As she sits in a makeup chair, wearing a terry-cloth robe while being prepped for her Bazaar photo shoot, it's clear that Stone has regained the seductive, sassy verve that has been her trademark since she fled her hometown in Pennsylvania at age 19 and signed with Ford Models in New York. They just think, Oh, she's fun! Cinemas in China threatened to boycott her films after she publicly speculated that the devastating May 2008 earthquake in Sichuan might have been karmic retribution for the country's treatment of Tibet. It's another thing to do it as a 52-year-old former superstar. As she recalls it, she felt unwell for three days before she went to the emergency room. The gambit worked: Shortly after the Playboy issue came out, director Paul Verhoeven cast her as the bisexual, crotch-flashing serial killer Catherine Trammel in the international hit Basic Instinct. That's just the way it is, so I'd better get humble and shut the fuck up and do the job.
I said, 'Am I dying? And it's a far better alternative than having your face cut apart and ending up looking like you got sucked into a wind tunnel. I'm wearing L'eggs panty hose, and in makeup they start out by putting this white primer on my face. I think they have questions about it because I have so many lesbian friends right now. I don't know what to do.
Today she still radiates the kind of natural, timeless beauty that commands a room. If I believed that sexy was trying to be who I was when I did Basic Instinct, then we'd all be having a hard day today. My brain isn't sitting where it used to, my body type changed, and even my food allergies are different. She says that at one point she woke up to find herself being wheeled into surgery and got into a screaming match with a doctor about alternative treatments.
I'm always on the side of a little less killing and a little more intelligence. Fashion Editor : Samantha Traina It's one thing for an actress to grapple with lesser roles while she's attempting to launch her career. She will be posing fully nude for this story, but she doesn't seem particularly anxious, having just eaten a brownie from the catering table. Because if I can't do this job, I'm certainly not going to be able to do anything else.
Only recently has Stone begun to talk openly about the brain hemorrhage and its crushing impact on her life. What did I do to deserve this? I can tell you that there wasn't one day on the shoot of Casino that Sharon didn't surprise me. Though you might not expect a card-carrying Buddhist to be endorsing hyaluronic acid gels, Stone—who used the fillers after her face was damaged by the stroke—says she favors them because they're far subtler than surgical procedures. Everybody pushes for the things they want. According to Stone, people in the industry then regarded her as the bookish, baggy clothes—wearing nerd she really is, and the shoot was a calculated attempt to recast her image.
. Well aware that perfection is an illusion at any age, Stone declares that today's nude shoot is actually easier for her to face than the Playboy series. If there's one area of Stone's life where she still sees lots of room for improvement, it's her love life. And that was a long shoot! It turned out she'd had a stroke, and she lost consciousness soon after being admitted. She also maintains a frank approach to her sex appeal, having done her first nude photo series in 1990, for Playboy, to galvanize her career. She emerged from the hospital stuttering, limping, and unable to read.
Among her new endeavors is a gig as spokesperson for the dermal filler Restylane. And I can be abrasively direct. Over the years she has cultivated multiple contradictory personae: bold seductress, nutty bookworm, serene Buddhist, skilled fund-raiser, and occasional loose cannon. What you're looking for, always, is not for someone to give you exactly what you envision but to surpass it, to use their own intelligence and instincts and imagination and talent to bring the character to life—actually, to get to a place where they're surprising themselves.
That's the way it was with Sharon. Morricone says that Stone's natural way with words has been enhanced by her years of exploring the nuances of dialogue as an actress. Surgeons ultimately repaired the artery with 22 platinum coils. You could lose the ability to speak soon. Over the next few years, her marriage to journalist Phil Bronstein fell apart, and she lost custody of their adopted son, Roan, then eight.
Although she didn't say a word in her 1980 film debut she was the blonde who blew a kiss to Woody Allen in Stardust Memories , Stone rose to megastardom after 1992's Basic Instinct, proving that she knew how to capitalize on her brains as well as her bone structure. At home her sons she adopted Laird, now 10, in 2005 and Quinn, now nine, in 2006; Roan, 15, visits often use traditional Himalayan singing bowls at the dinner table and are instructed to meditate during their time-outs. That scares people, but I think that's not my problem. At a certain point you start asking yourself, 'What really is sexy? The stroke and its aftermath transformed Stone in ways she's still discovering. They just think, Oh, she's fun! I chose to work very hard to open up other parts of my mind.