Kristen Stewart Wants You To Know She Really, Really Hates Fame, Okay?

Kristen Stewart VogueYou know, in the past I've read interviews with Kristen Stewart in which she acknowledged her reputation for coming across as sneering or visibly uncomfortable during press events, and I came to the conclusion that her reluctant media personality was a charming rarity in Hollywood, and that her inability/unwillingness to play the PR game to her favor was … well, likable, sort of.

I think maybe I'm done thinking that, though. Mostly because she can't seem to stop talking about how incredibly hard it is to be famous, which she devotes a good portion of her new Vogue UK cover story to moaning about.


I mean, look: I wouldn't trade places with Kristen Stewart for all the millions of dollars Twilight has firehosed her way. She was relentlessly hounded by tabloids before the Great Kissing Scandal of July 2013, I can only imagine what her life is like right now.

Still, Stewart's been doing this for years now. I feel like she needs to move on from her desire for the public to understand that she's, like, too real for fame.

Here's what she said in her Vogue UK interview:

I know that if you haven't thought about how you want to present a very packaged idea of yourself then it can seem like you lack ambition. But, dude, honestly? I can't. People expect it to be easy because there you are, out there, doing the thing that you want and making lots of money out of it. But, you know, I'm not that smooth. I can get clumsy around certain people. Like if I were to sit down and think, 'OK, I'm really famous, how am I going to conduct myself in public?' I wouldn't know who that person would be! It would be a lot easier if I could, but I can't.


I love being on the periphery with a group of people who have the same values that I do. People who don't get off on fame, who just like the process of making movies and thrive.

Right. Well, she's certainly been called out for being awkward in interviews before, but she's a big girl now. She has a hugely embarrassing cheating scandal and everything. I don't think anyone's saying she has to act a certain way in public, but maybe just don't be a dick? Don't get busted with your tongue down the throat of your married director? Call me crazy, but these things seem pretty attainable to me, and she wouldn't even have to come up with a "packaged idea of herself" to make it happen.

Sean Penn, who directed then 16-year-old Stewart in Into the Wild, once said of her,

Kristen doesn’t know how to be in a popularity contest. You can see Kristen generously trying to join the popularity contest when a movie is being publicized. She’ll try to get on board, but her body language has a whole different dynamic.

Mmm-hmm. Check out her BODY LANGUAGE in the first 30 seconds of this interview:

I guess I feel like there's a difference between awkwardness and utter disdain, and Stewart doesn't always convey the former. But either way, I think she'd be better off if she moved on from the "I'm different from every other famous actor because I'm too cool to enjoy it" bit and just let her performances speak for her. Because there are only so many times you can hear how someone in Hollywood hates the fame game before you wonder why, exactly, they chose the career they did.

What do you think about Kristen Stewart's Vogue interview? Does it come across as endearing to you, or annoying?

Image via Vogue UK

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