Emma Stone was so dedicated to her role as Billie Jean King in "Battle of the Sexes" that she did push-ups in between takes
We were fully aware that Emma Stone got buff to play tennis pro and social activist Billie Jean King for Battle of the Sexes, a film that centers on the 1973 woman vs. man-type match between King and Bobby Riggs. What we didn’t know is exactly how Stone got so ripped.
Well, Stone’s Battle of the Sexes co-star Natalie Morales just provided some pretty hilarious insight.
Morales plays Rosie Casals in the film, King’s fellow tennis player and activist who was a commentator during the infamous match. As Morales recalled to HelloGiggles, Stone’s muscles were a big part of what made the Oscar-winning actress so believable as King.
Morales went on to say that a lot of laughs were shared on the Battle of the Sexes set.
And Stone would participate in all of that — while doing push-ups simultaneously.
Not only that, but Stone put a huge emphasis on precision, so she basically choreographed King’s tennis moves to get them down just right.
Morales added, “She watched Billie Jean’s performance and learned her moves like a dance, and then would basically dance with a tennis ball. That’s how she did it. It’s really awesome to see because I see all her work, but it just looks like Billie Jean. Emma deserves everything good that’s coming to her.”
See Stone’s sick tennis moves — and equally awesome biceps — when Battle of the Sexes lands in theaters on September 22nd.