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PostSubject: New Interview of Kristen plus New Pics.    Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:51 pm

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To some, Kristen Stewart is simply "the 'Twilight' girl." Her arresting turn as love-struck teen Bella Swan in the swoony series of vampire romance blockbusters put her on the map and earned her the mantle of "movie star."

And for many young actors, this would have represented the chance to cash in, to do a whole bunch of well-paying wannabe hits with various supernatural love interests. Stewart, on the other hand, prefers the more challenging route: offbeat indies, parts that speak to her in a genuine way, and the occasional portrayal of an icon (like, say, Joan Jett). She only hopes that those who want to see her as nothing more than Bella will give her a chance.

"There's a road I'm going down now, and I'm aware that there's not as much of an audience for strange movies—for different, eclectic movies—and I totally accept that," she says. "But at the same time, if I do films like that, I want people to take it for what it is instead of going, 'Oh, let's see the 'Twilight' girl try to do this.'?"

Stewart says she is deeply grateful for all the opportunities the runaway vampire franchise has sent her way, but she has made sure the personas she has taken on since have not been terribly Bella-like. Take her nuanced performance in the recent indie sensation "Welcome to the Rileys." As foul-mouthed teen runaway/stripper Mallory, Stewart is raw and real, a believably bruised troublemaker, and she more than holds her own opposite co-stars James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo. "I'm really glad that it took the time that it did to get made, because I think by the time I was 18, I was ready and more confident and mature enough to play the part," says the actor, now 20. "I had read the script when I was 16, and I was just too young. I would've shied away from stuff, I think."

"Rileys" director Jake Scott first took note of Stewart in Sean Penn's "Into the Wild." Her screen time is limited, but she made it her own. "I went for a drink with Sean Penn, and he said, 'Check this kid out,'?" recalls Scott. "She didn't do very much in that film, but she just had this quality that I'd always imagined Mallory would have—I always say 'vulpine.' Kind of feral, a bit of an alley cat. That really is strong in her, even though she's come from a very happy, loving background. It's interesting; maybe that's why she can play such damaged characters, such complex characters."

"Welcome to the Rileys" was in the works pre-"Twilight," and Scott recalls having to fight a bit to cast Stewart. "I was lucky he thought I deserved it," she says with a laugh. Stewart did everything possible to live up to the faith Scott had in her, throwing herself into research and character work. "I'm from the Valley, and I've had the most normal and privileged upbringing, so the fear in that is sort of 'Who are you and what do you know?'?" she says.

Stewart read books on homeless teens, talked to real-life strip club workers, and even learned to pole dance. "You really don't see it in the movie," she says of the pole dancing, "which sucks—I mean, it doesn't suck. Jake didn't want to exploit Mallory any more than she already is, but I did find that they beat the hell out of themselves. I had bruises all over my legs, all up the sides of my body. I think we did everything we could to do it right. For the girls who can relate to a movie like this, it's so necessary. We would be such frauds if we didn't do the proper work."

For Stewart, "the proper work," the things you have to do to make a performance as authentic as humanly possible, is an integral part of the way she approaches a role. Those who do want to see her as awkward Bella Swan—a sometimes morose, sometimes wishy-washy teen—have likely never heard her talk about acting. There's a striking passion that takes over whenever she discusses truly connecting to a character, and even though she hasn't had to audition in a while, she doesn't make her choices lightly. When she wants a role, she really wants it.





"If you have to sit there and ask yourself if you want to do something, then you don't want to do it," she says firmly. "If you sit around going, 'Well, it's a good story, there are a few things that confuse me, but I can work it out'? No, no, no. I couldn't do that. I think I'd be so bad in whatever project that was. I can't make something work that doesn't completely speak to me. You just go, 'I want to live that. I'd really like to learn from that.' And you see it all so clearly."

In the 'Room'

When it comes to performing, Stewart saw things pretty clearly from an early age. Her mother was a script supervisor, so Stewart grew up hanging out on movie sets. "I would go to work with her, and I saw kids on set and I would be like, 'Gosh, I want a job,'?" she says, chuckling. An opportunity opened up when someone spotted her "singing some ridiculous song in a holiday performance thing" at school, she recalls. "There was somebody in the audience that helps you find an agent as a kid. It really, really would probably only ever happen in Los Angeles." At 9, she started auditioning for and landing movies. One of her early high-profile roles, as a diabetic youngster in the thriller "Panic Room," put her opposite Jodie Foster and under the direction of David Fincher.

"I think I went in six times over the course of several months, because they'd started production and then shut down and then recast people," Stewart says. "I really fought for that part. They made every kid that came up really work their asses off for it; it wasn't a quick thing. I had to read for David Fincher numerous times, and every time there would be notes. It was really intense." She understands the lengthy process better now, but at the time, she was just itching for the chance to prove herself. "I was like, 'God, dude, fuckin' relax, I can do it!'?" she says, laughing. "I was totally thinking that he should just trust me."

"Panic Room" got Stewart's career off to a nice start, but it wasn't until she starred in the dark indie "Speak" at age 13 that things clicked, that she recognized that acting could be fulfilling to her as a career. "I realized that you could get more from the job than just entertainment and not having to go to school," she says. "You could tell stories that people can take a lot from."

She went on to mix big, kid-friendly flicks with thoughtful independent projects, including actor Mary Stuart Masterson's feature directorial debut, "The Cake Eaters." Masterson remembers being impressed with Stewart's "Panic Room" performance, but she was even more blown away once they started working together. Stewart's character in "The Cake Eaters" suffers from Friedreich's ataxia, a disease that affects speech and movement. If the symptoms were depicted inaccurately, says Masterson, the result could have been offensive. But once again, Stewart was determined to do the work.

"She was totally committed to getting it right," Masterson recalls. "I gave her some interviews I had taped and introduced her to some people living with the disease, and she immersed herself in the process. She was very private about it, and I knew that was a good sign, because I had been through similar work on real-life characters before and I knew that what she was experiencing was a kind of protectiveness for the integrity of those souls suffering with what she would only have to play at."

When Masterson started doing festival Q&As for the film, "Twilight" hadn't come out yet and Stewart was far from a household name. "After every screening," the director says, "someone would always ask how I found an actress that good who had the disease."

'Road' Map

Stewart was in Pittsburgh working on the indie film "Adventureland" when she first got wind of "Twilight." At the time, she says, she didn't really have "enough room in my head" to even consider a project of that magnitude. Still, she was up for the audition and recalls being thrilled when director Catherine Hardwicke and actor Jackson Rathbone flew to Pittsburgh to meet with her. "We worked together for four hours," Stewart says. "And by the end of it, we didn't want to stop talking about it, and Catherine was like, 'Okay, well, I think you should do this. I'm gonna get on a plane now, but hopefully we can continue this discussion later.' I was like, 'Uh, does that mean…?' I couldn't believe it."

Like Scott, Hardwicke was charmed by Stewart's brief "Into the Wild" performance. "I felt her vulnerability and yearning leap off the screen when she sat on that bed in the trailer, trying to seduce Emile [Hirsch]," Hardwicke recalls. "Kristen has to feel everything—to connect, to make it her own. She is intense and powerful and athletically gifted. Bella Swan is clumsy. Kristen had to be the most awkward volleyball player in 'Twilight,' but in reality she's a superstar."

Stewart wasn't necessarily prepared for the "superstar" status "Twilight" would afford her, but she has tried to remain grounded and keep her decision-making process basically the same. "A lot changed, but at the same time the process of choosing stuff doesn't change," she says. "I guess I wouldn't know the difference if I didn't have 'Twilight,' because the things that have rolled in probably wouldn't have rolled in. I'm aware and thankful for that. And when something like 'Welcome to the Rileys' speaks to you, you have to jump on it."

That said, she's still genuinely surprised when filmmakers want to cast her in certain things—like Walter Salles' upcoming take on Jack Kerouac's novel "On the Road." "When it was sort of coming to be and I was the right age to play the part of Marylou, I didn't even want to think about it a whole lot, because I was like, 'They're gonna hire Scarlett Johansson,'?" Stewart says with a laugh. "Which would've been fantastic, but I just couldn't imagine inserting myself into that equation."

Now that she is part of the equation, she's bringing her usual commitment to the role—and, refreshingly, with a sense of wonder not typically found in young stars who have been working as long as she has. "I worked with my friend Tom Sturridge, and he plays Carlo Marx, who's Allen Ginsberg," Stewart says, excitement creeping into her voice. "And I would look over at him, and he's doing this fucking full-on Allen Ginsberg crazy monologue in the corner of some thumping, raving party, and I'm dancing to bebop jazz, and I'd be like, 'Tom, we're doing "On the Road." Just so you know? "On the Road."?'?"

Strategy Game

Though she has a distinctive way of evaluating potential roles, Stewart confesses that she avoids heavy strategizing when it comes to her career, "because to have a strategy, I couldn't have that thing where I didn't know what I wanted to do until it really screamed at me. But eventually—who knows how close or how far away this is—especially now that I've been given this enormous gift of 'yes,' I would love to develop projects and do them with people that are already close to me."

The "gift of yes" that the success of "Twilight" has given her is something Stewart still marvels at. But she understands the gift's limitations—and she doesn't want to use it to rehash Bella Swan. "I haven't tried it yet, but apparently it would be easy for me to greenlight a movie where I play the main part if I play a fairly normal-looking, pretty girl," she says. "There are a lot of those movies. But if I wanted to play, say, a transgendered prisoner [in in-the-works indie 'K-11'], which I really want to do, that doesn't hold the same weight."

Stewart knows that a lot of eyes are on her at this point. And she knows there are some people who will always see her as "the 'Twilight' girl." But she's determined to keep pursuing edgy parts, to build her career by always demonstrating her full commitment to whatever projects she takes on and by working hard for the writers and directors who entrust her with their visions. "Really," she says earnestly, "I just want to keep doing what I'm doing."

srsly Kristen. Keep doing what you're doing Wink we love you!



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PostSubject: Re: New Interview of Kristen plus New Pics.    Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:47 pm

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PostSubject: Re: New Interview of Kristen plus New Pics.    Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:33 am

It is not just an interview, it is an awesome and important article in an specific site for more people in the industry than general public, not so big as IMDB but no less important. BackStage is a very respect publication that do interesting articles about the business for the business!

This article with pieces of an interview give to any one a proper vision of an 20 years old with a lot of experience and clear conscience in the baggage.

This article plus the article from NEW YOUR MAGAZINE give a clear vision of how the business is seeing her moment and her conscience of that and how is dedicated this moment for her future in the business.

It is a HUGE article!!!

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PostSubject: Re: New Interview of Kristen plus New Pics.    Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:48 am

I am putting the NYMag article here for a clear vision of what I said above and for facilitate a discussion about the two articles and what they represent for her at this moment.
because this two articles are not commom and not any young artist have it.
They are very important and their weight came from each publication did them.

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Kristen Stewart is the lead actress in one of the biggest Hollywood franchises ever, and if she seems caught off guard by her massive fame (and she does, often), she's not as shocked as Jodie Foster. "I am surprised she is an actress," Foster recently told E!. When Stewart was just 11, she played Foster's daughter in the David Fincher thriller Panic Room, and "I didn't think [stardom was] where she was headed," Foster confessed. "And even though her mom said, 'No, she really, really wants to be an actress,' I felt like, 'Nah, she won't because she really doesn't have the stereotypical personality."

What Foster means, of course, is that we're used to seeing our female movie stars a certain way: bubbly, ambitious, and willing to do hard time in run-of-the-mill romantic comedies if it eventually leads to eight-figure paychecks and one prestige picture that nets them an Oscar nod. To say the least, the 20-year-old Stewart has circumvented that route on her path to the top, but what comes next for such an unconventional starlet? Does Kristen Stewart actually want to be a movie star, and what kind of post-Twilight prospects does she have? Vulture asked industry insiders those questions to answer that Star Market perennial: If Kristen Stewart were a stock, should you buy, sell, or hold?

Stock History: Before landing her transformative role in the 2008 film Twilight, Stewart had carved out a career as a promising child actress. Aside from a few bids at the mainstream (it may be hard to believe the super-serious Stewart ever starred in a comedy called Catch That Kid, and yet it happened), Stewart spent adolescence honing her indie bona fides in films like The Safety of Objects, Undertow, Fierce People, and In the Land of Women. Her offhandedly sexy performance in Sean Penn's Into the Wild put her at the top of several directors' wish lists, including Catherine Hardwicke's, who cast Stewart in what would become a five-film Twilight saga.

Since then, Twilight has taken up most of Stewart's time, though she did squeeze in an acclaimed performance as Joan Jett in the little-seen rock biopic The Runaways. Several of the indie films Stewart shot prior to the release of Twilight have been trickling out since—this weekend's Welcome to the Rileys, where she plays a foul-mouthed stripper, is the last of them—but by and large, Stewart's been too wrapped up in Bella Swan to truly test her mettle outside the franchise.


Peers: Stewart leads a pack of under-25 actresses like Mia Wasikowska (21), Emma Stone (21), Carey Mulligan (25), and the surging, similar Rooney Mara (24). She's closely followed by The Lovely Bones star Saoirse Ronan (16), her Twilight colleague Dakota Fanning (also 16), and Dianna Agron (24) from Glee.

Quote: If you need more proof about how wildly Stewart's career swings from vampire blockbusters to the art house, here it is: She'll earn $25 million for doing the final two Twilight films, but for Welcome to Rileys, she settled for scale plus 10 (meaning, the SAG-negotiated minimum weekly payment plus the agent's usual 10% commission, which is also picked up by the production).

Market Value: In Twilight films, Stewart has earned numbers that are simply incomparable to any other actress; it's rare enough that any Hollywood franchise would be female-led, let alone one that routinely pulls in almost $700 million worldwide with each installment. The question is, can Stewart bring any of her mainstream appeal to her smaller films? So far, she hasn't been able to; Adventureland and The Yellow Handkerchief were both underperformers, and for all the heavy hype and paparazzi attention that her casting brought to The Runaways, the movie's wide release was scuttled before it hit the $4 million mark.


What Hollywood Thinks: As an actress, Stewart is well liked and in high demand, but as a movie star, people aren't so sure. "I think she’s great," said one top agent we spoke to. "The taste of Stewart, and really, of all these girls who are her peers, their tastes are [movies like] Welcome to the Rileys. They have a depth that, at this age, is highly unusual. For a while there, there was nothing interesting happening with this age group: You had all these girls—Lindsay Lohan, Hillary Duff, Amanda Bynes—you'd see them look in a mirror, and you'd know there was nothing looking back at them. You can almost tell there's nothing going on underneath. That's what Miley Cyrus is doing now with The Family Bond at Universal: 'A CIA agent discovers he has a teenage daughter when she shows up in the middle of a mission!' You do these overly commercial movies, and then you're out of gas at age 24."

But is Stewart going to do any commercial movies outside of the Twilight franchise? "It's hard to say," admitted a manager. "She doesn't appear to be funny, so she better be genuinely able to deliver when it comes to drama. Most women become stars through romantic comedies, so if you can't or won't work in that area, you need to be either extraordinarily talented [or] work in drama. And then, even Nicole Kidman burned out. So unless you're Kate Winslet, too indie is not the way to go."

Many of the insiders we spoke to commented on Stewart's famously press-shy personality. Though some of her reticence is understandable, given the overwhelming interest in her relationship with Twilight costar Robert Pattinson, one publicist claimed that the enthusiasm gap between Stewart and her more press-savvy compatriots is hurting her.

"My gut is that she's not done much to make new fans," said the publicist. "She doesn't seem to be happy or excited about what she's doing. She always seems very disinterested, and she projects this image of someone who's grungy, shy, closed off. I think the Twilight fans don't really care, but when this series ends, I'm not sure what she does. She needs to find a way to balance the authenticity she seeks to embody by softening up a bit. Who's going to stand by her after the Twilight movies come out? What they're doing [with her PR] is sort of a dangerous game: She's the 'Queen of the Tweens!' What happens outside of that genre?"

The Analysis: The agent we spoke to thinks Stewart should take a cue from her old Panic Room costar: "It seems pretty obvious, but I think she could have a Jodie Foster career. By that I mean, just going from doing high-quality work—not necessarily big box office stuff—but doing quality work all the way from her late teens into middle-age adulthood ... You succeed by doing movies like that, because eventually, it's just about the work. Look at 21 Jump Street: Johnny Depp and Richard Grieco were both on the show. But Grieco does If Looks Could Kill [an execrable William Dear action-comedy]. Depp does Edward Scissorhands with Tim Burton. Now Johnny's one of the biggest movie stars in the world, and Richard Grieco hasn't had a career for fifteen years. So yeah, avoid the 'obvious' payday, because it's so true: Eventually, it's just about the work."

But is the work there for Stewart at a studio level? When Foster was still coming up, there were far more female-led dramas with mainstream budgets; these days, there are precious few. Certainly, she can rely on her Twilight mega-fame to go indie for a while—it's what Winslet did after Titanic—but the cycles of stardom churn much more quickly these days, and if Stewart really does want to be a movie star, the clock is ticking for her to leverage that Twilight clout to land another major role. (She was considered an early contender to reunite with Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo—which would have made her the rare woman to lead two enormous franchises—but timing and Fincher's desire to cast a relative unknown conspired against her.)

The manager we spoke to thinks this is the time for Stewart to fight her indie instincts, if only to cement her future. "I actually might go in the opposite direction and say, 'Let's do something very commercial and see if all your Twilight fans show up.' If they don't, of course it's a problem. But if you don't at least try, you're just delaying the inevitable. At some point, you have to prove you can open a movie, because with franchise people, the question is always 'Outside of your franchise, can you pull your audience?' I mean, sure, there are some movies no one is going to go see, even if Leo DiCaprio is in it. But if you do something that's in your wheelhouse and if you can deliver your audience, you're set for life. That's what's called a 'movie star.'"

The Bottom Line: On the precipice of her next phase, Stewart's in an interesting predicament, albeit one that most actresses would kill to have. The tomboyish, intense actress is often compared to men like Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, but she doesn't have access to the roles both actors got. At the same time, she's hunting for the sort of dramatic parts that foreign actresses historically hoard for themselves, but Stewart hasn't yet proven her range or fidelity with accents.

Though Stewart may have been spooked by the middling box office earned by Pattinson's attempt at non-Twilight success, Remember Me, it's time for her to make the mainstream leap. She flirted with Wanted 2 this year—an unexpected and somewhat encouraging sign that she's not utterly averse to big studio pictures—but Stewart doesn't have to don Angelina Jolie's stilettos to prove her commercial appeal. A lot of brainy, independent-minded directors are making genre flicks for the studios these days; why not team with one of them for a cerebral thriller or sci-fi flick? Those filmmakers want Stewart, the question is whether she wants them.

Buy/Sell/Hold: Buy if you own no shares (after all, we've still got two Twilight movies left to go), but hold if she's already in your portfolio.
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