Emma Stone Had a ‘Meltdown’ Filming a Scene With Ryan Gosling

One of the more popular romantic comedies is Crazy, Stupid, Love, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The film was one of Stone’s more memorable roles before she went on to do La La Land

Just like Stone, Gosling is a talented actor, and the movie helped show his range. One of the scenes copied the iconic lift move from Dirty Dancing. However, Stone wasn’t a huge fan of incorporating the move. 

(L-R) Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone smiling, sitting on a couch
(L-R) Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone | Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling starred in multiple films together

Stone started to pursue acting while she was a teenager. She has acted in several well-known comedies, such as Zombieland and Easy A. Critics praised many of her roles and she’s been nominated for a few Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. Stone won an Oscar for Best Actress in La La Land. As one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood, Stone earns millions for her roles. In fact, she was the highest-paid actor in 2017.

Gosling is a Canadian actor who started his career by acting in The Mickey Mouse Club in 1993. He later starred in popular films, such as The Notebook. He has also received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. The two actors have starred in three movies together. In 2011, they both landed roles in the film Crazy, Stupid, Love. A couple of years later, they were in Gangster Squad together. One of the most critically acclaimed films they starred in was La La Land. There’s no doubt these two have tons of chemistry!

The two actors play love interests in ‘Crazy, Stupid Love’

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a romantic comedy that stars Steve Carell along with Stone and Gosling. The story is about a middle-aged man named Cal, who is getting a divorce. He receives help from a womanizer named Jacob and learns how to flirt with women effectively.  

There are a couple of other side plots, like the relationship between Jacob and Hannah. Towards the end, Cal and his wife get back together. The film did fairly well at the box office and received several nominations. 

In the movie, Gosling plays Jacob. His character falls in love with the main character’s daughter without knowing he’s been helping her dad pick up women. The actor stands out among the cast, and his role in Crazy, Stupid, Love is considered one of his best ones. 

Stone plays the part of Hannah, who is Jacob’s love interest. After she reveals that she is Cal’s daughter, Cal does not approve of her and Jacob’s relationship. However, he changes his mind in the end. 

Emma Stone got frightened when filming the lift scene


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One of the most iconic moments from Dirty Dancing is the lift scene. The scene happens at the end of the film. During the sequence, the two main characters dance on stage. Patrick Swayze’s character jumps off the stage and land in the middle of the aisle. 

Members of the audience join in and help Jennifer Grey’s character down from the stage. She then runs to Swayze, who lifts her in the air completely. Grey once revealed that she was terrified of doing the lift. As it turns out, she was not the only one scared of the dance move. 

Crazy, Stupid, Love recreates the scene in a humorous fashion. According to BuzzFeed, the scene was not in the script. Gosling added it in the film since he used to do ballet. However, he did not realize that Stone had an extreme fear of heights.  

She had no clue either until rehearsal. As soon as Gosling raised his costar in the air, she had a complete meltdown. Gosling said it was like “a possum falling out of a tree and trying to scratch your eyes out.” She needed to take a minute to calm down. In the end, Stone could not do the lift scene. As a result, she used a body double for the big move, which is why the scene cuts to a wide shot outside the house during that moment.