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Glamour Interview w/ Kristen
It feels very good to see KRisten Stewart again. I’ve missed her. We’re meeting at the little mews house where I’m living for the summer, about an hour outside London. Kristen seems relaxed and happy; she looks fantastic–not unusual for her–and better rested than the last time I saw her, at the end of the interminable two-movie shoot that dominated our lives for the past year. You may know me as the author of the Twilight series, but I’m also a producer of the movies, so Kristen and I have gotten to know each other very well while filming during the past three years. Now the series is close to being over, with Breaking Dawn in theaters this month and Breaking Dawn Part 2 coming out next fall.
Today she’s in her usual jeans and a T-shirt, Chuck Taylors and a ponytail. Without any makeup, her skin is noticeably luminous. Her hair is dark, glossy and very long. I comment on the length, mentally counting the months since I’ve seen her; it’s been less than four. Kristen laughs: The hair is not all hers. It’s in place for her next movie, Snow White and the Huntsman.
We talk and talk, and as we speak, Kristen curls her legs under her, never entirely at rest, leaning forward when she’s enthusiastic. She’s animated and passionate about any project she believes in, yet she’s wary of how she might be perceived. I hope that in this interview something is captured of the Kristen I know, the real girl rather than the movie star.
Stephenie Meyer: So we’ve finally split up after spending the last several years working together. And yet the first movie I go to do [Austenland, starring Kurt Russell], you follow me to the same studio. Are you stalking me?
Kristen Stewart: [Laughs] Yes, I really am. I’m trying to get into your next films.
SM: I remember when we were shooting the wedding scene in Breaking Dawn–I was losing it because we were so sleep-deprived at that point.
KS: Yeah, the last night… I was exhausted, and it’s funny, Rob [Pattinson] was actually way more energetic than I was at the end of it.
SM: How emotional were you filming the final scenes?
KS: Even thinking about it now kind of freaks me out. On the final night of filming, I was literally pulling out my hair and crying and having to walk away for a second because my voice wasn’t working anymore.
SM: It was a big moment. Being there, you could feel that … And I have to say, you embrace Bella so much.
KS: I like Bella so much. In order to play a part like that, you have to believe in every crazy decision that she makes.
SM: What kind of characters do you gravitate toward?
KS: It is such a gut instinct. I’ve yet to play anybody who I don’t really love.
SM: I think you once wanted to direct. Do you still want to?
KS: Yeah, really, really badly. Me and Dakota [Fanning] were having this conversation the other day actually, and she also wants to do it really bad. It will happen, I think. I also really enjoy being an actor, so I’m fine. I mean, I’m not finished …
SM: Do you prefer working with male or female directors?
KS: I feel that everyone’s so different that it’s hard to say, “Girls are like this,” because even the women I’ve worked with are all very different. But female directors are usually pretty remarkable because they have gone that extra step of saying, “No, I’m gonna direct the film. No, there’s no one else.”
SM: I know that publicity’s not your favorite thing. Have you ever been misquoted?
KS: Yes, I have. It bugs me! False impressions are the worst! It definitely makes me watch my words. Even right now, I’m going, OK, how do you talk about this? And you’ve got to have a filter.
SM: What are you reading right now?
KS: My Snow White director just gave me a book on Joan of Arc. I’m mostly reading work things. And I’ve been foxing all of my English-dialect stuff!
SM: It must be hard to concentrate on your performance when you’re so worried about the sound of your voice.
KS: It’s weird. Especially considering that I’ve recently had so much experience speaking he way that I speak. Because this how Bella talks.
[Laughs.] God, imagine if I’d had to change my voice.
SM: Can you imagine how miserable you would have been? Now I feel kind of guilty, because that’s exactly what we made Rob do.
KS: Yeah, actually, that’s true. Completely. [Laughs.]
SM: How long did you have off after Breaking Dawn?
KS: It doesn’t feel like I’ve had any time off. I should have just gone home and relaxed.
SM: It took a while before I could kind of step back and say, OK, it’s over. [LAughs.] It’s a long time to do one thing!
KS: And the experience of watching is always so strange. I watched this one with Taylor [Lautner] for the first time. It was really fun.
SM: Who can not like Taylor?
KS: No! I mean, definitely! And it’s fun to watch it with him because we actually sit and watch it. Me and Taylor are actual Twilight fans, so we can sit there and be totally into it! Whereas I sit there with Rob… he likes it, but he has just such a different energy.
SM: Oh, Rob and Taylor have completely different energy! Watching it with Taylor, you feel afraid that you’ll get ice down the back of your neck or a grape in your face.
SM: You always have to be on your guard with him.
KS: I’ve always just loved Jacob and Bella so much. Taylor is great in this one. Not to keep saying how great the movie is, but …
SM: Yeah, we threw a lot at you in this one! You have to die, you give birth screaming and–no big deal–get married for the first time.
KS: I know! Jesus!
SM: What did you do for your 21st birthday?
KS: I turned 21 the same weekend as our Breaking Dawn wrap party. So it was lucky because I had this blowout party with everyone, but I didn’t have to feel like the birthday girl. I do feel older, I guess. It’s amazing to realize that a lot of the insecurities I had when I was younger have pretty much disappeared.
SM: Your style is pretty basic. How would you describe it?
KS: I have a uniform of sorts–I will be comfortable in a certain hood of mine no matter what mood I am in. And there’s nothing better than a new stack of white V-neck. For me, “changing” is either a new T-shirt. And I need pockets, ’cause if I carried a bag, I’d lose it purposely.
SM: You keep you romantic relationships pretty close to the vest. Do you have any relationship advice for Glamour readers?
KS: Hmm…good relationship advice for me tends to be being honest and knowing yourself. Don’t be an asshole. That’s my advice. Don’t be mean. Don’t take shit. Don’t settle.