Kristen Stewart: “No One Gives More Of A F*ck Than Me”

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Kristen Stewart Still Alice Interview

By Shari Weiss

Kristen Stewart Still Alice Interview

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Kristen Stewart tackles misconceptions about her in a new interview with Salon, in which she takes issue with what some have assumed is a “give-no-f*cks attitude.”

“I’m like, actually, no one gives a f*ck like me. No one gives more of a f*ck than me,” replies Stewart. “It’s just ironic to me. I’m always like, really?” As the interviewer points out, Stewart genuinely loves being an actress, but understands that trying to control the way things come across in interviews can be a losing battle. “I find myself saying things that I hear other people say where I’m like, okay, you’re lying. But I say the same thing, and I wonder if people think I’m lying when I say, oh, we were just a big family on set!” Stewart goes on, “I hate that stuff. People always ask if I chose the projects I’ve chosen because I’m trying to redefine myself or people’s perception of me. Uh, no. In a word, nah.”

Stewart admits, however, that she has made some missteps. “I’ve never tactfully maneuvered through anything I felt passionately about — my job being really, really high on that list. I haven’t planned, I haven’t thought about my trajectory or how to design my career in a way that I can get what I want,” she says. “Luckily I’ve gotten what I wanted naturally — I’m such a lucky bastard — but I had no idea Twilight was going to be a big deal; it blew up.”

She continues, “It’s always hard to compare projects and I think each moment we live obviously makes us the person we are right now, so each project has a bit of a through-line because it is me at different stages of my life but they don’t have anything to do with one another in terms of design.”

But the actress seems extremely excited for the opportunity to discuss Still Alice, particularly her work with Julianne Moore as a mother and daughter grappling with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Reflecting on the importance of the film, Stewart says, “You can f*ck around on a movie set, do this and that, make fun of things. It’s like, this isn’t real, we’re not curing cancer. In this case, actually, we’re taking one massive step towards helping people overcome something that’s denied.”

Stewart says she’s seen the movie two times so far, and explains that typically, she’s “super technical.” “I will sit and watch one of my films with a little list of checks and balances and this finally took that away,” she shares. “Usually the first time is never a proper experience, it’s always getting over hang-ups and weird memories, and this time it was just absolutely undeniable. What [Moore] does needed to be done. It’s so important.”

Further gushing about Moore, and how it may seem “bizarre” that playing family came so natural to them, Stewart tells the outlet, “I have known her for a number of years but there are just some people in life that you jive with, that you connect with, that you facilitate awesome things in each other. And it’s palpable, it’s immediate, you know it. I knew I could work with her; I knew that I could play her daughter. There are definitely people that I’d be like, I don’t know if I could have that with this person.”

“Actors can definitely fill in blanks, and it happens all the time,” she goes on. “You don’t always have these amazing connections and these moments of — it’s cheesy as f*ck — real, serious, truthful, fleeting moments that you can take no credit for. They just happen. It’s weird because you reap the benefits. Because I connected with Julie and because we were just able to be honest with each other in a few moments, now people say I’m good in the movie.”

Stewart also notes of working on the film, “I get to reap the benefits of having a really personal experience with Alzheimer’s without the actual pain of it because I actually don’t know anyone who has it but I’ve had this experience that has kind of given me that. I know the ins and outs of it; I’ve felt it; I know that pain.” And reflecting on how her career has impacted her, she says, “I wonder how I would be and how I would be shaped without these projects and without these insane f*cking learning experiences in such isolated and accelerated periods of time.”

“It’s not only now; it’s definitely cool that people like some of the projects I’ve been doing lately,” says Stewart. “That is awesome, but even though I have not always been completely comfortable being shoved into the brightest, most blinding spotlight you can imagine… that was always tough, but on the other side of it, what I do, I love that.” What do you think of Stewart’s comments?

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