Twilight star takes a more dramatic turn
FROM Hollywood to Cannes, Kristen Stewart has worked hard to put some distance between her Twilight fame and the more serious dramatic projects she has been embracing since the vampire romance franchise ended.
In her latest movie Clouds Of Sils Maria, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Stewart plays the personal assistant of an ageing actress dealing with the challenges of the film industry's reaction to her getting older. The film also stars Juliette Binoche and Chloe Grace Moretz.
WORKING WITH A EUROPEAN WRITER-DIRECTOR ON THIS FILM, WAS THAT A DIFFERENT MINDSET FROM WORKING IN AMERICA?
Here, it seems like people are less afraid because, again, they're doing it for themselves. It's for the art of it. It's not to market things. It's a good feeling.
You know, to make a movie is so ridiculous. We're going to go film each other pretending to be other people so other people can watch us pretending to be other people? It's insane. But if it's worth it and it's saying something ... it can be transcendentally important.
IS IT DIFFICULT TO REMAIN YOURSELF?
I don't know how people tactfully traverse their careers. I don't know how they choose: " Well, this is a different side of me people have not seen and so I will present that to them now."
DO YOU FEEL THE PRESSURE OF NEEDING TO STAY ON TOP OF THE GAME?
I want to make movies one day - absolutely I want to direct movies. I directed this music video (for indie band Sage + The Saints) and it's just this dinky little thing and it's fun, and I'm so happy to do it.
Even if I shoot it on a Polaroid camera, people will say: "What did she do? Let's take a look."
How about you give me a second to figure it out?