Emma Stone believes starring in 'The Help' allowed her to learn about the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
10 October 2011 Emma Stone learnt about the civil rights movement "in tandem" with her 'The Help' character.
The 'Easy A' actress portrays a journalist named Skeeter who decides to write a book from the point of view of the black maids during the 1960s race equality struggles, and she admits she was lacking knowledge about the real life situations until she took part in the Tate Taylor-directed project.
She told BANG Showbiz: "Skeeter is learning about the truth and the reality of every day life of these women, as I was. I felt like we were learning in tandem about that because I have been educated on the most well known stories of the era but not the day to day life of the ordinary woman experiencing this. "Getting to live in the south and play Skeeta and was really so enriching for my life, not only as an actor but as me."
However, she has "no idea" if she would be brave enough to do the same should she have lived during the time.
Asked if she could have done what her character does, Emma responded: "You know what's great about a film or a character or a part in another time period is that I can say, 'Absolutely! Yes! Definitely!' No, I have no idea. I would hope so. And putting myself in Skeeter's position and in the character I imagined it all the time but you don't know what you don't know, you know?"