Emma Stone: Random People Emailed, Texted Me After Sony Hacking Leak
Emma Stone says she was contacted by random people after her email and phone number were leaked online in the wake of the Sony hacking.
As Gossip Cop reported, a massive security breach last fall led to the theft of hundreds, if not thousands, of documents, including the personal information of employees and clients. While Stone’s name initially only appeared in some of the leaked emails, her own e-mail address and her cell phone number went public after WikiLeaks posted some of the stolen documents online. And that led some ballsy strangers to make a move.
“I did one of the worst things ever, which was react really quickly. I was getting all these emails and texts from people I didn’t know — ‘Hi, I’m Joe from the U.K. I like your movies’ — and I was so overwhelmed that I went to my in-box and I deleted all my emails,” she tells WSJ. magazine. “In about a 30-second span, I hit ‘Select All’ and ‘Delete Forever,’ and thousands of emails, like six years of emails, are now gone forever. I was just so freaked out that someone was in there.”
She recalls, “It was horrible. I cried for like an hour. Most of the emails I’m mourning I can still talk to the person and get them back. But there’s others where the person is actually gone. It really sucks.” Stone admits that she probably received only 10 unwanted emails and phone calls total, but the thought of her privacy being violated was too much to bear. “I just went there,” she says.
The reaction isn’t all that surprising considering Stone admits she suffered from serious anxiety when she was child. “It was really bad,” she confesses, remembering, “The first time I had a panic attack I was sitting in my friend’s house, and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just would not stop.”
“I would go to the nurse at lunch most days and just wring my hands,” says Stone. “I would ask my mom to tell me exactly how the day was going to be, then ask again 30 seconds later. I just needed to know that no one was going to die and nothing was going to change.”
It’s Stone’s desire for privacy and need for clear plans that leads her to keep quiet about her relationship with Andrew Garfield and make careful choices with her career. The actress says she “understand[s] the interest” in her personal life, because I’ve had it, too. But it’s so special to me that it never feels good to talk about, so I just continually don’t talk about it.”
As for work, Stone has largely been going non-stop for a number of years now, something that led her to pass on the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters reboot. “It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment — it’s a whole thing,” says the Amazing Spider-Man star. “I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.”