Emma Stone stars as Skeeter Phelan, a recent graduate of Ole Miss who returns to her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi with dreams of being a writer in The Help. Set in the turbulent 1960s of the South, The Help follows Skeeter’s story as she and a handful of very brave black maids unite to write a book which will – for the first time – allow the maids to speak about the treatment they’ve received in Jackson’s white households.
In this interview video provided by DreamWorks Pictures, Stone discusses her character, co-starring with Viola Davis (‘Aibileen’) and Octavia Spencer (‘Minny’), and working with writer/director Tate Taylor:
The Plot: Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, The Help stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives—and a small Mississippi town—upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Viola Davis stars as Aibileen, Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, who is the first to open up—to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories—and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly—and unwillingly—caught up in the changing times.