STARRING: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes
DIRECTED: BY Will Gluck
It was another teen comedy that inspired screenwriter Bert V. Royal to pen the script, his first original screenplay. ''When I saw Juno, I thought, 'Okay, I guess we're ready to introduce smart teen female characters back into the mix.''' The result was Olive, the precocious, fast-talking heroine of Easy A. ''You don't really see girl characters in a comedy be this smart and funny and vulnerable,'' says Stone. ''I fell in love with her right away.'' Director Will Gluck (Fired Up!) had the same reaction to Stone. ''A lot of people auditioned for the part, but Emma came in and blew me away,'' recalls the director. Still, he made her jump through one last hoop: ''A lot of this movie is from the perspective of [Olive's] webcam. So I told Emma to go home that night and just do a little iChat of any scene in the movie, record it, and then send it to me. And I remember after getting the iChat, walking to the studio and saying, 'There's no question. She's the one.'''
The director and his star quickly developed a joking rapport on set. (''They bicker like brother and sister,'' says Royal. ''It's kind of adorable.'') Case in point: Gluck insists that Stone feigned a health crisis during a scene in which Olive helps her gay friend (Cougar Town's Dan Byrd) stay in the closet by pretending to have loud, public sex with him. ''They were jumping on the bed for six hours,'' says Gluck. ''Emma faked an asthma attack to get out of doing it.'' True to the movie's rumor-mill plot, however, Stone remembers things differently. ''Will was mocking me like I was so out of shape I couldn't even simulate fake sex without dying. But I really do have asthma,'' she says. ''So Will can shut it.''