The Guardian: Can you tell us a little bit more about American Ultra?
Jesse: We just finished filming this movie so it is a bit early to digest, but it was a wonderful experience playing this role, which is a guy who has no direction in life who discovers he was brainwashed to be a fighter in a government program based on the MK-Ultra program in the States. It turns from a very personal and intimate story of my character and his girlfriend, played by Kristen Stewart, into a stylized and kinetic movie about this guy being hunted.
THE QUEEN KRISTEN
The appearance of Bella Swan from Twilight in the credits of the new film by Olivier Assayas with Juliette Binoche had a lot of people intrigued. After the screening at Cannes, the verdict was very clear: KRISTEN STEWART steals the show. Hollywood’s sweetheart, whose private life tabloids are drooling over, blossoms in a very nuanced way, in this small gem of Independent European Cinema. For Vogue, Olivier Assayas explores his encounter with a young actress possessing a supernatural and universal aura. Down the road, a mystery, “The real Kristen”…
“When the camera was on Kristen, sometimes I dared to push her. I would go and go and go. Kristen has an amazing potential, but she needs to open up, she needs to get in more. So when you see that, you want to help, you want to go for it.”
“Yes it’s true, I cut her hair two hours before the show in her hotel bathroom,” he said when I questioned his hashtag. “We had fun doing it, and at the end the bathroom floor was covered in red hair.” After, he let Stewart’s hair air dry as she had her makeup done and got dressed. He then ran a dab of wax though her tresses and sprayed them with a quick spritz of dry shampoo. And that was it: a no-fuss style, for a no-fuss kind of girl.
Since it has such minimal upkeep, O’Rourke thinks this look, which he calls a cross between a 1970′s coupe savage and and River Pheonix, is perfect for the girl with a hectic schedule. “It has versatility and can transform from wash-and-run to nighttime chic—it’s not a personality stealer, it’s a confidence giver.” As for the color, O’Rourke went for a haircut that works in harmony with her fiery hue and makes it look even more interesting.
“I’m ultimately going to go a little bit shorter for this next film that I’m going to do called ‘Equals,’ but I figured, you know, before I went all the way — might as well just play around with something for the show,” she said, adding that the orange color was a leftover from her most recent shoot, “American Ultra.”
Stewart will star with Nicholas Hoult in “Equals,” billed as a futuristic love story, and confessed she is nervous before each new shoot. “That’s the feeling that I look for. That’s everything that drives me. You know – and a lot of people say this – but if you’re not a little afraid of what you’re doing, it’s probably not worthwhile,” she remarked.
However, the “Twilight” star has gotten over her initial fear of working with French actress Juliette Binoche on “Sils Maria,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The two will be reunited soon on “The Big Shoe.”
“The intimidation level is down a bit, but now I feel like we need to up our games because it’s, like, the second go. I’m so excited. She’s become one of my favorite people in the world,” Stewart said.
At this point it is natural to ask about Kristen Stewart and her character Valentine, the most ambiguous and elusive of the film. As you wrote a figure so fleeting and indefinite & able to disappear from the scene, but at the same time to leave the indelible mark of the absence of the mystery.