Saturday, July 23, 2016
When the name Jesse Eisenberg was mentioned to Allen, his eyes lit up, recalling how the “Cafe Society” star skillfully evolved his character from the naive kid we see in the beginning — to a very sophisticated nightclub operator and guy-in-the-know, by the end of the movie.
“He’s a wonderful actor,” said Allen. “It’s not easy to do that, and Kristen Stewart had to do the same thing. They are two young kids in real life, and they did it for me beautifully in this picture.”
Allen is clearly extremely impressed with Stewart’s range as an actress. “In the [‘Twilight’] vampire movies she had to do one thing, and deliver one kind of performance for her director and her audience. In this film she had to something very different — and she totally delivered it for me.”
Question: What is it like for an actor to play a character without emotions?
Answer: It’s surprisingly strange, because your natural instinct is to feel something, and then to try and rein that in is a completely inhuman way of interacting. Drake’s style, the way he wanted things conveyed was very small and subtle and contained because it’s an awakening for these characters. So it’s a different challenge, but something I really enjoyed exploring with these guys.
Q: How did he work as a director?
A: He’s someone that’s so passionate and is really making movies for the right reasons. And it’s very collaborative. He creates an environment where you completely forget that you’re making a film, essentially. You capture moments that are very real and honest, and that’s all he wants. You completely lose yourself in it, and it’s rare, you know. Normally there’s a rigid format — action, cut, and you do your job between those, which is not how this worked at all.
Q: How did you prepare. Was there a lot of rehearsal?
A: This was like the least rehearsal ever. It was very much about exploring in the moment and keeping the cameras running and doing long takes and improvising. Rehearsal had a lot more to do with Drake, Kris and I getting to know each other, being comfortable with each other and trusting each other, that there was that safety blanket around us.
Q: Did you bond with Kristen Stewart over having been child actors?
A: Not really. That’s something that’s obviously part of our lives. Part of the thing that makes us similar is the fact that we’re not really in the classical world of acting and trained particularly. We’re both very curious people, and she’s incredibly smart and in touch with her emotions. So she’s inspiring to be around. She’s very passionate and cares wholeheartedly about film and telling stories, and also that moment right there. So it’s wonderful to be in scenes with her, because the smallest flick of an eye or quiver of her voice, you pick up on so little.
Q: The film was shot in Japan and Singapore. Was that an adventure?
A: We traveled all around Japan, because there was one architect (Tadao Ando) who designed all these museums and universities and offices, these immense glass and steel structures which were so clean and futurist and wonderful angles for John (Guleserian), the DP (director of photography), to light. They were part of the makeup of the movie.
One of the amazing things about making films on location is that very few people are from there. It’s an experience you’re all having together. You all stay in the same hotel and you live together, basically, for months. You get very close, and you’re having all these firsts together. It draws everyone much closer together than if you’re making a film while people are living at home and have very separate lives and worries in the real world.
KRISTEN Stewart, 26, has experienced her fair share of heartbreak. “Oh my God. I’ve been destroyed! Totally, absolutely. And thank God too,” she tells news.com.au.
“I’m going to write a f**king self-help book,” she jokes.
“It sounds really obvious when it comes to heartbreak, but I would say, be in it, don’t ignore it. If you’re in pain, just be like, ‘Ow!’ You have to keep going, like, ‘One more time with feeling.’ Crazy. things happen and you can never anticipate how things are actually going to go down, but you need to not regret,” she says
“The worst thing that can happen is when people start shutting down, when people are jaded and messed up by it but it’s wrong to blame other people. You need to take responsibility for your own happiness and I think that’s where you should start because then you can be happy with someone else,” she says.
She adds, “Going through it is awful but every single minute I’ve spent dying has made my life so rich and I would not exchange feeling so much for feeling nothing.”
Stewart is in New York to promote her upcoming Woody Allen movie, Cafe Society, in which she plays the lead role of a woman in a love triangle between Jesse Eisenberg, her co-worker, and Steve Carell, her boss. Arguably, it’s her best role to date.
Like her character, Stewart knows what it’s like to find love in the workplace.
She says, “With my work and my life, there’s such a grey area. I don’t go to work and turn off my personal, you know what I mean?” I don’t go to an office, I don’t have a typical job, so I can’t really speak to that but I can definitely relate to feeling stimulated by who you’re working with and sort of being in this bubble where you have this developing relationship. That’s real.”
Now with the Twilight saga behind her, Stewart’s life as a constant media fixture is a little less pervasive.
“It’s calmed down,” she agrees. “That fervour isn’t really there any more, which is nice, but I don’t think about it a whole lot, honestly. Actually, I ran into [director of the first Twilight film] Catherine Hardwicke the other day.” She smiles. “That sent me back and it definitely brought back those memories.”
She may not always be in the spotlight’s glare these days but she is far from anonymous. In fact, the entrance to Soho’s Crosby Street Hotel, our interview venue, was swarmed by paparazzi and fans hoping to get a glimpse of Stewart as she arrived. Descended from a black Escalade, head down, she walked at a brisk pace into the lobby.
Has being one of the world’s most recognisable faces prevented her from participating in some of life’s most mundane activities? “Well, I’m not super sad about not being able to go to malls,” she smiles. That’s not a problem for me.”
Presumably, getting drunk in a bar would also be off-limits these days?
“No. I can still do that,” she laughs. “I’d like to be able to stare at everyone and not have them stare back at me. It would be nice to switch that because typically if I go out and if I look up and engage, it’s a whole thing so I have to not do that. And I love looking at people. That’s why I’m an actor. I’m obsessed with people and why they do stuff.”
Stewart is often admired for her edgy style, though in her personal life she keeps it simple and says her wardrobe is less impressive than we might assume. “I’ve kept a few dresses from the Met Ball, but typically, we give all the stuff back. It’s like lent,” she laughs.
“I don’t think you’d be impressed by my closet. I have an entire wall of sneakers, a rack of T-shirts, and one little section for Chanel. You could probably picture my closet, to be honest. Just many colours and iterations of sneakers, jeans and T-shirts.”
Cafe Society has garnered mixed reviews although there is already Oscar buzz about Stewart’s role as a woman who changes the course of her life when she chooses between two men.
On the subject of paths we cross as a consequence of the relationships we choose, she says, “I think about that stuff all the time. I mean, I think everyone does. It’s the most natural thing to wonder what could have been but I’m pretty happy with where I’m at.”
Friday, July 22, 2016
Click on pic for full view.
SLS Films Prep 🎥💥
Kristen is with Michael Pruss (producer) and John Guleserian (DP) from 'Equals'.
Nicholas al @giffonifilmfest mentre parla di Kristen.— KristenStewart ITALY (@KStewITA) July 22, 2016
Nicholas taking about Kristen today. 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/xWMi9BxFQ1
Nicholas al @giffonifilmfest mentre parla di Kristen.— KristenStewart ITALY (@KStewITA) July 22, 2016
Nicholas talking about Kristen today. 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/1DrlpFUU2o
'Equals' screens at the festival on Friday 22 July at 7.30pm and 10.00pm CET.
The 'Blue Carpet' with Nicholas Hoult attending is at 5.00pm CET.
The Giffoni Film Festival in Italy runs from 15 - 24 July.
Thanks to KStewITA for the videos.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Click on the scans for full view.
The 26 year old is one of the most paid actresses of the world, after lots of work on set , she’s starting her new adventure as a director and she desire innovation.
One of it, it’s on her forearm and it says: “one more time with feeling”, the usual quote that every director usually say to their actors and we can actually translate it into : “let’s shoot the same scene again, but now with more feeling”.
Actually, Kristen says it’s a lifestyle ” if it’s not right the first time, you can alway try again and put your heart into it.”
And even if during our meeting i can’t ask anything about her private life and the relationship she has with Alicia Cargile, after the french singer Soko, today Kristen wants to talk about feelings.
Especially because they are the centre of her two new movies : in Equals she play Nia, a girl, who lives in a futuristic society where any tipe of emotions are banned, she fell in love with Silas, the guy played by Nicholas Hoult.
In Cafè Society, she is Vonnie, a secretary wearing Chanel and Jesse Eisenberg fell in love with her.
In your recent movies you had to deal with different type of love: the platonic one, the love of a teenager, passionate love, the love between two friends and the one way love. Which is the most addictive?
K: there’s no one better than the others.
You can’t define love and you can’t live without it. I act in different ways with everyone : i have a different relationship with my friend, with my family and even now i am acting different because you’re interviewing me. There’s lot of ways to love ourselves and to love other people.
In the movie Equals you play a girl who lives in a society where people who can love risk their life.
K: yeah, it’s actually not my type of world.
Instead, in Cafè Society by Woody Allen , your character, Vonnie, has to choose between a grown man but succesful, played by Steve Carell, and a young guy without money, Jesse Eisenberg. Who would you choose?
K: the movie is set in the 30’s, at that time, the priority for a woman was to find someone who could take care of her. The female indipendece wasn’t even a topic to discuss. What you will see in the theaters is a girl who have so much fun with the rich man played by Carell, but she even discover a quite life, more intimate, with the guy without money.
You didn’t tell me who would you choose.
K: i don feel comfortable choosing instead of the characters that i play. I personally love spending time with Jesse Eisenberg, so i will eventually end up with him.
Have you ever suffered for love?
K: suffered? I have been devastated.
And how did you heal?
K: moving on with my life, making my own choices without looking behind.
At first you suffer but then you realize that every minute spent suffering will make you feel stronger and conscious.
I woudn’t change anything about that pain : i prefer to suffer than being insensitive. And we have to remind that we are the cause of our happines and we are made to fall in love. Damn, i should write one of those help-book for people who have a broken heart.
Last week you appeared in a Talk Show and played Twister with the conductor Jimmy Fallon. You showed your competitive side. Have you always been like this?
K: i was the only girl in my family, my life have always been like : ” i can do it too, i can do it too”. I dont actually want to emerge in every situation, but if i play, i want to win and i am not shy to say it. But usually people like you more if you just loose.
You’re a worldwide celebrity, a style icon and one of the most paid actresses. What would you do if you could enjoy being anonymous?
K: i would take a walk alone, or i will just go to a mall or a place full of people. Not because i like mall, but because i could finally get to see people’s faces without being recognized. Sometimes i think that i’ve become an actress just because of my curiosity about people’s life.
You started at a young age, you were 9 when you played jodie foster’s daughter in the movie Panic Room. What did it make you curious back then?
K: at first i was only thinking about getting a job, go to the set and have some lines to play. After i found out how much passion i had about cinema and how much art there is in making every single scene.
We met in 2007 for the movie Into The Wild, but you were still a young shy private girl. Now you’re a determinated and confident woman. What more do we have to expect from you?
K: A movie, my movie. In the last year i worked on five different sets and now i have the chance to realize in 3 weeks a short movie that i wrote. I am so happy, i wanted to create something mine since i was a kid and now i have the chance to.
What the movie is about?
K: the name is Come Swim , but i will talk about it when it’s done. The lead actor is one of my friend named Josh. He’s not an actor but he’s phenomenal. You will see.
Did you ask any advice to your friend and mentor , Jodie Foster?
K: when i told her about the movie, the first thing she said was : ” the first thing you have to learn is that you have nothing to learn. You’re ready.”
She gave me some courage.
What scares you?
K: when i was a kid i had anxiety and i didnt know where it came from. Growing up , i learned that it’s pretty normal to have insecurity moments.
Thanks to the Twilight saga, where you were in love with the vampire played by your ex Robert Pattinson, you have been a teenager icon. You still enjoy the benefits of it?
K: well yeah, no one would have funded my short movie if i didnt play Bella.
The Woody Allen’s movie is set in Los Angeles, the city where you live. Do you feel at home in Hollywood?
K: i live in the East area, the alternative one and less touristic like Brooklyn for New York. In the movie the director of photography ,Vittorio Storaro, show an Hollywood with a golden light and it is actually the one i get to live in california, solar and positive.
The highlight of the movie are the Chanel dresses that you get to wear. Did you get get to own one of them?
K: not this time. I usually get one from every set because, at the end of the movie, i feel like no one should wear the dresses of the characters i played. This time was different, they were pure art and they were really expensive.
If i could open your wardrobe what would i find inside? The dresses you get to wear on the red carpet?
K: one of two , yes. Especially the ones from the Met Gala. But the most of them is borrowed. In my wardrobe you would find lots of tshirts and sneakers.
K: yes but they’re all very unique.
Digital scans thanks to KStewartItaly translation thanks to KStewItaly
Kristen Stewart declared independence about four years ago, just after the last Twilight film ended her obligations to the franchise.
For her, this is what freedom first looked like – tiny movies such as Peter Sattler’s Camp X-Ray, where she played a female soldier at Guantanamo; Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, a Sundance stunner co-starring Michelle Williams, playing the daughter of Julianne Moore’s dementia patient in Still Alice.
Now, she’s enjoying her independence day – disentangled from Twilight and The Huntsman and the attendant dreary carousel of headlines, re-invented as an actress who works with iconic auteurs including Woody Allen, Olivier Assayas, Ang Lee.
She seems surprised she pulled it off too. “It’s insanely cool,” she says. “It’s amazing, the kinds of people that the universe has brought me to. I am working with the people that I idolised growing up.”
Above all though, this year’s collaboration with Woody Allen in Café Society, his take on the Golden Age of Hollywood, has made Stewart stand out – the film opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival and one thing critics were agreed upon, was that the actress herself was ‘luminous.’ Her profile was further raised this year by another star turn, this time in Olivier Assayas’s Personal Shopper. The film utterly divided reviewers at Cannes, but the UK’s Guardian newspaper glowingly described it as “a bat squeak of craziness.”
“At its core, it’s a ghost story about someone contemplating the larger questions of life, such as are we really alone?” says Kristen of Personal Shopper.
Ghostbusters it’s not, however. Her character Maureen, as well as being a medium convinced her dead twin has something to say to her, spends her non-haunted hours playing lackey for an ultra-rich supermodel. Maureen passes the time borrowing her clothes; Balenciaga, Chanel; all the kinds of outfits that Kristen Stewart herself wears on the red carpets. It’s a smirk to the industry from Assayas, with the actress fully in on his joke.
“I revel in winking at what is glaringly obvious to us at least, the surface nature of what we – and me sometimes – are guiltily obsessed with, “ she grins. “ I mean by that, these distractions that genuinely don’t matter, those shiny things that we obsess over. It’s fun for me to nod at the absurdity of it because I’m so involved in it.
“With anyone else I think it would still be tough and interesting but it’s perfectly and gratifyingly ironic out of my mouth.”
This LA native likes getting dressed up, particularly by Karl Lagerfeld, but still says she mocks herself for it: “If I were to show my twelve year old self the things I do … as much as I love the fashion aspects of my job, I would be shocked at twelve to know this. I’m not the most obvious choice for it.”
Between the Twilight series and her first forays into what a post Bella Swan job would look like – Walter Salles’s On The Road, playing Joan Jett in The Runaways – she constantly seemed to be paired with the adjective ‘surly.’ This was unfair; Twilight and especially The Huntsman brought the kind of throw-her-under-the-bus scrutiny that would have made many young women give up. After this torrid time, reviews don’t seem to bother the actress; Clouds of Sils Maria, her first collaboration with Assayas, sparked similarly mixed reaction.
“I feel if you function from a very honest place, there’s never going to be a time when you are going to regret whatever choices you make,” she says. “You never regret a creative venture, because the experience was worth it, even if you don’t make a perfect movie. There’s never a time when I am wondering whether it’s a good idea for me to do a film, it feels compulsive.”
So what would it take to get her back onto the set of a blockbuster? A bloody good script?
“It would indeed have to be a bloody good script,” she admits, smiling slightly. “But if that was the case, I would be very excited, as there’s nothing quite like reaching that many people. We make films just to get closer to each other anyway – don’t we? – and any way we could share on a grand scale would be incredible. It’s a little bit rare to find it in the blockbuster context, because believe me when a big movie hits, it’s so incredibly satisfying.
“I just did a film with Ang Lee, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, it’s not what I’d describe as a blockbuster, it’s definitely not a franchise, but it’s certainly commercial. And it was really enormous in scale. It was really interesting to step onto a movie like that again – I was saying, ‘wow, you really have the big guns, you have more than one camera on set and more than thirty people here!’ It’s a whole different experience.”
Lee’s film should be her next release; it asks hard questions of America’s perception of its military, and how ugly truth can be packaged into something far more palatable for the public. A film that poses questions, without providing the answers, is what Kristen Stewart loves, “because it allows you to own a thought process that is not cultivated or owned by a director. I love unconstructed meditations.”
It’s always interesting to ask a Californian for a spiritual perspective, especially as Personal Shopper is as near as she’s come to a thriller since her childhood film with Jodie Foster, Panic Room. Is there really only the flimsy veil between the living and the dead that Maureen seems to think exists?
“Whatever your eyes are perceiving to be reality is a very personal experience and whether or not that is the same for everyone, or if it’s some sort of fabrication or illusion and we’re all living in the Matrix, I think there is a reason why we’re asking these questions, “she replies.
“But to answer whether I believe in an afterlife or ghosts or anything like that- I have no idea but I know there’s something there that we can’t see and it drives us.”
Whatever is driving Kristen Stewart towards fulfilment; it’s working.
Note: The quotes from this interview sound familiar from other recent interviews but we are posting it here.