Shot by famous photographer Juergen Teller — famous for his iconic Marc Jacobs ads — who worked closely with W“s Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg, Emma sports little to no makeup and brunette roots for the jarring cover. The Gangster Squad star is featured in the magazine’s Best Performances issue, in which she talks about what movie makes her cry, how she has to try hard not to be funny and about her scene-stealing Oscars presentation last year with Ben Stiller.
“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 says about the film that always starts the water works. “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.”;
Known for her incredible comedic timing, Emma shares that it’s actually “exhilarating”; to work on projects where she doesn’t have to play up her natural inclination to make everything a joke.
“In real life, sometimes it’s uncomfortable for me not to go for the joke. I’ve been looking at that in myself lately,”; she reflects. “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.”;
As for her memorable Oscars on-stage moment with Ben Stiller, where they presented the best visual effects award, she reveals that many people thought her memorably hilarious performance could only mean one thing — that she was drunk!
“; … 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…”;