I'm probably like most people when it comes to being wrong, in the sense that I don't always like to acknowledge it. However, I'm willing to admit one thing: I think I was wrong about Kristen Stewart. I thought she was sulky, unappreciative, dull, and not particularly talented as an actress—and I think I misjudged her.
For all the fame Twilight sent her way, it seems to me that being part of such a blockbuster franchise put Kristen Stewart in a bad light, because ever since she's been inching away from Bella Swan, I've liked her more and more. Case in point: her current Interview magazine profile, in which she candidly discusses the ramifications of celebrity sex tapes.
Suffice to say, if we ever hear about a Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson sex tape, we'll know exactly why she did it.
Stewart's Interview profile has a lot of interesting stuff, but I loved what she had to say about people whose fame is intrinsically tied to their sex tape:
…they’re lying while that [sex tape] is being made. The act is in itself a lie. You’re faking something. The girl is lying there, she’s pretending that she doesn’t know the camera’s on, she’s getting banged, and ‘accidentally’ it leaks out? Everyone leaks their own sex tapes! That’s a ploy to get famous; that’s not about the sex. It’s not like when Madonna did her Sex book, and it was an artistic endeavor where she acknowledged it and spoke about it and was so upfront about it. It’s different. It’s not upfront. It’s not honest. It’s a ploy to get famous.
Well, exactly, Kristen Stewart. To borrow a tired phrase from the smutty fanfic book based on your hit vampire franchise, fair point well made.
I think the thing that's been challenging for Stewart as she's navigated the fame waters is that she's not a born promoter—she's interested in acting, but not the endless dog and pony show that comes along with marketing her films. In the past, her honesty and unwillingness to perform on command during interviews has made her come across like a bit of a dick (in my opinion), but now that she's older and less shackled to the Twilight publicity juggernaut, she sounds a lot more interesting … and surprisingly open about her own weaknesses:
I don't do that sound-bite, be-candidly-funny thing. I'm so concerned with the right thing coming out . . . I know that people's judgments are fast, and in a split second I will ruin it. (…) I sit there and look a little bit too serious, and as soon as that happens then you're uncomfortable and you don't want to watch. It's also weird talking about projects as an actor because you're so in them. I would prefer to write a paper and deliver it to everyone via e-mail.
Yeah, I can identify with that bigtime. Email is my comfort zone, because at least then I have a fighting chance at controlling my personal levels of douchebaggery.
I've got to give credit where credit's due: I may not have loved her in the Twilight films, but Kristen Stewart's the real deal. She didn't get famous from "accidentally" flashing her vag, behaving outrageously, or charming the public in her late-show appearances, and while she may have earned some grief for not properly praising the franchise that put her on the map, she's never really faked her enthusiasm for the role.
With what looks like a great performance in Snow White and the Huntsman, and her newfound ability to let her own opinionated, unique self shine through, I think Stewart's future is brighter than ever. I know I'll be paying attention from now on.
Do you think Kristen Stewart's star is going to continue to rise after Twilight?
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