Kristen Stewart opened up about winning a Cesar Award in France, coping with celebrity and life after ‘The Twilight Saga,’ growing up in Hollywood and much more in a wide-ranging, in depth interview.

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The 25-year-old actress continues to distance herself from ‘The Twilight Saga’ franchise that brought her fame. Not just roles in serious drama, such as ‘Still Alice’ with Julianne Moore, but now a Cesar Award, the French equivalent of the Oscar for her role in ‘Clouds of Sils Maria.’ It’s quite a distinction as she is the first American actresses to with the award. Quite an historic trophy for the mantel in other worlds.

She told The Hollywood Reporter how she felt of the honor, saying, “Oh, man, it blew my head off, to be honest. I couldn’t believe that I got nominated, and then obviously I really, really couldn’t believe that they gave it to me, because those people rigidly dole out praise, especially to Americans.” She went on to quip that she “would prefer a French Oscar.”

Yes, she has come quite long way from the vampire franchise to a high honor in France. And it was just a few years ago that she was also under the microscope for her relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson and thus of one of the celebrity world’s most high profile couples. And then, drawing even more attention, there was the cheating scandal which saw her make a public apology for her involvement with the married ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ director Rupert Sanders, an affair which also broke up his marriage, as his wife, Liberty Ross left him.

Now having been in the thick of tabloid drama and celebrity mania, Kristen Stewart said, ““If you think about the source of it all…which is really the big, big, big green monster of cash, there’s just no way that that’s stopping. It’s a new industry — celebrity news is a whole new form of entertainment — and it’s a huge, booming, f—ing money-making industry, so why would it stop? I love what I do and so it’s worth protecting.”

Now on the other side of the frenzy, she speaks out about the Hollywood industry to The Hollywood Reporter. She said of it, ““Actresses go crazy when they feel like they want to hold on to what used to be, or whatever. I’m so satisfied and happy and absolutely looking forward to what’s to come.”

She went on to say, “Talk to me when I’m 30 and then I’ll be like, ‘Ahhhhh!’” As time goes on, who knows what my ambitions and objectives will be? Who knows how I’m gonna feel about what I do and what that’s gonna turn into? I have a feeling that I’m gonna do this for a while — at least, being involved in this industry.”

As she moves on, and wins acclaim as a serious actress, she continues to draw attention and notice. And, as always, her candor is refreshing. Fortunately for her, it’s not just talk, as she already has had success as a serious actress even as public perception struggles to catch up with her.

Kristen Stewart’s full interview with THR is here.