The 'Spider-Man' star meditates and puts down roots in Manhattan.

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NEW YORK – If Emma Stone is roiling on the inside, or frenzied or otherwise freaking out, she's hiding it well.

Stone is, after all, Gwen Stacy to Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker in today's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, one of the summer's biggest potential blockbusters. After six weeks of criss-crossing the world promoting the film, she swears that she's nearing a state of delirium. Only she's the image of composure sitting in an SUV with tinted windows, en route to a middle school in Queens.

"I just started meditating in January. It's changing my life completely. I'm pretty into it. Once or twice a day, I meditate. That has been the best thing for my mind," she says.

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At only 25, Stone has emerged as one of the most admired actresses working today. Like Jennifer Lawrence, she's honest and outspoken and seems unfazed by all the scrutiny heaped upon her. And like Lawrence, she has managed to retain something of herself amidst the madness of promoting a massive film. She asks about your kid, about motherhood, and takes a long moment to gush about her girl-crush Idina Menzel, who was nearby during an audition that Stone had when she was 16. "I was such a Broadway fanatic. She was in the other room and I couldn't get through the audition. That was the only time I could physically not audition," says Stone, still geeking out breathlessly almost a decade later.

When told that she seems to camouflage any existing nervousness well, Stone dissents. "I get so anxious privately," she says, making a face.

Stone says she's in a better place today than when she made her superhero debut in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man. She's settling down in Manhattan, spending this summer being a homebody at the new place she bought downtown.

"I didn't have a house for the past year. I had been renting in New York for about four years. I've been living out of hotels. I'm so excited. Forming a routine will help me feel a little less nuts. It's disorienting to not have a home," she says. "Forming a routine has been so hard over the last year and a half."

But she seems so confident, so easily self-assured. It's all an act, says Stone. And being zen helps her stay on track. "For some reason, it's never worked for me before, I'm able to separate who I actually am from the box of rats that's going around in my head. Your thought process is not who you are. That's separate monkey chatter mode," she says.

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