Emma Stone Likens First Heartbreak To ‘Being Killed’

Emma Stone is dating Amazing Spider-Man co-star Andrew Garfield. Wait, no they aren’t. Okay, yeah, they are, but they’re being really quiet about it. Maybe that has something to do with how Emma Stone feels about heartbreak. In a recent interview, she said that the loss of her first love was like being “killed.”

Though known primarily for comedic roles, Stone has experienced her fair share of relationship drama and emotional pain in her 23 years of life. In the September issue of Interview magazine (on newsstands tomorrow), Stone dishes on some private tidbits involving love and romance with director and upcoming collaborator Cameron Crowe.

“What was your first heartbreak like?” Crowe asks.

“I was crawling on the floor. I remember throwing up,” Stone replies. “It was so visceral. It’s like someone has killed you and you have to live through it and watch it happen. … It was awful,” she says.

Crowe then asked about how Stone, and other actors, channel personal pain into their performances.

“Creatively, do you think it’s true or false that many of the artists who we know and love are often governed by a single event that happens in their life, and that event then becomes this vivid, iconic thing they return to over and over in their work?” Crowe asked.

“One-hundred percent true. That’s not actually my moment or my theme – my moment is not one that I would probably talk about,” says Stone. “But there is a moment that keeps coming back over and over throughout my life. It’s the thing that I return to when I’m making a decision out of fear. Anything that I’m doing out of fear is defined by that moment.”

You can read a full excerpt of the interview here, or pick up Interview tomorrow for the full interview between Cameron Crowe and Emma Stone. The actress will star in the director’s next as-yet untitled project, a film about (what else?) love.