Kristen Stewart: Rupert Sanders “Scandal” Didn’t Get Me Fired From ‘The Huntsman’
Kristen Stewart reveals in a new interview that her cheating scandal with Rupert Sanders while filming 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman had nothing to do with her being left out of the recent spinoff/sequel.
Shortly after the release of Snow White, photos emerged of Stewart kissing the film’s then-married director. Neither Stewart nor Sanders were brought back for The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which instead focused on Chris Hemsworth’s character. But Stewart says “the scandal” wasn’t the reason she wasn’t asked back, and she had actually “read a few scripts” for a sequel, but “none of them were good.” She tells Variety, “None of them were greenlight-able. And I had a meeting with Universal about the places where the story could go. Maybe Chris [Hemsworth] was more into it. I actually don’t f***ing know.”
But Stewart goes on to insist the controversy surrounding her relationship with Sanders “wasn’t a situation where I got kicked off a movie because I got in trouble.” She explains, “We had been in talks months after that about making something work, and it never came together.” Universal then decided to move ahead without Stewart’s participation, much to her surprise. “I was like, ‘OK, cool,’” the actress says of not learning about the follow-up until it was publicly announced. “[The studio and I] hadn’t spoken in a long time, but I didn’t know we had broken up.”
Stewart was eventually asked to make a cameo appearance in The Huntsman, but she turned down the offer. The actress says she told the producers, “I might just leave that be.” Stewart adds, “So now I’m like, ‘Thank God,'” seemingly referring to the spinoff getting panned by critics and being a disappointment at the box office.