Emma Stone, who is playing tennis legend Billie Jean King in the upcoming film "Battle of the Sexes," gave a heartfelt tribute — and an award — to King at this year's Logo/VH1 Trailblazer Honors event.
Stone took the stage to praise King's optimism and hard work in becoming both a sports icon and an inspiration to LGBT people as one of the first openly lesbian pro athletes.
In the clip, Emma recalls playing tennis with King as a complete novice, but feeling safe after receiving King's advice: "Forget the bad one. Focus on the next ball." Emma says this motto is what carried King through a period when being an out lesbian in sports was frowned upon. "Billie Jean served to serve — and that's what makes her a true trailblazer."
Watch the video!
Trailblazer Honors, dedicated to honoring LGBT people who have been pioneers in the struggle for equality, will air tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on both Logo and VH1.