Kristen Stewart's Intriguing Sex Tape Commentary Surprises Us All

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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dirti... dirtiekittie

i love me some kristen stewart... i'm glad someone else is seeing that she's an actual person, not just "Bella" or "that girl from Twilight". :)

and her point about sex vids is pretty dead on. i mean, really? these days it doesn't take much to be famous for all the wrong reasons. that probably has a lot more to do with the downfall of our society than we care to admit.

tonip... toniperoni

as a 36 year old Iam not atwilight fan, (nothing we haven't seen before) but she is just too cute!!!! plus some of her other work is outstanding and shows true promise as an excellent actress.

nonmember avatar Emme

Though she seems fine as a person, she's a terrible actress. I've seen her in a bunch of movies and she's ruined them all, probably. She just can't act - either that or every character is apparently the same. I actually loved the Twilight books and when I found out she'd be playing Bella, I was really disappointed. She doesn't have the soft quality of Bella nor is she a good actress. I knew it'd be a disaster. Fortunately, her acting became less constipated in the third movie, Eclipse, so I actually enjoyed that one quite a bit. I do like her honesty, though, and the fact that she acts for the sake of acting and not to be famous. I'm doubtful that she'll continue to be this famous though after the dust has settled from Twilight.

MomoLS MomoLS

She sounds like an awsome person.  I'm not yet sold on her as an actress yet, and I've seen a fair amount of her films, but I really do hope she sells it to me soon.

Hannah Abbott

I don't think she has much talent. .. sorry

nonmember avatar Jackie

Finally another writer who understands what this girl is all about. Hope word gets out to the ones that still hate her. Don't get why so much hate for her being "Bella" when one can clearly see how talented she is as an actor and oddly honest and serious as a person at her young age. Loved loved your article!

Jess1... Jess10210

Whoever is saying she won't be famous after Twilight is nuts, and I don't even like her much... She's been in many indie movies as well as a few big screen films. Since Twilight she's been on the big screen in multiple films and is even working on one (or just wrapped up filming) righr now. Sorry haters but she's been around for a while before Twilight and while I don't think she's aiming to be the next Angelina Jolie, she's not going anywhere.

nonmember avatar bridgett

Kristin Stewart is a great actress, she may not always have the perfect smile for the camera's but she is the real deal. She is also a great role model for other young actors. She proves that you can still be successful by working hard and surprize surpize... ACTING! She doesn't have those pictures of her wearing slutty things and acting a fool, but of her doing normal everyday things. She seems to have a very well grounded personality, the fame hasn't gone to her head.
give the girl credit where credit is due.

nonmember avatar Kara

18 and does not kiss someone's ass, people start the hate. But I'm so glad that some people are starting to realize what a truly wonderfully honest person she is.

nonmember avatar sooboo

Her parent's are very well known, well connected casting agents which is how she got famous. Not sure if that qualifies as the real deal or not. I don't really like her or dislike her. She's pretty but a little dead in the face. That works well for some roles, not so well in others.

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