From the teen star of the Twilight movies to the first American actress to ever win France’s prestigious Céasar Award — Kristen Stewart has become one of the most mesmerizing performers working today. She’s also one of the most candid. This month, Stewart gave a revealing interview to Variety, discussing both her personal life and her career. Here are some of the best quotes.
On being scrutinized by the media as a kid:
The amount of tumultuous growing up I’ve had to do in front of everyone is awesome. For somebody who is super-sensitive and cagey, it’s the perfect place for me to be thrust into, because I’m like, ‘Oh my f—ing God. Now I have to live in a f—ing bounce house and stand and say, “‘No, I deserve to be here.” ’
On the Twilight sequels:
There was a fear that drove why we were there. There wasn’t a cohesiveness. I think they ended up OK, because there was still individual passion. They are a little splattered against the wall — but they are trying.
On box office dud The Huntsman: Winter War (the sequel to the Stewart-led Snow White and the Huntsman):
I read a few scripts. None of them were good. None of them were greenlight-able. And I had a meeting with Universal about the places where the story could go. Maybe Chris [Hemsworth] was more into it. I actually don’t f—ing know.
On her 2012 affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders and how “the scandal” had nothing to do with her absence from the sequel:
It wasn’t a situation where I got kicked off a movie because I got in trouble. We had been in talks months after that about making something work, and it never came together.
On starring in Woody Allen’s upcoming Café Society after the director’s daughter accused him of sexual abuse:
At the end of the day, Jesse [Eisenberg] and I talked about this. If we were persecuted for the amount of shit that’s been said about us that’s not true, our lives would be over. The experience of making the movie was so outside of that, it was fruitful for the two of us to go on with it.
On her love life and appearing in public with girlfriends:
As much as I want to protect myself, it’s not about hiding. As soon as you start throwing up so many walls, you cannot see over them yourself, so you just start isolating in a way that’s not honest. I definitely found where I’m comfortable. I don’t take credit for that. Things have really shifted in this wonderful way. I’m reaping the benefits.