Seasoned actress Allison tells us Emma is a perfect young role model because she has a great relationship with her mother!
Emma Stone gives a remarkable and poignant performance in The Help as Skeeter, a young woman in Mississippi who sets out to tell the “real story” behind the racial discrimination of maids in her town during the 60s. Allison Janney, most famous for her role as C.J. Cregg on The West Wing, plays Emma’s mother Charlotte Phelan in the film and she tells HollywoodLife.com why she “admires” the 22-year-old actress.
“I couldn’t love Emma more,” Allison tells us. “I so admire her, and love her. She has a great relationship with her mother. Emma is so grounded, really smart, not a flighty actress. A lot of girls her age get certain reputations, she has her head screwed on right. She can be Lucille Ball and then break your heart. She isn’t afraid to embarrass herself, she’s fierce!”
The film is based on the best-selling book The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and ironically Allison knew Kathryn before starring in the film adaptation!
“I’ve been on the inside track of this phenomenon,” she says. “One of my best friends Tate Taylor [the film's director] grew up with Katherine. I read the book before it was published. I was loving it, and the fact that she was rejected 60 times. The movie is a beautiful story of friendships and bonds forming. It really was one of the best times I’ve ever had filming a movie. It didn’t feel like work.”
Although this film might look like a typical “chick flick” — Allison says think again!
“You can bring everybody and anybody,” she says. “Bring your mom, best friend, boyfriend! Howard Stern loved it and I don’t think he’s a chick!”
We can agree with Allison, this is one of the best films of the summer. Check it out when it hits theaters Aug. 10!
— Chloe Melas
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