Kristen Stewart spoke out her role in the critically acclaimed movie ‘Still Alice’ which stars Julianne Moore and she reflected upon her rise to fame in ‘Twilight Saga’ and revealed her future plans. It was a rare live television interview on ‘Live! with Kelly and Michael.’
The 25-year-old actress may have become an international star thanks to her role as Bella in ‘The Twilight Saga’ franchise, but of late, she is drawing notice for a markedly different role, as the daughter of the title character of ‘Still Alice,’ a woman in her early 50s coping with early onset Alzheimer’s. Julianne Moore has received critical acclaim for her portrayal and just picked up a Best Actress SAG Award. The movie is a screen adaptation of on Lisa Genova’s novel of the same title, co-written and co-directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.
Nonetheless, her fandom fame was showing, so to speak, as the live studio audience erupted into cheers, which prompted co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan to take note and to asked if she herself had ever been starstruck over anyone.
While one might imagine she would name an A list Hollywood star or perhaps a towering public figure instead, she named Food Network chef Alton Brown whom she said she met by chance at a hotel and in so doing revealed her passion for cooking, saying, “Name anything, I can make it.” (Tidbits of her personal life dutifully consumed by fans, no doubt.)
But the discussion quickly turned to the serious business of plugging a serious movie which brings attention to a troubling illness that affects far too many.
Kristen Stewart spoke about Julianne Moore and what it was like to work opposite her in the searing drama. She said, “I’ve known her for a number of years, and sometimes you can play something and it is just like so within your natural realm; she could be my mom.” She went on to add, “It was not difficult to look at her and feel every amount of like fear and like, I wanted to give her the skin off my back. I wanted to do anything I could to support her and like help her feel better day-to-day, minute to minute, even if it was hard for her and hard for me. Obviously always going to be more difficult for the person going through it, and Julie and I couldn’t have been more perfectly placed to execute that.”
She continued, saying of “Still Alice” — and the deep and wrenching emotions (the audience was shown a clip from the movie) — “It was real. There’s just not a moment in that movie that I’m not like I was absolutely there. I wasn’t playing anyone who’s different to me; I’m really basically myself in this awful situation, and so it was so rewarding, and like real for me.”
As painful and tragic a drama as it may be, it is just that kind of movie that wins awards and as the award season gets into full swing, we should not be surprised if Julianne Moore herself and the movie as a whole earn shelves of awards.
Clearly Kristen Stewart has lucked out being a part of such a movie, which begged the question that the co-hosts then asked. What’s next for her? She said in response, “I want to stay home for a while. I worked for like solid two years on a bunch of stuff that I was really into.” She added, “But I need to breathe and maybe do physical things.”
Acknowledging how such comments can go viral, she said, “You say one thing about a detail of your life and it expands like wildfire. You’re a painter now? Not at all, I’m many middle school art class in my garage basically.”
It was all in all a fascinating interview that Kristen Stewart gave if for no other reason than its rarity, and you can watch the full video below!