Emma Stone hails ‘personal treasure’ and Favourite co-star Olivia Colman

Emma Stone (left) and Olivia Colman with the best British Film Award, for The favourite, during the twenty-first British Inde
Emma Stone (left) and Olivia Colman with the best British Film Award, for The favourite, during the twenty-first British Independent Film Awards, held at Old Billingsgate, London.

Emma Stone has heaped praise on her The Favourite co-star Olivia Colman, calling her a “personal treasure”.

The duo star alongside Rachel Weisz in the black comedy about the court of Queen Anne, with the Broadchurch actress playing the monarch and Weisz and Stone playing courtiers tussling for her favour.

Colman is hotly tipped to pick up an Oscar nomination for the role, while Stone and Weisz could both feature in the supporting category and will already compete against each other at the Golden Globes.

Stone told the Press Association: “She might be a national treasure (in the UK) but she is also a personal treasure, that woman is on another level of human being, we all agree.

“She is phenomenal, I don’t even know how she exists, she is like the greatest person and also the greatest actress, I don’t know how she does it.”

Stone, who won the best actress Oscar in 2017 for her part in La La Land, said she is not paying too much attention to the speculation about the film’s awards chances.

The Favourite
Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone (David Parry/PA)

She said: “I love this film so much that I feel so lucky to be a part of it that that is what I focus on and what I focused on before.

“I feel lucky as an actor just to get to be a part of things that I would like to go see and so I would definitely go see this movie.”

Stone added it continues to be unusual for films to feature three such substantial role for women saying: “It felt like a real diamond, it was very exciting to see three incredibly complex, flawed, funny women in one film and I thought they were all so beautifully written.

“So I would hope that the tide has shifted a bit but I know that Yorgos (Lanthimos, the director) was also working on this movie for nine years so it wasn’t like this was coming out of a brand new time, it’s been the last decade.

“What is amazing about this story is it begins with a woman in power, I like that it is not a story about having to overthrow a man for power and it doesn’t really have anything to do with the men because there is no argument there, there is no fight there.

“It is between these three women and their dynamics with each other and what power is to them and what survival is to them so it’s unique but it’s also historical, this was happening in the early 1700s.”

The Favourite is released in UK cinemas on January 1.

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