Kristen Stewart opened up about her role in the sci-fi drama ‘Equals,’ and shared her thoughts on celebrity and fame, in what have now become her post-‘Twilight Saga’ years in a new and wide-ranging and revealing interview.
The 25-year-old actress has had many roles in critically acclaimed movies since what we can only call ‘The Twilight Saga’ craze, from ‘Still Alice’ to ‘Clouds of Sils Maria,’ which won her the Cesar Award, the Oscars of France, and most recently, ‘American Ultra.’
Ah, yes, but that franchise, so hot for a few years ago, not only consumed the lives of some fans but to sweep its stars into what admittedly is an unimaginable vortex of fame. Yes, being well known is one thing, but having to fight for even a modicum of privacy, is, well, we could say extreme, but increasingly it’s the norm. But yes, the Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison super couple days are long over.
And so, naturally, that was among the topics The Hollywood Reporter asked her about. She said of coping with fame and the culture of celebrity, “It’s weird. It’s bizarre. It’s like this whole other form of entertainment, which I get. I just wish that people saw through it a little bit more. It doesn’t need to go away. It’s just so ridiculously grey.”
She went on to say, “I think I can find a little bit of comfort in that and know that people know that. I think people understand that. It’s like something bad happens to you. You do an interview that you mess up, say something stupid, say something you don’t mean and you just think it’s end-all because it has emotionally affected you.”
Continuing, she noted that it’s a “business” that is “fueled by money, therefore you can’t take it too seriously” and added that articles are “written because it’s going to make them money and they’re going to get a lot of hits on their websites.” She added, “So you’re like, ‘OK, I get it. Go make f—ing money on me.’ It’s awesome.”
As for that movie, ‘Equals,’ from director Drake Doremus (‘Like Crazy’) it had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim. The North American premiere is at the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s the science fiction genre at its finest as it forces us to look into the proverbial societal and cultural mirror. The movie sees Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult portraying characters in a world where human emotions have been eradicated. But they, however, are afflicted with SOS (Switched On Syndrome) and learning for the first time what it’s like to experience emotion, as they fall in love with each other.
Stewart spoke of the challenges of playing such a character saying, “It just became the most bleak, awful…It’s so sad. I’m the only person in the movie who’s switched on the whole time so even though in the beginning, we’re seemingly off, the overtly emotional displays and the more raw scenes felt amazing to do and more natural and more familiar.” She went on to note, “What was really painful was not feeling. What was truly really exhausting was to just be dead.”
Kristen Stewart’s full interview with THR is here.
‘Equals’ has generated quite a buzz, and who knows some of that may indeed carry over to the awards season. An Oscar nod for the actress perhaps? Watch Kristen Stewart in the ‘Equals’ trailer below!