Emma Stone cover

‘Gangster Squad’ star Emma Stone covers W’s February Best Performances issue wearing a Marc Jacobs leather jacket and bra.

Emma is one of the 32 actors featured in this issue’s incredible celebrity portfolio by photographer Juergen Teller that captures the zeitgeist of Hollywood today.

In the rest of the editorial we see a pure, unvarnished Emma stripped of Hollywood glamour showcasing honest emotion wearing Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen and Balmain.

The girl of the moment talks to W about staying serious while filming dramas, her reaction to her Oscar presentation last year to Ben Stiller and what movie made her cry.

Read more over at Wmagazine.com or check out the extracts below.

On whether it’s difficult to stay serious in dramas: “In real life, sometimes it’s uncomfortable for me not to go for the joke. I’ve been looking at that in myself lately. Often, joking for me is a way of diffusing the awkwardness of a situation, so it’s kind of exhilarating to be a part of projects where there’s nothing funny or lighthearted.”

On the reaction to her Oscar presentation last year with Ben Stiller: “Thanks. Though a lot of people thought it was something else: When I came offstage, they were saying, “You were so drunk!” And I wasn’t. Not until after… ”

On what movie made her cry: “The end of City Lights makes me cry every time I see it—when Charlie Chaplin walks by the shop window and the once blind girl brings him a flower and pins it to his lapel. She’s always thought that he was a millionaire, but he was really a tramp. She feels his hand and says, “You?” And he nods. He says, “You can see now?” And she says, “Yes, I can see now.” They cut back to his face, and he lights up like you’ve never seen. That last line—“Yes, I can see now”—has so many meanings. It’s echoed in every great romantic movie since then and in every great moment of life. ”

Credit: Juergen Teller for W Magazine