Emma Stone on Playing Cruella and Her Fave Outfit

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Emma Stone stars in Cruella, the live-action take on the infamous villain in 101 Dalmatians. Set in ’70s London, audiences will experience the origin story where Cruella will go up against a fashion icon, The Baroness, played by Emma Thompson. During the film’s press conference, Stone talks about how dark the film is.

“I think Craig and Tony kind of write and make what they wanted to make,” she said. “I think it’s definitely dark for a Disney movie. Maybe not for a really intense R-rated film. It was darker than I’ve seen a Disney movie for a good long time.”

On Stone’s favorite outfit.

“My very, very favorite outfit that was absolutely ludicrous was the dress that I wear on the garbage truck,” Stone said. “Because there was a 40-foot train that wasn’t attached to the dress, obviously I wouldn’t be able to move anywhere. They added that onto the dress at the last minute when I got onto the garbage truck to shoot that part. And it was just phenom. I mean, nothing you would ever be able to even remotely wear in real life. To be honest, there was also that insane skirt when I cover the car.”

Stone on which character she prefers to be more like in real life.

“Well, you know, it’s interesting, because there is a sort of rejection of Estella that comes at a point,” she said. “Estella is sweet, but she’s not fully embodied. So I would say there is something about Cruella that’s pretty enticing, because she just kind of is who she is. She’s in full acceptance and autonomy there. So I am kind of interested in that Cruella world. She does some things that I don’t think I would necessarily cross. But to be honest, I kind of sort of prefer Cruella.”

Stone on playing a layered villain.

“Oh, I don’t think I would ever be able to play a character if I truly thought, ‘Oh, they’re just bad, they’re just a villain,'” Stone continued. “Do you think anybody evil walks through the world thinking they’re evil? I mean, I don’t think so. I think they think they’re right. They think they’re correct? So who walks in thinking, like, ‘I’m the bad guy.’ It doesn’t really make sense for playing a human being. But maybe for playing some type of a robot.”

Cruella is now in theaters and Premiere Access on Disney+.

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