Emma Stone honed dance skills to play tennis good Billie Jean King


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Emma Stone admits she’s never been a sports player, so when she was asked to play former universe tennis No. 1 Billie Jean King in a film “Battle of a Sexes,” a Oscar-winning singer approached it from a opposite instruction – dancing.

King, by contrast, who pioneered a quarrel for equal compensate in tennis some-more than 40 years ago, graphic herself in Stone’s position as she worked with a singer to execute her character.

“I attempted to put myself in Emma’s shoes. That’s unequivocally holding a risk portraying someone who is still alive. I‘m like, ‘God, that’s a small pressure,” King said.

Stone, 28, and a 73-year-old tennis fable became good friends while creation a film that tells a story behind King’s 1973 muster compare opposite former men’s champion Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) to quarrel sexism in a competition and multitude during large. It opens in U.S. film theaters on Friday.

Stone, who won an Oscar in Feb for strain and dance low-pitched “La La Land,” had never played tennis so her early sessions with King focused on footwork and choreography.

“I danced, so footwork was good. (And) we had been on theatre before and when Billie Jean went out onto a tennis justice it felt like her stage, so she unequivocally keyed in on that,” Stone said.

Later came weeks of use on serves and cross-court backhands, though for Stone, even a simplest things were tough.

”We went to a U.S. Open … and we was sitting subsequent to Billie Jean, and Sloane Stephens was throwing balls and tucking them in her dress and bouncing them with a racquet.

“It’s usually small in-between things though that took me months to learn!” Stone said.

Professional players were hired to imitate a shots in a compare opposite Riggs, that was watched by some-more than 50 million on television.

For her part, King worked for weeks with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy recalling her knowledge in a early 1970s, when she not usually determined a break-away Women’s Tennis Association and took on Riggs though also was wrestling with her possess passionate identity. She came out as happy in 1981.

More than 40 years after violence Riggs, women are still fighting for equal compensate and rights on and off a tennis court, not that it comes as any warn to King.

”If we review history, we comprehend how delayed swell is and that it’s any generation’s pursuit to try and pierce a round forward.

“We’ve come further, though we’ve a lot serve to go,” King said.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant, modifying by Marcy Nicholson


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