Emma Stone on Body Shaming and Online Critics: “I’m Not Sick. I Eat Sandwiches.”
Emma Stone opens up in a new USA Today interview, talking about online gossip and body shaming, her relationship to her own body, and her private life with boyfriend Andrew Garfield.
Stone, who is used to her share of online criticism, says she knows feeling good about herself is her own responsibility.
“I firmly believe that nothing really affects you or can really bother you if you don’t already feel that way about yourself. I’ve seen a lot of comments that say, ‘Eat a sandwich’ or ‘She looks sick,'” she shares.
And while she admits that she’s “been looking at myself in the mirror being mean to myself,” she insists, “I’m not sick. I eat sandwiches.”
Stone also acknowledges the pressure she feels to be a good role model, saying, “in no way is it my intention to be a bad example. That has been kind of bothering me lately. I’ve shamed myself for it. We shame each other online. We’re always too skinny or too fat or too tall or too short.”
Of her critics, she says, “They’re just confirming this feeling I have about myself. I’m trying to figure my body out. It bothers me because I care so much about young girls. We’re shaming each other and we’re shaming ourselves, and it sucks.”
Stone also wants to eliminate gossip from her own life, explaining, “When I make a comment about someone or I choose to gossip about someone and speculate about their body or their life or their face, it’s usually a reflection of something I’m feeling myself.”
As an alternative, Stone praises Shailene Woodley as someone who “feels good about herself. I like being around women like that.”
Stone also comments on the attention paid to her relationship with Garfield, saying, “It’s been easy because all I have to say is that I don’t talk about my private life. It’s kind of easy.”