Kristen Stewart: I’m “Super Happy” These Days And Proud Of My “Hard Work”
Kristen Stewart says she’s “super happy” these days. The actress is happy with her latest film, Camp X-Ray, her past Twilight films, how she’s grown more comfortable with her fame, and how others judge her.
In a new interview with USA Today, Stewart touches on all those subjects. She says from the outset, “I really have no apprehension about anything, which is great… I’m super happy and challenged and inspired and relaxed.” She’s makes clear, too, that she’s proud of her new film, as well as the franchise that made her an international superstar.
Stewart says of working on Twilight, “What did I take from it? I want to do good work. We all worked really hard on those movies, actually. Every moment and every day leads us to where we are now. Standing up to something so much bigger than me was a good test of my character and a good introduction to myself. It was an accelerated growing-up process.”
As for her new film in which she plays a Guantanamo Bay detention camp guard who strikes up a friendship with one of the detainees, Stewart says her character is “an essentially American girl who is so simple,” yet interested in exploring “truth and discovery.” She adds, “I thought it was interesting to have this girl, a good person, a sweet person, a positively inclined girl, who wants to forget herself and wants to be dignified by something. How do you condemn anyone who wants to serve our country? The denigration of that notion was really interesting.”
And while she doesn’t judge her character in Camp X-Ray, Stewart understands she herself is often under the microscope, though she cares less than she used to and now realizes where that’s coming from. The way others look at her, says Stewart wisely, “has nothing to do with me. It’s everyone else’s hangups.”
Stewart has also grown more used to her fame. “I’m also not that uncomfortable with it because I’ve gotten used to it. I am really traversing this and getting stronger every day. I’m better at this than I ever have been. I like being uncomfortable. I like standing up to things.”
Having done a number of movies in a row, including just wrapping Equals with Nicholas Hoult, Stewart is going to take a break. “I’m taking some time off because I’ve been working for two years.” She will, however, express herself creatively in a different way during her hiatus from filmmaking. Stewart says. “I’m going to buy a live-work space in downtown L.A. and I’m going to make some (stuff) with my hands.”
Regardless of her endeavors, Stewart stresses, “One thing that will stay with me forever is, I really love work. I love hard work.”
What do you think of Stewart’s interview?