Gosling's characters, who struggle to make their dreams of stardom a reality in Hollywood. 


Referring to comedian Conan O'Brien's leaving speech on The Tonight Show (which touched upon the need to let go of cynicism), the 27-year-old actress explained their characters, 'might be cynical about what they are going through, but the movie itself is in no way cynical.

'It's about dreaming, and hoping, and working toward something to achieve something, and I think young people have fallen into a lot of cynicism, and making fun of things, and pointing out the flaws in everything, and this movie is anything but that,' she added. 


The film centers on the relationship between Mia (Stone), a coffee barista/ actress and a wannabe jazz pianist Sebastian (Gosling) and has been given the coveted opening gala slot at the film festival this week.

The Easy A star hopes the film will inspire people to chase their dreams.

'It's a huge joy to be a part of it and show it to young people. This is what I hope young people will do - work hard to achieve their dreams and hope, instead of be cynical,' she added. 

Having made her television debut in VH1's In Search of the New Partridge Family, the actress admitted she could empathise with her character's early struggles in Hollywood.

'I moved to LA when I was 15 to try to be an actor and have a few humiliating audition stories; but it never got to the point for me that was quite as devastating as for [my character] Mia,' she said.

Talking of her co-star Ryan Gosling, who has previously acted opposite in the actress in films such as Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad, Emma revealed the duo had prepared for their role in the up-coming musical with ballroom dancing lessons.

'Once you've learned to ballroom dance with somebody, you've learned all you need to know … He is very good at leading.' 

If you need a dance partner anytime soon, Ryan, you know where we are.

Watch the trailer for La La Land below:

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