Emma Stone gets mentally prepped for work by listening to inspiring songs. The 26-year-old actress is currently portraying iconic character Sally Bowles in Cabaret on Broadway.

And Emma finds hearing certain tunes to be the perfect way to prep for the jazzy musical.

‘I’m listening to Radio Nova, which is this retro-feeling online French radio station. I don’t understand what anybody’s saying, but the music is so good that it just makes me feel perfectly misplaced,’ she explained to Entertainment Weekly. ‘I listen to that in my dressing room, which I don’t think anyone else appreciates, but I do. I’ve been watching this rare, live performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland on YouTube, and I play It’s Only a Paper Moon by Ella Fitzgerald a lot. That song just makes me think of Sally Bowles. I have a huge paper moon in my dressing room with [co-star] Alan Cumming’s face in it. I also read Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories before I go on each night. It’s what the play is based on, so I reread different Sally portions to re-remind me of the person I’m playing.’

Emma, who has also appeared in hit films like The Help, Birdman and Zombieland in the past, has long utilised music to aid her in professional pursuits.

On the set of The Help, she incorporated indie rock into her daily schedule. ‘Every day I drove to set in a yellow Volkswagen Beetle and I would listen to Sleigh Bells really, really loud to wake myself up,’ Emma recalled.

‘B.B. King is from right around where we were filming, and there was always great Mississippi Delta music playing. I remember one particularly hilarious night where I watched Almost Famous with [co-stars] Chris Lowell and Ahna O’Reilly. Chris and I lived together during this movie and we decided to learn how to fox-trot off of some random DVD for no reason.’