Julie Jordan
October 27, 2014 12:00 PM

Emma Stone claims she doesn’t believe in guilty pleasures.”I don’t want to feel guilty!” she says, laughing. Then she fesses up to one: astrology. “I know way too much about it, and it’s ridiculous,” adds the actress. “I know it’s not real … but it could be. We don’t know!”

What is certain is that 2014 is turning out to be a very good year for Stone. There’s Oscar buzz for her role in the new dark comedy Birdman, and she’ll also make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret next month. Both roles are “terrifying but fun,” says Stone, 25—and far edgier than her Spider-Man sweetheart persona. For Birdman she tackled long takes and raw emotions as Michael Keaton’s fresh-out-of-rehab daughter. “She’s really struggling,” says Stone of the character. “It’s heartbreaking.” Director Alejandro González Iñárritu says Stone “nailed it. She helped me make the character better.” With Cabaret, “singing and dancing eight times a week?” Stone says, “I’m scared s—less! But I’ve wanted to play that part since I was, strangely, 9 years old, which is way too young.”

Now busy with rehearsals, Stone appreciates moments away from the spotlight, all the more so since she began dating her Spider-Man costar Andrew Garfield in 2011. In 10 years, she says, she hopes for a “family, peace, a home and challenging work.” For now her dream day off involves reading, catching a movie or walking along the nearby Hudson River. “To not leave the couch would be a great plan!” With any luck, it’s in the stars.

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