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Emma Stone discusses her friendship with Taylor Swift and the lessons learned from a lighthearted comment.

Emma Stone, the acclaimed actress, recently shared insights into her long-standing friendship with Taylor Swift and the repercussions of a joke she made at the 2024 Golden Globes. During an interview with Variety, alongside ‘Poor Things’ director Yorgos Lanthimos, Stone, 35, recounted the incident where she humorously referred to Swift, 34, as an “a–hole” backstage at the awards ceremony.

Reflecting on the reaction from Swift’s fans, Stone acknowledged the impact of her words. “I realized the context can be lost in such jokes. I won’t be making such remarks again. What a dope I was,” she admitted to Variety.

Emma Stone Reflects on Joking About Taylor Swift and Learning
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The moment occurred when Stone won the Golden Globe for Best Film Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role in ‘Poor Things.’ Swift, seen applauding Stone enthusiastically, was also at the event as a nominee for her concert film ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,’ which was up for cinematic and box office achievement but ultimately lost to ‘Barbie.’

Swift and Stone’s friendship dates back to 2008 when they met at the Young Hollywood Awards. Over the years, they have supported each other at various events, including Swift attending the December 2023 New York premiere of ‘Poor Things.’

Emma Stone Reflects on Joking About Taylor
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Stone, who typically keeps her relationship with Swift private, opened up in a June 2023 Vanity Fair interview about their bond. She revealed how Swift helped her secure tickets to an Eras Tour show, describing Swift as “a wonderful friend.”

“I’ve known Taylor since we were teenagers, and she’s always been there for me. Getting those Eras Tour tickets was just another example of her generosity,” Stone said.

The incident at the Golden Globes and Stone’s subsequent reflection highlight the nuances of public statements, even among friends, and the learning experiences they can bring.

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Emma Stone’s candid acknowledgment of her experience and her appreciation of Swift’s friendship offers a glimpse into the dynamics of friendships in the spotlight and the growth that comes from understanding the power of words.