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Emma Stone: I suck at teaching Twitter!

Published 15/07/2015

Emma Stone
Emma Stone

Emma Stone has laughed about her unsuccessful attempt to teach Woody Allen about Twitter.

The actress has appeared in several of the veteran director's movies, with their latest offering Irrational Man due out in America later this month.

They have developed a strong friendship thanks to their time together on set, so when Woody wanted to fully understand the concept of Twitter he turned to the 26-year-old for help.

"I had to explain Twitter to him. I [was] kind of telling him, 'It’s 140 characters, you have to write these sentences. I don’t really understand the point unless you are a musician advertising a gig or you are comedian doing one liners," she told US TV host Conan O'Brien.

"He said, 'Well what's a good example?' And so I went on it and I looked and I said, 'Oh do you know Joyce Carol Oates?' He said, 'Yeah, I know her personally.' 'Oh course, 'cos you're Woody Allen.' I was looking and thought here's a great one, she wrote, 'Tragedy plus time equals comedy.' He goes, 'That's my line.'"

It turns out the sentence was from the star's 1989 flick Crimes and Misdemeanors, which is about a group of people whose tangled love lives are threatening to be unveiled.

Woody explained to Emma that the line was said about 40 times, musing that could be why it had stuck with Joyce.

"'I don’t think she intentionally stole my line, maybe she just remembered,'" Emma recalled him saying with a laugh. "'But it is very funny. I see the point, I see.'

"My only example was his own quote. That’s probably another reason why he should be on Twitter."

The actress probably wasn't the best person to give Woody Twitter tips, as she isn't on the social networking website herself. In fact she doesn't use any of them as she isn't sure they benefit society in any way.

“It's that need to be liked, that need to be seen, that need to be validated, in a way, through no one that you know," she said of social media during a panel discussion last year. "And so people ask the question about fame, or what it feels like, and it seems like everybody knows what that feels like. It seems like everyone's cultivating their lives on Instagram or on different forms of social media, and what pictures looks best of their day.

"It's this very modern ‘keeping up with the Joneses'."

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