Emma Stone was truly a champ when it came to preparing for her role as tennis legend Billie Jean King in the upcoming film Battle of the Sexes (Sept. 22).
The Oscar-winning actress transformed her body into an athlete’s with the help of her trainer, Jason Walsh, who also got her in shape for La La Land.
Prior to training, “Emma was pretty light and had a very petite, dancer-type body,” Walsh tells WHO. “I wanted to put some weight on her, some muscle on her. We really shifted the diet plan. She started taking in more good, healthy calories.” The intensity of workouts shifted as well, he said. “We started doing training geared toward getting more weight and muscle on her, so it was a little more believable onscreen, and also for her mind and her character.”
And while Stone tells WHO she committed to “about three months” of weight training to play King, the tennis legend stayed in shape while playing professionally.
“It was wild because you weren’t really working out,” Stone says in a double talk interview with King in this week’s WHO. “When you were my age, you were just playing tennis. You looked like that because you were mostly playing tennis.”
King also said her toned physique came from being “naturally muscular,” adding, “I wish I had arms like I did.” To which Stone replied, “I wish I had arms like you did!”
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