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08/10/2011 by Olivia Allin

Emma Stone maintains modesty in interviews, telling OnTheRedCarpet.com that she never felt totally confident that she could play Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan in "The Help," despite the increasingly loud Oscar buzz surrounding the actress.

"I still don't know if I could be Skeeter," Stone told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a recent press junket. "I knew I wanted to play Skeeter from reading the script and reading the book. I knew that I understood facets of Skeeter, but it was Tate who gave me that opportunity. I don't think there has ever been a day where I felt 'I know I can do this for a fact,' that's never been something in my [head]."

In "The Help," Stone plays Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, an aspiring writer and college graduate who was partially raised by a black maid in 1960s Mississippi. 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.

When Entertainment Tonight asked Stone about the Oscar buzz, she joked, "Oh, is that what that is? I thought that was a fly. Well, it hasn't even come out yet, so I hope that people just come to see the movie and enjoy it."

"The Help" is based on a 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett. It also stars Bryce Dallas Howard of "Twilight" fame, whose character acts snotty around the "help."

Stone has cemented herself as the summer's hottest actress, appearing opposite Ryan Gosling in "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and dumping Justin Timberlake in "Friends with Benefits." The 22-year-old actress will also play Peter Parker's blonde love interest Gwen Stacy in "The Amazing Spider-Man," opposite her rumored boyfriend, "The Social Network" actor Andrew Garfield.

Stone and her equally in-demand fellow actress Olivia Wilde were named beauty ambassadors for Revlon cosmetics on Wednesday. Their first campaigns will appear in early 2012, according to People magazine.

Stone rose to fame with the teen comedy films "Superbad" in 2007 and "Easy A" in 2010, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

Check out a trailer for "The Help" below.

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