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Despite her fame and awards, Emma Stone still lives with the constant fear of screwing it all up.

Speaking with Out magazine about her new film Battle of the Sexes, in which she plays Billie Jean King in her infamous match against Bobby Riggs, Emma spoke about how truly she identified with King.

“I do know what it’s like to struggle and to be afraid and to be a public person, and to feel like you can’t share all of yourself, and to be afraid of saying the wrong thing, or not furthering goodness in the world. And somehow fucking it up.”

She worked closely with Billie Jean to learn about the circumstances of the match, and just precisely how King was feeling at the time.

“She sent me some beautiful text messages about the pain she was in, or that it was messy, and I knew that was the place that I had to find for her in that period—her strength of spirit is unlike that of anyone I’ve ever met, but there was also this confusion and this pain and things I could really relate to.”

And according to King, Emma totally nailed it in the film — so much so that it made it hard for the tennis player to watch since it made her relive the pain.

In the same interview, the two also discussed an ongoing issue of gender disparity — the wage gap. Emma admitted that her male costars have actually taken pay cuts in an attempt to create equality.

“In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair. That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily—that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair.’ If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life.”

And Billie Jean King couldn’t agree more. She added,

“You just gave an example of why men are so vital to these changes—because they’re usually in the power position, and if they start to change the paradigms, things start to shift. And that’s why I always include men in everything that I do.”

Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to started Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. She’s currently obsessed with Vanderpump Rules, lipstick, and her kitty Tom.