Kristen Stewart is uncomfortable with fame. You don’t need to hear her say this to know this; just watch her at any public event or interview or other moment where a hungry camera or notebook wants a piece of her. And they always want a piece of her.
In her new Q&A cover story in Interview magazine, the 19-year-old actress articulates her discomfort perhaps as simply as I’ve ever heard anyone say before: “I wish I could take more walks.”
Now, the rich and famous complaining about being rich and famous doesn’t always go over well. But in Kristen’s case it feels less like spoiled whining and more like genuine awkwardness. I mean, she admitted to being nervous about saying hello to a 6-year-old: “Yeah. I’m just sort of intimidated by kids. I didn’t know what to say.”
That’s quite a thing for the star of one of the biggest young adult franchises in history to say out loud. Um, honey, kids are a huge chunk of your audience.
Kristen’s interview with famed director/actor Dennis Hopper was actually rather interesting (but don’t ask me why magazines keep asking actors to interview other actors; unemployed journalists everywhere are unamused).
It started off with her thanking him for the interview and delved more into fame and the films from there.
P.s. These shades have officially wrested the “least useful sunglasses ever award” away from Kanye West.
On how Twilight has overtaken her life:
The sad thing is that I feel so boring because Twilight is literally how every conversation I have these days begins — whether it’s someone I’m meeting for the first time or someone I just haven’t seen in a while. The first thing I want to say to them is, “It’s insane! And, as a person, I can’t do anything!” But then I think to myself, God damn it, shut the f–k up.
On how the movies could be better:
But the movies aren’t that dark, as much as we’d all have loved to have made those films …The weirdest f—-g themes run through this story — like dominance and masochism.
On what how 10-year-olds don’t get subtext:
I mean, you always have to realize that the story needs to make sense to the 11-year-olds who read the book and aren’t necessarily going to be viewing a scene as foreplay … And it’s pretty deep, heady foreplay. [laughs] … But it’s funny to think that a lot of the audience is 10 years old and will maybe one day grow up to realize there are a lot of involved thoughts in Twilight that they didn’t see before.
On her skyrocketing fame:
It can be annoying. But I have a really strong feeling that this is going to go away, that this is the most intense it’s going to get — and could get — and that it’s fleeting. So in a few years, I will hopefully become more like the people I want to become like.
On how she handles the tabloids:
The only way for me not to have somebody know where I went the night before is if I didn’t go out at all. So that’s what I’m trading. It depends what mood I’m in. Some nights, I think, “You know what? I don’t care. I’m just going to do what I want to do.” Then the next day I think, “Ugh. Now everyone thinks I’m going out to get the attention.” But it’s like, no, I actually, for a second, thought that maybe I could be like a normal person.
From the looks of the behind-the-scenes video of her cover shoot, Kristen is no more comfortable doing photo sessions either. She seems disinterested, amused by the absurdity, possibly bored and a little sleepy — maybe all four at once.
So, what do you think about Kristen’s conflicted feelings about fame? Is it fair for her to grumble? And, seriously, what’s up with those sunglasses?