Andrew Garfield Reveals How He Fell for Emma Stone

The actor gushes about his The Amazing Spider-Man costar: "She keeps you on your toes and that wakes you up."

The story of how Andrew Garfield fell for Emma Stone is a simple tale of love at first sight. As early as the audition process for The Amazing Spider-Man, Garfield knew there was something special about his potential leading lady.

The English actor reveals that he instantly felt a connection with Stone, who was trying out to play Peter Parker's love interest, Gwen Stacy.

"We got on really well as people, in between [takes]," Garfield, 28, told MTV News. "That was the fun stuff: In between, we'd just mess around and I felt, 'Ah, this is different.' I wasn't really aware of what was happening in the screen test. She keeps you on your toes and that wakes you up. That was the beginning."

So it wasn't surprising to Garfield that he felt thrilled and relieved when Stone, 23, accepted the part of Gwen.

"Obviously I was so happy that she got the role and decided to do it," he said. "Those are the days I'd look forward to, you know? For [my character] Peter as well, because Peter goes through some horrible stuff in the movie. There's some joy to be had when experiencing his first love."

That love extended beyond the screen for the duo, who kept their new relationship a secret when it began last summer. According to Us Weekly, neither actor wanted to flaunt their romance when they had each recently broken things off with someone -- Stone from Kieran Culkin and Garfield from Raising Hope actress Shannon Woodward, whom he dated for three years.

Last September, Stone opened up to Teen Vogue about her leading man.

"Andrew is one of the most giving actors I've ever worked with," she said. "If I needed to get to a place of love or sadness in a scene, he'd leave messages on my phone to replay, or slip in lines off camera for a different reaction than what was scripted. He gave me so much to react to."

The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters July 3.

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