Emma Stone, Billie Jean King Talk Tennis, New Movie and Courage

COURTSIDE CHAT: “She [Billie Jean King] taught me you don’t have to be perfect to be great,” said Emma Stone, speaking on a panel Tuesday night, along with King, Shonda Rhimes and Valerie Faris, director of the new movie, “Battle of the Sexes,” which stars Stone. The panel was moderated by Amy Emmerich, chief content officer of Refinery29.
The film, which comes out Friday and premiered at the School of Visual Arts, is the true story of the 1973 tennis match between King, the world’s number-one female player, and ex-champion and hustler Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carell.
The movie explores many important social issues — the wage gap, sexism, sexuality and identity — all of which continue to be relevant today. “I think it will take another 175 years to be equal,” said King. The 28-year-old Stone said she hopes that everybody sees the movie, but probably the most important would be “my generation and younger.”
The influence of sports in women’s lives, the advances since Title IX, and the importance of teamwork figured prominently in both the movie and the discussion.
“Sports are a microcosm of society,” said King, who described growing up and playing tennis at a Los Angeles club. Everyone was

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Emma Stone, Billie Jean King Talk Tennis, New Movie and Courage

Emma Stone, Billie Jean King Talk Tennis, New Movie and Courage

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