This summer after wrapping on the film The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I was contacted by the magazine ELLE about a piece they were working on for their November “Women in Hollywood” issue. They were looking to report on different aspects of the entertainment business, and they thought it would be interesting to feature celebrity stand-ins. A few weeks later, I flew out to Los Angeles for a West Hollywood photo shoot!

I was thrilled that ELLE was writing an article featuring stand-ins. It’s an important behind-the-scenes job that is not widely known about. And as the editors at ELLE realized, it is not easy to track down stand-ins — especially because stars usually have different stand-ins for each project they work on. After much hunting, ELLE was able to find and book five female celebrity stand-ins for their photo shoot. They included stand-ins for Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rooney Mara — and myself for Emma Stone.

At the shoot, each of us was given the A-list treatment. We had our hair and makeup professionally done, and we were dressed in designer wardrobe with accessories. The final piece features each of us styled to re-create a recent red carpet look the celebrity we stood in for had. Interviews followed a few weeks later via phone, and in them we shared our experiences of working on sets as stand-ins.

My contributions to the piece can be seen below. For the whole article, check out the November 2013 “Women in Hollywood” issue of ELLE magazine.

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