Hanging out in extremely fancy hotel suites with celebrities is by no means the worst part of my job, but an afternoon spent with Emma Stone—who was just named the new face of Revlon's Nearly Naked makeup line coming out in January—at The London Hotel was especially fun. Probably because Stone herself is a plain old good time. When I walked in she was curled up next to a window with an insane view of New York's skyline, but what caught my attention was her pale pink Daniel Vosovic dress and to-die-for Chloe trench, which she quickly explained was "borrowed." Then we got to talking and it turns out that we have more in common than our love of khaki jackets—we're both into french fries, Les Mis, Joan Didion, and we have what most would call an unusual interest in the psychology of serial killers. Of course this sort of talk made her publicist's ears perk, but we both put on big smiles and a thumbs up and Emma said, "We love Revlon!" so she wouldn't think we were veering too far off topic. Sadly, our shared interests most likely won't be the start of a blossoming friendship, but if I had to pick one celeb to add to my pack of girlfriends it would be Stone.
Here's what gets her going these days:
The lip butter is the first thing that my face was ever "attached" to and I really love it. I wear it pretty often. It's kind of like a chapstick, but it has some color in it, so it's easy to wear all the time.
If you're a Joan Didion fan and have read The Year of Magical Thinking then you need to read her new book because its about Quintana dying. It's pretty awful, but it's so beautiful.
The Banjo Ukulele
Somebody got me a banjo-ukulele and I just started fooling around on it. It's been pretty great. I've never played an instrument before in my life, except for the flute in fourth grade, but it's small enough for my hands so I've been screwing around with it and I learned "What a Wonderful World" which is really fun on a ukulele. You can get the tabs online—it's pretty easy.
Yah! I just saw a screening of Les Mis—oh my god—it is mind-blowing. It's so good that it's kind of stupid. It was the first musical that I ever saw when I was eight or nine, so I always had a connection to it. The movie holds up like you can't believe. It's amazing.
I love his stuff. I've worn his clothing three or four times in a row. It's so comfortable, cute, simple, and clean, but always with something fun. Like this dress I'm wearing right now is open in the back, which is so cool. My stylist, Petra Flannery, is behind anything that I wear—it's a collaboration, but she's the brains behind the operation. I have gotten more into fashion now that I've been more exposed to it throughout the years.
I'm a sucker for Johnny Rockets. I could go to Johnny Rockets and get grilled cheese with cheddar on white bread and french fries and vanilla-peanut butter malt. I love cheddar cheese—not American cheese, which tastes like a credit card. I use extra-sharp cheddar and then my secret is to put put some garlic salt on one side when you're making it and then I butter on both sides to really do it up.
Flat shoes. Of course. I find it so crazy that so many women wear heels all day. I wear these Madewell flats all the time. I'm trying to wear other shoes more often, but they're my favorite. And I have a pair of those Lanvin ballet shoes—the ones that curl up—I've had them for five years and I still wear them all the time.
I can tell you pretty much anything about Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer. I'm fascinated to see how [someone becomes a serial killer] that happens and whether or not you can trace it back to a moment in their childhood. I find the psychology behind it interesting. Something can be so traumatizing to one child, but the same thing could happen to another child and he'll turn out completely fine. What causes someone to want to do that? It's so scary for parents because every moment is a chance that they need to be like, "I better handle this one well."
On that note…we're excited to see Emma Stone's Revlon ads all over the city. And seriously Emma, if you get bored or whatever, I'm game to eat grilled cheese and profile serial killers with you.