Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone have a lot in common: They’re both A-list stars, they both won Academy Awards in their twenties, and it seems like they both don’t have this whole hugging thing down yet.
The two actresses met up this week at Variety‘s studio while attending the Toronto International Film Festival, and while there, Variety captured a sweet yet awkward attempt to hug hello between the stars in an Instagram video that should make you feel a little better about your last less-than-graceful greeting. It looks like Lawerence went in for the hug before Stone was properly prepared, and the La La Land star’s quick lean back makes it appear she’s trying to get away from Lawrence as quickly as possible.
While the video might make it seem like these two celebs lack a meaningful connection (hence the greeting fumble), they’re actually close friends, brought together by a common co-star, Woody Harrelson (through The Hunger Games and Zombieland). Stone initiated the friendship by texting Lawrence, and Lawrence, true to form, replied, “F-ck off!” The two have been hanging out (and, probably, trading more colorful texts) ever since.
Lawrence and Stone both have films coming out this fall that are already gaining awards buzz. Stone will be starring in Battle of the Sexes, an incredibly timely film about sexism in sports and a tennis match of the same name played between legendary tennis player Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs (played by Steve Carell). Lawrence, meanwhile, appears as the title character in Mother! a mysterious film with a very creepy trailer from Black Swan director (and Lawrence’s boyfriend) Darren Aronofsky.
Maybe if the two stars start practicing their hugging skills now, they’ll be fully prepared for any potential congratulatory embraces that come up this awards season.