Taking the lead role in one of the largest YA film-series in the last decade invites all sorts of criticism, and Kristen Stewart has had more than her fair share of it. Moving past her earlier work and coming off a very-well received drama at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Stewart is ready to focus on her strengths, not her weaknesses.
Stewart’s sudden rise to fame came with a lot of attention, and while she may have been ready for her onscreen challenges, Stewart admits that she wasn’t totally ready for the offscreen excitement. “People are like, ‘She just can’t handle’ – for lack of a better word – ‘the spotlight.’ No, actually, I can’t, and this is totally who I am.” Stewart openly talked about her role in marketing and press, admitting that publicity isn’t exactly her strong suit in the new March issue of Marie Claire magazine.
“I don’t try to force it or turn it into something else or fabricate this personality … so I totally agree when people say I’m, like, the most awkward person.” The young star recently took on the role of a Guantanamo Bay prison guard in ‘Camp X-Ray’, a film where Stewart was praised for picking a role that better fit her often times statuesque appearance on screen.
At 23 the young-actor still has accomplished more than most could ever hope for, looking back on Twilight the star said that she, “had no idea Twilight was going to be huge,” but it brought her new career options, and of course Robert Pattinson. “You don’t know who you will fall in love with. You just don’t. You don’t control it,” she says.
Of the two, the career lasted longer than the off-screen romance with Pattinson but both actors seem to be doing quite well since their earlier days of YA novels, and both have quite a few films in the works scheduled to release later this year. Stewart talked about her love life, half in retrospect and half looking forward stating, “Some people have certain things, like, ‘That’s what I’m going for,’ and I have a subjective version of that. I don’t pressure myself … If you fall in love with someone, you want to own them – but really, why would you want that? You want them to be what you love. I’m much too young to even have an answer for that question.”
After a rocky PR-image in the press following Stewart’s brief romantic involvement with Rupert Sanders, whom she met on the film Snow White and the Huntsman, Stewart seems to understand that there’s no going back.
In the interview Stewart didn’t make any excuses for her past behavior, instead she stays optimistic about her career and has learned to stand by her convictions stating, “I stand by every mistake I’ve ever made,” adding “So judge away.”