Emma Stone knew it wouldn’t be easy starting out in Hollywood, but the “Poor Things” star did not anticipate receiving sexist advice as a teen actress.

The “Easy A” alum recalled that upon moving to Los Angeles, she was told by an executive that as an actress, her career would be a “sprint, not a marathon.”

“When I first moved to L.A., I went to one of those general meetings that they sometimes send you to, and an executive told me that for male actors, it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Stone said while accepting the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 2024 Palm Springs International Film Awards. “And in his eyes, for women, it was a sprint, not a marathon. And that was 20 years ago.”

The Oscar-nominated star continued, “And I realize that advice is total garbage because the majority of the women that I look up to in this industry, many of whom are in this room, have proven that as time goes on, life and work only get more interesting and more fulfilling.”

Stone added, “I have so much gratitude genuinely for this moment. I’m grateful that I get to keep trying new things and for the opportunity to make choices when it comes to work because I know how rare and fleeting it could be to choose what you wanna do or who you wanna work with as an actor. I am really so thankful for that. I hope for many more years of the chance to take swings and to try new things and to keep this marathon going.”

The frequent Yorgos Lanthimos collaborator noted that her “Poor Things” character Bella Baxter challenged her to “unlearn” being susceptible to “external expectations,” judgment, and shame. Stone called Lanthimos her “true creative soulmate.” Stone is set to reunite with Lanthimos for upcoming film “Kinds of Kindness.”

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