“The two held hands the entire time,” an insider told PEOPLE. “Emma sipped ginger ale and snuggled next to her man. They seemed so in love and happy.”
As for the menu, “he ordered food and she didn’t,” the source revealed, adding that “he fed a couple of bites into her mouth.”
As director Marc Webb mentioned, love is in the air between the two, who began dating after the film wrapped production last summer.
“We screen-tested Andrew and Emma, and they were just alive. They come from very different backgrounds,” Webb said.
“Andrew had done these very intense dramatic backgrounds … and Emma had come from this great Judd Apatow, humorous improvisational comedy background. But they’re both very grounded actors.”
The chemistry between the two is evident even in the movie, as many critics have highlighted the film’s romantic relationship as its main strength.
Times critic Kenneth Turan, for one, said of the young couple: “The times these two interact on screen are all they’re supposed to be.”
“Chemistry is kind of an indefinable thing,” Stone explained to E! News‘ Alicia Quarles. “That’s either there or it’s not. It’s kind of instantaneous or it isn’t. So it was nice that we had that kind of thing from the beginning.”
Stone said she believes that the romance will attract girls leery of seeing an action-heavy superhero film to theaters.
“One of the greatest things about the character of Gwen is that she’s Peter’s equal,” the actress said. “It’s a first love that feels palpable because it’s so uncomfortable a lot of the time.”
Meanwhile, she compares her Spiderman-playing beau to Meryl Streep, when discussing her to the multiple Oscar-winning legend over their approaches to movies, writes Entertainment Wise.
Stone said of her boyfriend: “He does so much work and so much preparation beforehand into figuring out who his character is that he can exist in any circumstance.”
“You can do improv with him and ask him what his [character’s] history was here, here, here and here. Or, what he’s going to do tomorrow and he can answer it in character. He knows that character like the back of his hand.”
She continued: “I’m not saying he’s like Meryl Streep, but that’s the way she works. She does so much preparation at home that you just show up and you get to be free because you know the character so well. So, Andrew and Meryl, hand in hand.”
As for Garfield, he confessed that he has dreamed of playing the favorite character since he was a little boy, so when the dream finally come true, the pressure of the role nearly overwhelmed him:
“Before, it was just pure fantasy. Suddenly, I had to embody that character for a generation of kids. And I wanted to so desperately do it well and inspire kids to be better to each other and to themselves through doing that.”
He said in another interview: “I’ve been wanting to be Spider-Man since I was 3—and I’m still not Spider-Man, I’m the actor playing him—but I read the series, I loved the movies, all of it I’ve been a huge fan of since I was very, very young. It’s meant a lot to me.”