Kristen Stewart in Elle: I Won’t Bow To Public Pressure Or Smile For Paparazzi
Kristen Stewart talks about not having a career plan and feeling targeted by the media in the September ELLE cover profile.
“Never at any point have I sat down and plotted how I should proceed from here on,” she tells the magazine. “As soon as you start thinking about your career as a trajectory — like, as if you’re going to miss out on some wave or momentum — then you’re never doing anything for yourself anyway.”
She adds, “Then you’re truly, actually, specifically working for the public. You’re turning yourself into a bag of chips.”
Stewart also realizes that she’s in a situation where she can never please everyone. “Now I feel like if I smiled for a paparazzi photo — not that I ever would — that’s exactly what people would be desecrating me for,” says the actress. “They’d be like, ‘now you’re going to give it up, now you’re a sellout.’ Like, okay, What do you want? What would you like?”
She can pinpoint when her public life changed — when the first Twilight hit theaters. Stewart recalls, “The day the movie came out there was a picture of me — in the New York Post, I think. I was sitting on my front porch, smoking a pipe with my ex-boyfriend and dog. And I was like, Oh sh*t, well, I have to be aware of that.”