Woody Allen: Kristen Stewart Is Among Best Young Actresses

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Woody Allen praises Kristen Stewart in a new interview, calling her “beautiful and talented,” and among the best young actresses working today.

As Gossip Cop has reported, Stewart co-stars in Allen’s upcoming film, Cafe Society, in which she plays a small-town girl working as a secretary in 1930s Hollywood. “I took a chance,” the filmmaker now tells Variety about casting Stewart in a comedic role, as he only knew her to be a dramatic actress. “I had her read a paragraph and she read it so well, that all our apprehensions — which are not huge to begin with — vanished instantly.”

But the writer/director goes on to admit he wasn’t aware of Stewart’s giant fan base or significant presence in the tabloids. “I don’t have a computer. I’m not on the Internet. I don’t know anything about any of that,” Allen explains. “I’ve never seen her, except in [Adventureland].” The filmmaker does admit to having seen some of her other work “in passing,” including Twilight, about which he says, “I might be on the treadmill and surf through 60 seconds of the vampire movie, where she’d look so beautiful.”

Still, Allen says big blockbuster movies like Twilight “were never of interest” to him, adding, “I don’t really know of her Internet life. If you told me she had 100 million followers or 2 million followers, it wouldn’t mean too much to me.” But based on the little he did know about her, Allen says he thought Stewart “was perfect for that little Midwestern Nebraska secretary.” He further offers, “She just has a simple beauty… And when you doll her up later, she can carry that because she has enough looks to be able to wear long earrings and furs and look tremendous.”

Allen goes on to insist Stewart “has the look” of a movie star, adding, “She’s very young, very beautiful and talented. And if she just keeps her hand on the wheel and makes good decisions… she should have an incredible career.” The filmmaker concludes, “She’s not someone you cast just because she’s beautiful. She can deliver. She’s got a sense of humor. She can give you the heavy stuff. She’s one of the crop of young actresses around now.”

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