The 24-year-old, who recently became the first American actress to win France's equivalent of the Oscar for 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' asks, "Why aren't we [as a society] mentioning the fact that it's so crazy that there are so many people that are so full of it? And why are we consuming them en masse?"
"I've never, ever been like, 'One day, I'm gonna win an Oscar,' " Kristen Stewart told me on Friday when we met up on the campus of Santa Monica College. The 24-year-old, who has been acting since the age of nine, says her dreams have always centered on the work, not the reward. "Truly, my 'one day' was always, 'I'm gonna be a director! One day, I'm gonna direct movies!'"
Therefore, Stewart was as surprised as anyone on Feb. 20 when, from her seat in Paris at the 40th César Awards — France's Oscars — she heard her name called as the winner of the best supporting actress prize for her performance as a movie star's assistant in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, making her the first American actress ever to take home a César. (The film, which has brought Stewart some of the best reviews of her career, premiered at Cannes last May, went on to screen at the Toronto, New York and AFI film fests and will finally open stateside on April 10.)
"Oh, man, it blew my head off, to be honest," Stewart says. "I couldn't believe that I got nominated, and then obviously I really, really couldn't believe that they gave it to me, because those people rigidly dole out praise, especially to Americans." She adds, "It felt really good," and then says in a fake snooty tone, "I would prefer a French Oscar [to an American Oscar]" before bursting into laughter.
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