During her interview, Emma opened up about her career, saying:
“What’s strange about the way my brain functions is that the only thing that has ever made me feel calm is knowing clearly what I want… I feel safer when I know what I want. When I don’t know what I want, I feel like I’m flailing through the universe. I need to get better at the not being clear about things.”
Emma also revealed that since her run on Broadway in Cabaret, she feels more ready to take on challenging roles without the fear of failure.
“I feel more ready than I ever have to do something incredibly different and challenging and scary,” She said. “I think because I just played Sally Bowles [in the Broadway revival of Cabaret]. You know, because you started on Broadway, there’s something about having to go up and do it every night, no matter how you’re feeling, having to tell the whole arc of a story and not just scene by scene the way that you do on film.”
“I feel more like I understand acting in a different way. It’s totally different when you’re shooting something. But only in the past six months to a year have I felt like I can really try these different things. I think I was really scared of that for a long time. And if something was really challenging, I thought that I was just going to fall on my face and embarrass myself. I’m just less scared of that now, of failing.”
As for her definition of beauty, Emma explained:
“The more unique the better. When you feel that a person is being true to how they want to look or what their face is, I think there’s something about the acceptance of oneself that I can feel from people. That tends to be what I’m attracted to.”
Be sure to pick up the new issue of Interview for Emma’s full feature. You can also read her full interview here.