If you’re eyeing a period costume for Halloween this year, heed Emma Stone‘s advice from the set of her latest film: Skip the historically accurate corset, no matter how historically accurate it may be.
Stone appeared on The Graham Norton Show show to promote her new film, The Favourite, in which she plays a member of Queen Anne’s court in 18th-century England. Getting into character apparently required that Stone wear a corset during filming, which had some unintended consequences. According to the actor, the corset caused her internal organs to move in her body—and it was very unpleasant.
“After about a month, my organs shifted because they have to,” Stone said in the interview. Her costumes, she said, pushed her organs far away from her ribs, and changed the shape of her body. “It was only temporary, but it was gross.” You can hear her describe the transformation in a clip from her interview, below.
Shaping her body to 18th-century standards was a miserable experience for Stone. “It’s historically accurate, but I couldn’t fucking breathe!” she said of her costume. She developed a maneuver for making the corset feel somewhat wearable: She’d sniff menthol to calm down and think of “open spaces” while wearing it.
Stone joked about the effects of wearing a corset day in and day out—making it her first “corset role”—for filming. “It gives a new meaning to ‘my heart’s in my throat,'” she laughed. It also made her thankful for changes in women’s fashion since the 1700s—specifically, doing away with devices that shape women’s bodies to unrealistic standards.
“Women existed in that for such a long time and it does give you a lot of sympathy for that time period, what you were going through,” she said.
Stone says her organs have, thankfully, “gone back” to their usual positioning since wrapping the film and taking off her corset for good. Even with coping tactics, Stone doesn’t recommend wearing a corset—ever.
“If you don’t have to, don’t do it,” she said. Noted.