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08/10/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Actress Emma Stone is having a solid summer appearing opposite Ryan Gosling "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and dumping Justin Timberlake in "Friends with Benefits."

Now with her role in "The Help" as Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, an aspiring writer and college graduate, the actress explains why she chose to add on the role to her full acting roster.

"To be honest with you, I took the role because the story," Stone told George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company, at the premiere of the film on August 9. "I loved Skeeter and I loved these women and I loved this personal account. The social relevance came after. The realization of and learning about everything that happened on a daily basis in this era."

In the film, Stone's character was partially raised by black maids. She decides to write a book from the perspective of "the help," with the help of Aibileen (Viola Davis), Minnie (Octavia Spencer) and their peers.

"The Help" is based on a 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett. The movie hit theaters on Wednesday, August 10.

Another reason Stone signed up for the film? "The fact that we're still going through civil rights struggles today. So even though this story took place in 1963, there's still so much relevance," She added. "That has been incredibly exciting to talk about."

"You learn so much from this story and I learned so much from the book and from being a part of this and getting to live in Mississippi for three months," Stone said. "It was really an incredible experience."

Up next for Stone is a role as Peter Parker's blonde love interest Gwen Stacy in "The Amazing Spider-Man," opposite her rumored boyfriend, "The Social Network" actor Andrew Garfield.

Check out a trailer for "The Help" below.

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