Ten years ago was a much simpler time, and a recent rediscovery of long lost YouTube videos have many longing for that simpler time. In honor of “The House Bunny’s” 10 year anniversary, there is a recent video of Emma Stone doing press for the film and the nostalgic kick gives everyone the feels.
“The House Bunny” features Stone as an awkward college student. She gets a makeover after meeting a Playboy bunny character, played by Anna Faris. Throughout the movie, Stone’s character learns that life isn’t about attracting men through physical hotness, but instead it is about self-love and acceptance. The film also stars Kat Dennings and Katharine McPhee, in addition to Faris and Stone.
The interview with Stone describes her character, Natalie, as a nerd with a heart of gold. She describes the movie as so much fun and said that you think it may be different because it’s a bunch of girls filming, but instead of cattiness the girls were supportive of each other and had become such great friends. She says this movie is different from a lot of other comedies, because Shelly, played by Faris, does not start out as a underdog. Instead, she starts out on top living at the Playboy mansion and has everything she could ever want, and then is left with nothing. It goes from the top to the bottom and then back up, which Stone says is an interesting arc for this type of movie.
Many millennial women gravitate toward the interview because it takes them back to their high school and college days, and they see themselves in Stone and the trajectory of her career. This, of course, brings them back to the easier time.
“The House Bunny” got mixed ratings from critics, with a rating of 43% of 124 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and some saying that it was a formulaic comedy. However, the movie did well at the box office and debuted at number one on the first day of the release on August 22, 2008, with $5.91 million in sales. It landed in second place for opening weekend, just behind “Tropic Thunder.” Worldwide, the filmed grossed $70 million, and when it debuted in the UK, it debuted at number one and made $1 million in its first weekend.
Emma Stone has since gone on to star in many more films, including her role in “La La Land,” which is her highest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes. Not only was the film a success, earning positive reviews at the Venice Film Festival and earning over $440 million, but also it earned Stone an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actress for the film. Later this year, Stone serves as an executive producer and is featured in a Netflix fantasy series, “Maniac,” which also stars to Jonah Hill and she is set to appear as Cruella de Vil in a live-action spin off of “One Hundred and One Dalmatians.”