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Kristen Stewart Didn’t Mind Sitting Out the ‘Huntsman’ Sequel & 7 Other Reveals From Her Big Variety Interview

Kristen Stewart Didn't Mind Sitting Out the 'Huntsman' Sequel & 7 Other Reveals From Her Big Variety Interview

Clouds of Sils Maria

IFC Films

In an extensive new interview with Variety, Kristen Stewart goes deep on her apparent career reinvention. “Twilight” now behind her, the actress has turned away from blockbuster fare in favor of art-house projects like “Still Alice” and Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria.” It’d be difficult to argue against that new trajectory — Stewart became the first American actress to win a César (France’s equivalent to the Oscar) for her performance opposite Juliette Binoche in “Sils Maria” and is in two different movies premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this week: Woody Allen’s “Café Society” and Assayas’ “Personal Shopper.”

Read seven f-bomb-filled highlights about the short film Stewart’s directing, her post-“Twilight” career and the sequel she wasn’t invited back for below.

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Her new career path isn’t by design.

“I didn’t carve out some path. I didn’t fight hard to be taken seriously. As much as the ‘Twilight’ series shaped and defined me for other people in a grand way, for me it wasn’t something I had to get away from. It was just a long experience on a movie that I liked.”

She reminds “Panic Room” co-star Jodie Foster of herself…

“I know this sounds like I love myself so much. But she really reminded me of myself as a child. She had all the joy of being a kid, but it was really like being with an adult.”

…and Woody Allen of classic movie stars.

“If this was 1944 or 1935, she would have been one of those drop-dead-beautiful movie stars. She would have been in the pantheon of classic actresses like Rita Hayworth or Elizabeth Taylor.”

She’s not bored on red carpets; she’s nervous.

“The amount of tumultuous growing up I’ve had to do in front of everyone is awesome. For somebody who is super-sensitive and cagey, it’s the perfect place for me to be thrust into, because I’m like, ‘Oh my f—ing God. Now I have to live in a f—ing bounce house and stand and say, ‘No, I deserve to be here.”‘”

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She found out about the “Huntsman” sequel from a press release.

“I was like, ‘OK, cool.’ We hadn’t spoken in a long time, but I didn’t know we had broken up.”

…but she didn’t mind not being invited back for it.

“I read a few scripts. None of them were good. None of them were greenlight-able. And I had a meeting with Universal about the places where the story could go. Maybe Chris was more into it. I actually don’t f—ing know.”

She wasn’t crazy about the “Twilight” sequels either.

“There was a fear that drove why we were there. There wasn’t a cohesiveness. I think they ended up OK, because there was still individual passion. They are a little splattered against the wall — but they are trying.”

She never expected to win the César and had only a vague idea of her acceptance speech in advance.

“If I won, then I’d go up there and say, ‘Sorry, I don’t speak French’ in French and thank Olivier and Juliette, which I think I did. Maybe?”

For more, watch the “Clouds of Sils Maria” trailer:


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