Actress Emma Stone couldn’t hold back her tears as a fan with autism thanked her for helping him through his lonely teenage years. The 35-year-old actress jumped off the stage, gave him a big hug and let her tears flow.
After winning a Golden Globe last month for her portrayal of Bella Baxter in Poor Things, Emma Stone was asked some questions from fans about the film and her career at a cinema in London. A man took the opportunity to talk about how the actress always managed to cheer him up with her roles in the TV show Saturday Night Live.
“I love Poor Things and have already seen the film six times,” says the man. “Everything you make is always pure and honest. I admire your self-confidence and your advocacy for mental health. Growing up as one of the few children with autism in school, I felt lonely and couldn’t make friends. During the break I often went to the computer class to watch videos Saturday Night Live to watch. You offered me comfort and security during those years,” after which the fans present start cheering and clapping loudly. During a big hug, the two can no longer control their emotions and burst into tears.
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Emma Stone previously talked about panic attacks, in which a sudden fear overtakes you and causes your heart to beat very fast, your hands to shake and you to become light-headed, as if you have just stepped off a wild fairground attraction. To her surprise, she noticed that improvisation – where you think about what you are going to do and say in the moment – could help her feel more confident and turn her fears into something productive. She stays happy and healthy through therapy, breathing exercises and staying away from social media. “Being a sensitive person, who cares a lot about things and to whom many things hit hard, is what makes you special. It is one of the greatest gifts you can receive,” she said.
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