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  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

  • >> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU KNOW MY NEXT GUEST FROM "THE HELP,"

  • "SPIDER-MAN," AND HER OSCAR-WINNING PERFORMANCE IN "LA

  • LA LAND."

  • SHE NOW STARS AS TENNIS STAR BILLIE JEAN KING IN "BATTLE OF

  • THE SEXES."

  • >> HOW ABOUT THIS?

  • MAN VERSUS WOMAN.

  • MALE CHAUVINIST PIG VERSUS HAIRY LEGGED FEMINIST-- NO OFFENSE.

  • YOU'RE STILL A FEMINIST, RIGHT?

  • >> NO, I'M A TENNIS PLAYER WHO HAPPENS TO BE A WOMAN.

  • >> THAT'S RIGHT.

  • THAT'S EXACTLY WHO YOU ARE.

  • AND I AM A TENNIS PLAYER WHO HAPPENS TO BE A MAN WHO SAYS

  • THAT HE CAN BEAT ANY WOMAN ON THE PLANET.

  • THINK OF THE PUBLICITY WE GET.

  • THINK OF THE MONEY.

  • >> NO.

  • >> 35 GRAND.

  • >> WHERE DID YOU GET THAT KIND OF MONEY?

  • >> YOU SEE, YOU SEE.

  • YOU'RE TEMPTED.

  • >> I'M REALLY NOT.

  • I'M NOT INTERESTED, BOAB, GOOD NIGHT.

  • >> DON'T HANG UP.

  • DON'T HANG UP.

  • >> BY THE WAY, I SHAVE MY LEGS.

  • >> Stephen: PLEASE WELCOME EMMA STONE.

  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ♪ ♪ ♪

  • >> Stephen: HI.

  • >> HI!

  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) WHO WAS THAT?

  • >> Stephen: WHO WAS THAT?

  • >> WHO WAS THAT BEFORE?

  • >> Stephen: THAT WAS A WOMAN WHO FILLED ME WITH A LOT OF

  • HOPE.

  • >> YEAH.

  • ME, TOO.

  • THAT WAS-- THIS IS A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW.

  • THAT WAS UNBELIEVABLE.

  • >> Stephen: IT ABSOLUTELY IS.

  • >> OH, MY GOD.

  • >> Stephen: IT ABSOLUTELY IS.

  • DID YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO TALK TO HER BACKSTAGE?

  • >> I DID, YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: HOVEL TO MEET YOU.

  • NICE TO HAVE YOU ON THE SHOW >> AND REALLY NICE TO MEET YOU,

  • THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME, THE SAME NIGHT AS HILLARY CLINTON.

  • >> Stephen: I AM OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES

  • BETWEEN BILLIE JEAN KING AND BOBBY RIGGS.

  • IT'S HARD TO CONVEY TO EVERYBODY NOW WHAT A GIANT MEDIA EVENT

  • THIS WAS.

  • IT WAS A CIRCUS.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: EXPLAIN TO THE PEOPLE WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED.

  • >> SO IT TOOK PLACE TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 20, 1973, 44 YEARS

  • AGO.

  • AND BOBBY RIGGS WAS 55 YEARS OLD.

  • BILLIE JEAN KING WAS 29.

  • SHE WAS PRETTY MUCH THE NUMBER ONE FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER IN THE

  • WORLD.

  • AND HE CHALLENGED HER TO A TRUE BATTLE OF THE SEXES AND 90

  • MILLION PEOPLE WATCHED.

  • AND IT WAS-- IT WAS AN ENORMOUS TENNIS MATCH.

  • IT WAS, LIKE, A HUGE ENTERTAINMENT SPECTACLE.

  • BUT IT WAS ALSO A HUGE CATALYST FOR A LOT OF SOCIAL CHANGE.

  • AND BILLIE JEAN HAS, OBVIOUSLY, BECOME ONE OF THE MOST

  • RECOGNIZABLE FIGURES, I THINK, IN THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY THAT

  • WE HAVE TODAY.

  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) >> Stephen: IT SOUNDS LEAK A

  • SILLY THING ON A CERTAIN LEVEL.

  • >> YEAH, YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: ON A CERTAIN LEVEL TSOUNDS LIKE A SILLY THING, KIND

  • OF AN OLDER, SORT OF WASHED-OUT TENNIS PLAYER CHALLENGING A

  • 29-YEAR-OLD WOMAN TO PROVE-- WHAT DID HE SAY?

  • WOMEN SHOULD BE-- BELONG IN THE BEDROOM AND THE KITCHEN.

  • >> BEDROOM AND THE KITCHEN, YEAH.

  • >> Stephen?

  • THAT ORDER.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: AND PEOPLE WERE LITERALLY TAKING SIDES ON A REAL

  • CULTURAL BATTLEGROUND HERE.

  • HELIREADY'S ♪ I AM WOMAN

  • HEAR ME ROARWAS KIND OF THE ANTHEM OF THE

  • TIME AND OF THAT MATCH.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: AND SHE SMOKED HIM.

  • >> SHE SMOKED HIM.

  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) IN THREE STRAIGHT SETS, YUP.

  • >> Stephen: YEAH.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: SHE KILLED HIM.

  • AS A MATTER OF FACT, I SEE BACKSTAGE YOU ACTUALLY-- THERE

  • ARE T-SHIRTS THAT HAVE BILLIE JEAN KING ON IT WITH THE SCORE

  • 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

  • >> CAN I ALSO POINT SOMETHING OUT BEYOND THIS VERY COOL PHOTO.

  • I GET A CHANCE TO MEET HILLARY CLINTON, WHICH IS UNFATHOMABLE

  • AND INCREDIBLE.

  • AND I LOOK LIKE I'M NUDE.

  • >> Stephen: THIS IS-- THIS IS THE TWO OF THEM BACKSTAGE

  • HOLDING UP THESE COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRTS IN FRONT OF THEM.

  • AND IT DOES-- ( LAUGHTER )

  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) IT DOES LOOK LIKE YOU'RE

  • TOPLESS.

  • >> REALLY?

  • LIKE...

  • >> Stephen: YEAH.

  • >> YOU HAD ONE SHOT!

  • LOUVRE LAUGH WHATEVER.

  • >> Stephen: BOBBY RIGGS IN THIS MOVIE IS PLAYED BY OUR

  • FRIEND STEVE CARELL.

  • >> YES.

  • >> Stephen: WHAT A JERK, HUH?

  • >> OH, MY GOD.

  • >> Stephen: UNBELIEVABLE.

  • >> YOU COULD NOT MEET A CRUELER MAN THAN STEVE CARELL.

  • >> Stephen: IS THIS THE FIRST TIME YOU PLAYED A LIVING PERSON?

  • >> YES.

  • >> Stephen: SO HERE ARE YOU, YOU ACTUALLY WENT-- WAS THIS THE

  • U.S. OPEN?

  • >> YES, THIS WAS THE U.S. OPEN, THIS WAS LAST WEEKEND.

  • >> Stephen: YOU WITH BILLIE JEAN KING.

  • >> YEAH, UNREAL.

  • >> Stephen: A LOVELY, REALLY FUNNY PERSON, TOO.

  • >> SHE'S FANTASTIC.

  • SHE'S THE BIGGEST SPITFIRE.

  • >> Stephen: WHAT IS IT LIKE GOING TO SEE A TENNIS MATCH WITH

  • HER, LIKE EATING DINNER WITH JULIA CHILD OR GOING TO A

  • CONCERT WITH PAUL McCARTNEY.

  • >> ESSENTIALLY.

  • IN THE PHOTO-- THERE ARE OF TWO OF US SITTING THERE.

  • THERE WAS NO ONE ON THE OTHER SIDE THERE, SO SHE DID LIVE

  • COMNITARY WITHOUT ANY PAUSES IN MY EAR FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THE

  • MATCH.

  • >> Stephen: THAT WAS A THUMBS-UP ON THAT?

  • >> IT WAS PRETTY INCREDIBLE.

  • BUT THE THING IS THAT BEFORE I PLAYED BILLIE JEAN, I WAS NOT--

  • I WAS NOT AN ATHLETE BY ANY MEANS AT ALL.

  • AND MY YOUNGER BROTHER WAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL QUARTERBACK.

  • >> Stephen: YOU FOLLOW SPORTS OR ANYTHING?

  • >> NO, NO.

  • ( LAUGHTER ) AND SO I WOULD GO-- I WENT TO A

  • GAME-- SOMEONE GOT ATTACKED AND I WAS LIKE, "FUMBLE!"

  • SO TO HAVE SOMEONE-- ONE OF THE GREATEST ATHLETES OF ALL TIME

  • TALKING TO YOU ABOUT A SPORT-- WHICH, THANKFULLY, I KNOW A LOT

  • MORE ABOUT TENNIS, NOW, OF COURSE, THANE EVER HAVE

  • FOOTBALL.

  • >> Stephen: SURE.

  • >> BUT I WAS LIKE, THIS IS SLIGHTLY LOST ON ME IN SOME

  • WAYS.

  • >> Stephen: BUT I'VE SEEN SOME OF THE FOOTAGE --

  • >> I'M A (BLEEP).

  • IT WAS GREAT-- SORRY.

  • ( LAUGHTER ) ( APPLAUSE ).

  • >> Stephen: BUT I'VE SEEN THE FOOTAGE.

  • I MEAN, YOU'RE REALLY SERVING.

  • LIKE-- >> IT WAS BOOT CAMP.

  • IT WAS TRUE BOOT CAMP IN LTO PLAY TENNIS.

  • I ALSO HAD THE MOST INCREDIBLE DOUBLE AND COACH AND TRAINER AND

  • IT WAS, LIKE, A WHOLE TEAM OF PEOPLE THAT WERE SO HELPFUL.

  • BUT IT WAS SOME SERIOUS TENNIS.

  • >> Stephen: YOUR BROTHER'S ON THE TEAM, BUT YOU'RE NOT INTO

  • SPORTS AT ALL.

  • THEATER CLUB?

  • >> I WAS-- I DID IMPROV.

  • >> Stephen: YOU DID IMPROV.

  • >> I DID IMPROV.

  • >> Stephen: OKAY.

  • >> AND, LIKE, A LITTLE BIT OF SKETCH STUFF WHEN I WAS A KID.

  • >> Stephen: UH-HUH.

  • >> AND I MOVED TO L.A. PRETTY YOUNG.

  • >> Stephen: PRETTY YOUNG.

  • HOW OLD WERE YOU?

  • >> I WAS 15 WHEN I MOVED.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S REALLY YOUNG.

  • >> YEAH, REALLY YOUNG.

  • >> Stephen: WOW, SO, LIKE, SIX YEARS AGO OR SOMETHING.

  • >> IT WAS SIX YEARS AGO!

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  • YES.

  • IT'S ABOUT TO BE SIX YEARS.

  • >> Stephen: ABOUT TO BE SIX YEARS.

  • >> ABOUT TO BE SIX YEARS.

  • >> Stephen: YOU CAN EXPLAIN-- CAN YOU EXPLAIN THIS TO ME?

  • WHAT IS HAPPENING?

  • THIS IS-- HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU DREW THIS

  • ( LAUGHTER ).

  • >> SO I WAS NINE.

  • I WAS IN-- I WAS IN THERAPY AT THAT TIME.

  • ( LAUGHTER ) THIS WAS-- I DREW THIS AT

  • THERAPY.

  • THIS IS ME, I GUESS, WITH REALLY-- IT'S GREAT ARTISTRY,

  • WITH MY SHOES.

  • AND THEN THIS IS ANXIETY HERE.

  • >> Stephen: RIGHT DOWN HERE.

  • >> IT'S A LITTLE GREEN MONSTER THAT LOOKS A LITTLE BIT LIKE

  • SOMEONE BACKSTAGE SAID A UTERUS, WITH SOME OVARIES.

  • ( LAUGHTER ).

  • >> Stephen: UH-HUH.

  • >> BUT I DIDN'T MEAN FOR IT TO BE HORMONALLY RELATED IN ANY

  • WAY.

  • LIKE I SAID, I WAS NINE.

  • >> Stephen: LET'S FOLLOW THAT FEELING.

  • LET'S FOLLOW THAT FEELING.

  • WHERE DOES THAT TAKE YOU?

  • >> I WAS A VERY, VERY, VERY ANXIOUS CHILD, AND I HAD A LOT

  • OF PANIC ATTACKS AND I BENEFITED IN A BIG WAY FROM THERAPY.

  • >> Stephen: THIS WAS NINE YEARS OLD?

  • >> YES, I START AT SEVEN.

  • >> Stephen: DOES THE ACTING HELP WITH YOU THE ANXIETY?

  • >> IT HELPED ME SO MUCH.

  • IMPROV HELPED ME SO MUCH.

  • I STILL HAVE ANXIETY TO THIS DAY.

  • NOT ( KNOCKS ON DESK" PANIC ATTACK

  • S.

  • >> Stephen: I HAD ONE ON NOVEMBER 8--

  • >> SO DID I.

  • >> Stephen: I FIND PERFORMING HELPS ME A LOT EVERY NIGHT.

  • >> DO YOU EVER GET ANXIOUS?

  • >> OH, REALLY-- I HAD, WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, NOT NINE, BUT

  • YOUNGER, I HAD ANXIETY ATTACKS AND CURL UP ON THE COUCH

  • BACKSTAGE AT SECOND CITY, DON'T TALK TO ME, AND I WOULD HEAR MY

  • CUE AND WALK ON STAGE BUT YOU GET ON STAGE AND YOU FEEL FINE.

  • >> TO BRING IT BACK AROUND, BILLIE JEAN WAS TELL ME SHE WAS

  • GOING THROUGH SO MUCH IN HER LIFE, WHICH IS WHAT THE MOVIE

  • WAS ABOUT, SO MUCH ANGST, AND SHE WOULD WALK OUT ON THE COURT.

  • >> Stephen: SHOW TIME, FOLKS.

  • >> SHOW TIME, FOLK S.

  • >> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE "BATTLE OF THE

  • SEXES" IS IN THEATERS THIS FRIDAY.

  • EMMA STONE, EVERYBODY.

  • WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH SOME VERY, VERY, VERY SOFT PORN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

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