Emma Stone reflects on 'hitting clunkers' during a tennis match with Billie Jean King, speaks out on gun control

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Who says you need to be athletic to portray a sports star? Certainly not Emma Stone!

The 27-year-old actress honored Billie Jean King, who she plays in the upcoming comedy-drama film, Battle of the Sexes, during LOGO's third annual Trailblazer Honors in New York City on Thursday, sharing a hilarious story detailing the time the two played tennis together.

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"When I began preparing for the role, Billie invited me to play some tennis," Stone told the crowd moments before presenting the Trailblazer Award to the 72-year-old former tennis pro. "Let me be clear about something, I was a complete novice -- at that point I'd had three lessons --and she, on the other hand, is one of the greatest players of all time. So, a fair match it was not."

"I kept hitting clunkers, of course," the Battle of the Sexes star continued, also noting that she remembered feeling frustrated at the time. "But Billie would just say, 'Forget the bad one. Focus on the next ball.'"

That saying stuck with Stone long after their match was over.

"What I lacked in tennis skills, I hope I made up for in my ability to connect with her essence and understand the greater lesson of what she was saying," she explained onstage. "Let go of the negative, stay open and positive -- the next ball might just be a good one.' I feel like that's something Billie has lived by her entire life."

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Stone now considers King a "friend" and feels inspired by her accomplishments both on and off the court.

"Even in the darkest times, [Billie] was always looking forward, visualizing a bigger, brighter, more inclusive future," Stone said. "And not just for women, not just for the LGBT community, but for anyone who ever felt marginalized."

During the ceremony, which was dedicated to the 49 people who died following a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month, Stone took a moment to give "love to the people of Orlando" and applaud members of Congress.

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"I want to thank the Representatives who held the floor of the House to demand common sense gun laws," she said, almost in tears. "I am sure I speak for everyone in this room when I tell you that we stand and sit in solidarity with you. I don't think it's ever been more important to celebrate the heroes of equality than right now, and that is what tonight is about."

Later, King took to Twitter to share a collage of pics from the event, including one of her and Stone, captioning it, "Thanks @LogoTV for a tremendous evening. It was a privilege to connect with so many trailblazers #lovenothate."

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Additional guests at the Trailblazer Honors, which air Saturday at 8 p.m. on LOGO and VH1, included Macklemore, Laverne Cox, Laura Jane Grace, Wilson Cruz, Jade Sotomayor, Mary Lambert, Rachel Platten, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Lance Bass.

As ET previously reported, LGBT groups, celebrities and public figures took to social media to pay tribute to those who died in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on June 12. To hear more about Orlando, watch the video above.

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US actors Emma Stone poses on the red carpet arriving to attend a special screening of the film Aloha in London on May 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
US actors Emma Stone (L) and Bradley Cooper pose at a photocall for their new film release Aloha in London on May 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Emma Stone poses as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Irrational Man' at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Emma Stone attends a press conference for the film 'Irrational Man' at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Jennifer Aniston and Emma Stone attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actress Emma Stone speaks onstage during the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actress Emma Stone arrives for the Oscars Nominees' Luncheon hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, February 2, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The 87th Oscars will take place in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Emma Stone attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Emma Stone attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Emma Stone attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Hosts An Official Academy Members Screening Of Birdman on October 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
US actress Emma Stone arrives for the screening of the movie 'Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance' presented in competition at the opening ceremony of the 71st Venice Film Festival on August 27, 2014 at Venice Lido. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: [EDITOR'S NOTE: Image has been digitally processed] Emma Stone attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Emma Stone attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Actors Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield attend the 'Magic In The Moonlight' premiere at the Paris Theater on July 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Actress Emma Stone speaks during the 17th Annual EIF Revlon Run Walk For Women on May 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for EIF Revlon Run Walk)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Emma Stone visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Actress Emma Stone attends 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Be Amazing Day Volunteer Day at I.S. 145 Joseph Pulitzer on April 25, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Actress Emma Stone visits The Empire State Building on April 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Actress Emma Stone and Spiderman visit The Empire State Building on April 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actress Emma Stone dawns a coat at 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actress Emma Stone attends 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actress Emma Stone attends 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actress Emma Stone of the cast of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' answers questions from fans during a SiriusXM 'Town Hall' special with host Jamie Foxx on SiriusXM's The Foxxhole channel at the SiriusXM Studio on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actors Andrew Garfield (L) and Emma Stone of the cast of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' answer questions from fans during a SiriusXM 'Town Hall' special with host Jamie Foxx on SiriusXM's The Foxxhole channel at the SiriusXM Studio on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
HIALEAH, FL - APRIL 22: (L-R) Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield attend Be Amazing 2014 Miami at Hialeah Gardens Elementary on April 22, 2014 in Hialeah, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Columbia Pictures)
HIALEAH, FL - APRIL 22: Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone attend Be Amazing 2014 Miami at Hialeah Gardens Elementary on April 22, 2014 in Hialeah, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Columbia Pictures)
HIALEAH, FL - APRIL 22: Emma Stone attends Be Amazing 2014 Miami at Hialeah Gardens Elementary on April 22, 2014 in Hialeah, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Columbia Pictures)
HIALEAH, FL - APRIL 22: Emma Stone attends Be Amazing 2014 Miami at Hialeah Gardens Elementary on April 22, 2014 in Hialeah, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Columbia Pictures)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 15: Emma Stone attends the 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' Berlin Premiere at CineStar on April 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 15: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield attend the 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' Berlin Premiere at CineStar on April 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 15: (L-R) Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield attend the 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' Berlin Photocall at Sony Centre on April 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)
American actress Emma Stone poses before the premiere of the film 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' in Rome on April 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - APRIL 14: Actress Emma Stone attends 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' Rome Premiere at The Space Moderno Cinema on April 14, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - APRIL 14: Actress Emma Stone attends 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' Rome Photocall at Grand Hotel St Regis on April 14, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - APRIL 14: Actress Emma Stone attends 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' Rome Photocall at Grand Hotel St Regis on April 14, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)
US actress Emma Stone arrives for the French premiere of 'The Amazing Spiderman', in Paris on April 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Emma Stone attends the World Premiere of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' at Odeon Leicester Square on April 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
US actress Emma Stone (L) talks on the red carpet with US-British actor Andrew Garfield (R) arriving to attend the world film premiere of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' in central London on April 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Actress Emma Stone attends the Amazing Spider-Man 2 Cast and Filmmaker photocall at the Park Plaza Hotel on April 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Sony)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Actors Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx attend the Amazing Spider-Man 2 Cast and Filmmaker photocall at the Park Plaza Hotel on April 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Sony)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 31: Actors Emma Stone (L) and Andrew Garfield speak to each other as they attend 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' press conference on March 31, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 31: Emma Stone attends 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' press conference on March 31, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - MARCH 29: Emma Stone of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' attends the Earth Hour Kick-Off with Spider-Man, The First Super Hero Ambassador for Earth Hour, the global movement organized By WWF (World Wide Fund For Nature) on March 29, 2014 in Singapore. #spiderman (Photo by Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Sony)
SINGAPORE - MARCH 29: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Director Marc Webb of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' attend the Earth Hour Kick-Off with Spider-Man, The First Super Hero Ambassador for Earth Hour, the global movement organized By WWF (World Wide Fund For Nature) on March 29, 2014 in Singapore. #spiderman (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Sony)
SINGAPORE - MARCH 29: Emma Stone of 'The Amazing Spider-Man attends the Earth Hour Kick-Off with Spider-Man, the first super hero ambassador for Earth Hour, the global movement organized by WWF (World Wide Fund For Nature) on March 29, 2014 in Singapore. (Photo by Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Sony)
SINGAPORE - MARCH 26: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield attend 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Singapore Fan Event at Marina Bay Sands on March 26, 2014 in Singapore. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Sony)
SINGAPORE - MARCH 26: Emma Stone attends 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Singapore Fan Event at Marina Bay Sands on March 26, 2014 in Singapore. (Photo by Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Sony)
SINGAPORE - MARCH 26: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield attend 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Singapore Fan Event at Marina Bay Sands on March 26, 2014 in Singapore. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Sony)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield at 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' photocall on March 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Emma Stone at 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' photocall on March 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images)
Actress Emma Stone poses for photographers during a photo call of the movie Spider Man 2, in Rome, Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Emma Stone arrives at the premiere of "Magic In The Moonlight" on Thursday, July 16, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress Emma Stone and boyfriend actor Andrew Garfield attend the "Magic In The Moonlight" premiere, hosted by Dolce & Gabbana, at the Paris Theatre on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Emma Stone attends the 17th annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women on Saturday, May 3, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Emma Stone visits ABC's Good Morning America in New York City on April 29, 2014. Credit: RW/MediaPunch
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Emma Stone visits ABC's Good Morning America in New York City on April 29, 2014. Credit: RW/MediaPunch
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: Emma Stone arrives for the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on July 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: Emma Stone arrives for the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on July 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Emma Stone attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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