Friday, July 29, 2016

Kristen's Interview with S Moda (El Pais, Spain)

Kristen Stewart smiles again

She just dyed her hair blonde and plays a bright woman in the latest Woody Allen film. The actress wants to end the mysterious aura that surrounds and conditions her. Will she achieve it?

To Woody Allen the Twilight actress seems young, bright and seductive. Far from the darkness and mystery that surrounds her, that's how he sees her in his new film, Cafe Society. However, Kristen Stewart (Los Angeles, 1990) cannot escape form the label international independent film queen. Proved by, among others, the fact of having been the first American artist to win a French Cesar, in the latest Cannes Film Festival. But Allen and the second film she has shoot with Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper, are intended to be her definitive reinvention. Stewart, who began working in Hollywood at nine, has learned to speak honestly, even though shyness still shows up in her non-verbal language she can't stop moving her legs, plays with her rings and hardly look into the eyes. But, yes, she answers bluntly.

Cafe Society is your third film with Jesse Eisenberg. Is he your fetish actor?

Yes, indeed, we had just finished American Ultra, when we started with Woody Allen. I didn't have time to miss him. Jesse and I are friends. We have our own language, conversations that most people will not be interested in because we are too analytical, dark, esoteric...Also, in Cafe Society I play a seductive and vulnerable woman, and with him I was not ashamed. Jesse is easy, there are only a few people with whom I feel so comfortable.

You have said that the most curious parts are those that teach you something about yourself. What did you learn this time?

I thought about the different types of love. It was liberating and revealing. I admire the ability of my character to value time and hang onto it. Parts like this open your mind.

Woody Allen has said that when he saw you he imagines you as "a young woman with white socks living in the countryside".

In the audition he said to me, "I think you're a great actress, you would be perfect for the role, it will be fine if you get this cheerful quality outside. I need to see that you can be funny, spontaneous, impulsive...The film will only work if you are captivating:. I auditioned, a cold reading, and left convinced that he will not call me. But he called.

At Sundance, after Certain Women was screened, you spoke out on women situation in Hollywood.

The only way to change something is talking about it and making decisions to launch women into a position of power. Although, the more you talk, the more you move away from yourself. I shouldn't celebrate "how well women were doing in Sundance". I should talked about the film.

You convey the image of a strong woman. Are you?

I am concerned about people having a wrong impression of me. Sometimes it's kind of like a comic book that has been sold. It is a false story that has been fueled by an industry that is obsessed with money.

Are you still affected when you read things about yourself?

It used to affect me. Now I look to the other side.

Your character in Cafe Society says she would rather be a normal size person, be a good actress rather than see her face on huge posters.

I don't think celebrities are huge anymore. We have been stripped down. Hollywood used to be dazzling and almost untouchable. The stars were on another level. But it is obvious that we are fragile now.

Is that good?

Yes it is. Yellow press sometimes tells truths; others the don't. But you have to focus on what matters to you, because there is enough stupidity in the world.

Source Translation thanks @Uchiland

Thursday, July 28, 2016

"Come Swim" films from 25 July - 3 August 2016

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"Come Swim" has started production!

"Equals" cinematographer John Guleserian is confirmed as being the cinematographer on "Come Swim" too.

From the clapboard it started filming on 25 July in Los Angeles.


Kristen and the film crew on location in Arizona.

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"Come Swim" wrapped on 3 August 2016!

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Video: Kristen, Blake and Parker Posey's interview with IMDB for 'Cafe Society'

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Kristen's interview w/ the Sydney Morning Herald + Olivier Assayas talks about her

In an age of celebrity narratives, the Kristen Stewart story has proved to be an enduring best-seller. Call up Kristen Stewart on Google right now and there is a string of little "news" items with pictures of her holding hands with women in public, with accompanying texts saying she just doesn't care any more, she's going to be just who she wants.

Clearly, that does not include being a person who can ever walk to the corner shop without being bothered. Woody Allen, who directed her in his new film Cafe Society, jokes in Cannes that he can't stand hearing actors "kvetching about privacy and paparazzi" because nobody should complain about being able to get a good table in a restaurant. Next day, Stewart snaps back.

"He's 80 years old. He was famous in a very different time," she says sharply. "We have entirely different answers to that question because we have had entirely different experiences with fame and the way we consume the reality show that is the entertainment industry. It's been turned into something that it never was and I've been cast as a character that is fully developed by everyone but me. And I have a part in that, for sure.

"People's impressions of me are not wrong; you can have a cumulative impression of me based on pictures or interviews or movies or whatever and that is not wrong. That is, you know, a genuine impression of me. But you cannot deny that the booming industry that motivates these stories is not about anything but money."

A moment's break, please, to consider Woody Allen's recent experience of notoriety: whatever he has or hasn't done, fame hasn't exactly been a picnic in the park for him, either. Stewart, however, shoots from the hip; actually, it's the way she talks about fame that marks her out as a new breed of celebrity, perhaps the only example of that breed, who is indeed who she wants to be and says what she wants to say. Even more remarkably, she has become that person while under the spotlight. There was nowhere else to do it; her Twilight years began almost a decade ago, but she is still only 26.

Not that her relationship with fame was ever comfortable. Stewart was not a confident teenager; she says now that she suffered from crippling anxiety. "I don't mean in relation to any pressures of my job. Just when you lay your head down at night on the pillow you are thinking, 'What's going to happen? Do I have any control over it?' And contending with having a physical self and not being able to get away from that, the relentlessness of having a mind as well, not having a break from that. It is really overwhelming."

Now that she says it, you remember how she used to look as if she was trying to escape from her own skin. There is a bit of footage somewhere on YouTube where she is on stage promoting The Runaways with her co-star Dakota Fanning; while Fanning is cool and almost uncannily poised, as if she had been born to stand on podiums, Stewart – who has been acting since she was nine years old, so actually was pretty much born to it – wriggles uncomfortably, as if she has crumbs under her clothes. She doesn't wriggle now.

And whereas she used to be hesitant and snippy in interviews, she no longer shares the common actors' view that doing publicity is the penalty you pay for creative rewards. "When you are staying true to yourself and true to your art there isn't a dark side, because there is not one question that can throw you if you are coming from a very honest place," she says. "I think what used to alienate me and make me feel put on the spot now, actually just alienates the person asking. Because we just don't share the same values so I don't care about that person. And so it doesn't affect me."

Her film choices since Twilight went dark show the same gritty determination to plough her own furrow. At the Cannes Film Festival, we meet to discuss her roles in Cafe Society and in Personal Shopper, a kind of cerebral ghost story by French director Olivier Assayas, who will go on to win the festival's prize as best director. Other recent films have included the misfiring thriller American Ultra and the much stranger, oddly intriguing Equals, where she played an apparatchik in a world where emotions are forbidden.

We have yet to see her in Certain Women, which along with Personal Shopper is showing in this year's Melbourne International Film Festival. It is directed by Meek's Cutoff director Kelly Reichardt and stars Stewart as a young lawyer in the Midwest who strikes up a relationship with a lonely woman ranch hand. In Ang Lee's forthcoming Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, she plays the wife of a damaged Iraq War veteran [this is an error, as we know she plays his sister]; next up, she is supposed to be making a film about the murderer Lizzie Borden. It's all interesting stuff, with none of it – with the possible exception of the Ang Lee – likely to set cash registers jangling. That isn't Stewart's concern.

Admittedly, Cafe Society is classic Allen: a romantic comedy set in Hollywood's heyday, where the art deco houses look like sets from The Gay Divorcee and glamorous people drink martinis until dawn. Stewart plays Vonnie, a sunnily free-spirited agent's assistant who befriends an awkward naif – the usual Allen alter-ego, played here by Jesse Eisenberg – who falls hopelessly in love with her.

"Vonnie's mannerisms and demeanour are pretty outside my immediate personality traits," says Stewart, "but I don't feel like I'm that far from the character … I think for a story that's told in the context of that era, it is really forward and really cool and really modern that she can really indulge in unconventional relationships and not feel bad about it. How do I relate to that? In so many ways, I think we can all relate to that."

That Stewart should leap at the opportunity to work with Allen and her old pal Eisenberg is not so surprising; what is more surprising is that she auditioned for the part, putting herself on tape and presenting for a full read.

"I really appreciate auditioning for something," she says. "It just sort of validates your place in film, rather than the obvious, 'OK, I can get your movie some money'. It's so hard to get a movie made; if filmmakers have to alter their choices in order to do that … well, it happens a lot. I don't want to be that altered choice."

Personal Shopper is the second film she has made with French director Olivier Assayas; she had already auditioned, in a sense, playing Juliette Binoche's personal assistant in Clouds of Sils Maria.

"I think that, right now, Kristen is one of the most exciting actresses," says Assayas. "I'm not sure where her boundaries are. When I made Clouds of Sils Maria with her, that part was not written for her and it was kind of a one-dimensional character. I was kind of frustrated because I kept thinking, 'Oh my God, I can push her further and further – and one day I should try'. Personal Shopper is my shot at that. And I still don't see where she stops."

Assayas is well-known in France for making complex dramas in which personal stories and political contexts play against each other. In Personal Shopper, he uses the vocabulary of horror movies – ghosts, dark corridors, quivering music – to explore bereavement. Stewart's Maureen – whose job shopping for busy rich people gives the film its name – is grieving for her dead twin brother at a point where she believes she starts to see his ghost. Then she starts receiving texts, seemingly from the beyond.

For much of the film Stewart is alone on screen, waiting for signs and wrestling with her own hope, fear and lingering scepticism.

"What Kristen had to do was incredibly complex, because she had to invent her own pacing and her own dynamics and I can't really help her with that," says Assayas. "When it's a dialogue scene, I can cut. I can accelerate, I can extend, I can fix it. Here a lot of the scenes were totally dependent on her own defining of the truthfulness of every action."

Both these characters – all her characters – come from somewhere near Stewart's surface. "That's kind of the goal," she says. "I know a lot of actors like to hide behind characters so they can explore subjects more freely, but I feel the opposite of that. I feel as soon as I feel revealed and visible, that is when I am actually conveying something worthwhile. Vonnie was definitely in there somewhere: I wasn't faking it."

Maureen in Personal Shopper was closer to home; she recalled Stewart's own past anxieties.

"I play somebody who is flitting back and forth between being someone so stuck in her own head, so shut down, that she can't be remotely physical; she's so stifled and debilitated by those thoughts that her body literally atrophies. I know that feeling. And I know how to stop it from ruining your life. So when I looked at Maureen I really felt for her and I wanted to press fast forward, because I know that while it lasts longer for some people, it's kind of temporary. I think that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for her and at some point she is just going to say, 'God, I really fell into a hole there!'."

Maureen has another side, however, expressed in shopping. Assayas says he chose to make the character a shopper because he wanted to make a film about "a very modern character". Of course, as Stewart acknowledges, there is some fun to be had in casting her in these roles – as an actor's PA in Clouds of Sils Maria and a personal shopper here – where she can snap about "these cockroaches" of the press or agonise about finding her client the right shoes, "the more apparent superficialities of what I'm so entrenched in". It's ironic amusement. For Assayas, however, there is a larger point to be made.

"I wanted to make a movie about someone immersed in modern life," he says. "To me what defines modern life is the tension between the demented materialism of the modern world and the longings we can have for something more spiritual and abstract. And I think the fashion industry – and the kind of stupid jobs the fashion industry can generate like the personal shopper – are the epitome of materialism. This is the epitome of an alienated job in our modern society. Like all those jobs that have to do with media, it is not fulfilling. How could it be? It is always about frustration. Although, in a way, the person being shopped for is the more alienated of the two."

Stewart doesn't have a shopper, but she has worked for years with the same stylist. Unsurprisingly, she takes a more benign view of that side of her world than Assayas does; for her, it is at least potentially about beauty and sensuality.

"You know it's a whole job, it's like hair and make-up and clothes. I actually have a lot of fun with that. You can either hide behind stuff like that or you can actually let it highlight who you are. Some stylists want to reshape you, but when they are good at what they do, they really see you. And if you put on the right garment, it really helps you to stand proudly and you feel you have a context. It's like you're not lying."

It may well be Maureen's salvation that she is able to immerse herself, as Assayas has said, in the look of things, in the present moment, in things that aren't about too much thinking. "The base of it in Personal Shopper is that you have someone who is really attracted to beauty, but so self-hating that she feels guilty about it," says Stewart. "There is a really shameful quality to wanting to be pretty and liking pretty things. Because she doesn't really like herself, she finds it farcical. Fashion can be a really gorgeous art and there is nothing wrong with appreciating beauty; it is part of what makes us human, it is a version of spiritualism. But it is so f---ing obvious when people are doing it for different reasons and she is not sure where she lies with that."

Where does Kristen Stewart lie with that? All over the place, probably. We see her on the red carpet in Chanel, looking like a space-age Coppelia, her eyelids black as a panda's; next thing, we see her in pap shots with her girlfriend Alicia Cargile​ wearing a plain T-shirt and cut-offs, happy in her skin at last. There is a woman in her life; there have been men, notably her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson; she feels no need either to fudge the truth or define herself as one thing or another. As an actress, she is quoted as saying in today's celebrity news, she thrives on ambiguity.

It's a good line, pumping the story along for another day. At one time, the Kristen Stewart narrative seemed destined to culminate in a fairytale ending, rather after the style of the Twilight saga. Thanks to the strength of its lead character, it's now turned into an arthouse indie in which Stewart, however reluctantly, shares authorship.

"I think what defines Kristen is her sense of freedom," says Assayas. "She's a rebel. She's someone who doesn't want to be put in a box the way most Hollywood stars are put in boxes. She goes for her instincts and that is something very few American actors can do. No one else of her generation, I would say. She is unique."


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Kristen for Elle UK - September 2016 (Editorial, Interview, BTS video and photos)

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Hair by Adir Abergel. Makeup by Jillian Dempsey.


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The cover shown here is the alternative cover for news stands.

Interviewer Lotte Jeffs: In June I went to Los Angeles to interview Kristen Stewart for ELLE UK's September issue cover. As my Uber dropped me at the door to her house and drove off, I got a message to say our meeting had be pushed back an hour. I was stranded at the top of a hill in an affluent gated community in the mid-day heat, wearing a boiler suit which in retrospect must have made me look even more suspicious as I trekked back down the hill past palm-fringed mansions with scary dogs outside that barked aggressively at me. I then had to squeeze myself through a gap in the gate to exit, because this being LA, it only opened for vehicles. With 30 minutes to kill and no coffee shops within walking distance I sat, sweating, on a patch of grass by the side of the road, looking like some kind of escaped convict.

Needless to say by the time I made it back up to Kristen's front door I was a hot mess, but she welcomed me in, gave me a cold glass of water in a jam jar (of course) and then we hopped in her car to run some errands, which included going to vote for the Democratic nominee.

An hour or so later, back in her living room, drinking iced lattes we got to talking.

I found Kristen great company; funny, bright, engaging and best of all happy and grounded. We talked about her work, including her first foray into directing, how she overcame anxiety and her love for her girlfriend- who she told me is not, nor has ever been her personal assistant!

Transcript of full interview:


​'Information is not being stolen from me anymore because I don't hide any of it. What I care about is living in a truthful way, and I really am'

If you find it hard to believe there's anyone in Los Angeles who hasn't heard of Kristen Stewart, you can't have met Errol. The octogenarian manning the local polling station for Democratic nominees is oblivious to the megastar standing in front of him. 'And you are?' he demands while flicking officiously through his register. 'It's S-T-E-W-A-R-T,' Kristen whispers, not wanting to loudly proclaim her full name, which must seem like it belongs more to other people than it does herself.

But nope, Errol does not quite hear her so she reluctantly inches up the volume to announce herself once more. Then there's a problem – it's the first time Kristen has ever voted ('It's terrible, I know, but I've always been away or in this weird bubble') and she's been marked as an absentee. Errol does not approve and gives her a form to fill in. I reckon she's quite enjoying this entirely normal interaction – the form not being whisked away and sorted out on her behalf must be a novelty. She pulls out a driver's licence, which features a photo of a girl who looks a lot like Twilight's Bella Swan, and gets to work. Once her vote has been cast,for Bernie Sanders by the way, we both get an 'I voted' sticker and I feel proud to have done my bit for US politics – even if as we're driving back to her home in a nearby gated community, it's announced on Twitter that Hillary Clinton has pretty much won the Democratic nomination.

She drives like she talks, veering off fast in one direction then stopping abruptly before jolting forward again. Hunched over the wheel swearing like a trooper, Kristen is a compelling combination of edgy and a Kerouac kind of cool. She's 26, the same age as my younger cousin (to whom I'm very close), and I find myself slipping into the same role I have with her: protective yet practical, keen to make things comfortable for someone who is slightly less socially confident than me. She won't do up her seatbelt, despite the car's incessant beeping and in the end I tell her to buckle up for goodness sake, and she does. I feel instinctively that I want to keep her safe. There's a withered red rose on the dashboard and I have a hunch who it's from (stay tuned). The fact that she keeps it there makes me think my instincts might be right – she's one of those people who cares so acutely they're forever teetering on the edge of suffering. But then, as Anne Brontë wrote, 'who dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose.'

Later Kristen tells me, 'There are some people who are really consumed by their relationships, and some who compartmentalise and focus on other things. There are just some people in life who f*cking feel so much and some who don't let themselves go there.' 

'So are you the former?' I ask. 'Yes! I think also right now I'm just really in love with my girlfriend. We've broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time I was like, "Finally, I can feel again".' Her girlfriend is Alicia Cargile, a digital effects artist. She is not, nor has she ever been, Kristen's personal assistant. ('It makes Alicia so mad when people write that. She's a really successful artist in her own right.')

We're back at her home in the suburbs of LA's bohemian Los Feliz district, drinking iced coffees in the 'snug' at the bottom of her modern two-storey villa. It has a cosy, upbeat vibe – characterful and lived-in, yet tidy enough to know she really loves her space. Her dogs hang out on the terrace overlooking the infinity pool. Kristen, who is wearing skinny grey jeans, white Converse trainers, and a white T-shirt with a padlock necklace, wafts her hands towards an unemptied ashtray on the coffee table. 'This is a problem,' she says. 'As I am getting older I'm growing into my OCD. If things are a mess, I feel like I have lost everything. So I procrastinate by tidying, which is so stupid. I say to myself, "Just do what you need to do. If you want to write something, if you need to get a thought out, if you need to call someone about something creative, do it now! You don't need to organise your desk first."' 

We talk more about control and she acknowledges 'once everything is taken care of I can set up a space or involve myself in a situation that I can completely and utterly lose myself in'. I suggest that this is what makes her such a captivating actress. Whether she's playing the emotionless Nia in Drake Doremus' sci-fi romance Equals or a capricious 1930s society girl in Woody Allen's brilliant new film Café Society, you believe her. In a four-star review, The Independent called Allen's latest work 'gentle, whimsical and sumptuously shot', while Kristen's performance has been widely praised, and rightly so. Though she's keen to get into directing and is this summer working on her first short – a 'very visual art film' – she still loves acting. 'I have a really strong sense of identity when I'm working,' she says. 'If I'm having a bad day, or something existential or hormonal… If anything brings me down, I'm lucky if I have to go to work that day. And that could be anything, [from a film to] a photo shoot for Chanel.' She is an ambassador for the brand and is also the face of Chanel Beauty, a role which she can throw herself into with enthusiasm because Lucia Pica, Chanel's new Global Creative Make-up and Colour Designer, is what she calls 'a friend and true visionary'. She says being around people who inspire her makes her feel 'stimulated and like I have purpose; like I'm strong, confident and feel really good. So in terms of identity, I love my job.' 

What she doesn't love is everything that comes with the job: 'When I'm making a movie or developing something, I really do forget about "celebrity" and that I have some responsibility to interact with the public on what is for me a very personal level, but for them not personal at all. It's an entirely imbalanced relationship.' 

She takes a drag of her cigarette and blows smoke in my face, before apologising profusely and moving out to the terrace muttering, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry. That's awful.' I join her in the midday heat, and take in the sprawling vista of palm trees and hilltop mansions spilling into distant downtown skyscrapers.

'I very naturally do what I do,' she continues. 'The part that's not easy is addressing so many people at the same time. I know how to talk to you, but I don't know how to interact with the public because that's not one person – there's no way to personally address that entity.' What would she be like if she wasn't famous? She laughs. 'Maybe I'd be more confident. Maybe I'd have a public Instagram and be obsessed with how many followers I had, as I'd need all the attention. I'd be one of those people talking really loudly in restaurants. I'd need to perform. Actors want to be looked at. I am the antithesis of that when I'm in public. Then I'm like, "Please everyone, I don't want to exist." But there is still a strong desire in me to be seen. It's so weird.' 

I tell her about my interview the previous day with Amandla Stenberg. She's a young star whose fame is a result of talking directly to her fans and owning her narrative in a way that seems quite alien to actors such as Kristen who are nearly a decade older. We talk about Amandla's vlogs, in which she is open about everything, including figuring out her sexuality and sense of self. 'It's so genuine, and it's so cool,' says Kristen. 'I really admire it. Luckily, I can feel proud in a different way because I acknowledge that a whole bunch of people look at me and I live by example.' 

She says she wasn't exactly hiding anything before the last few years, but feels now, more than ever, that she's 'not being taken from'. She says, 'Information is not being stolen from me anymore because I don't hide any of it. I don't care about any of the media coverage. What I care about is living in a truthful way, and I really am.' I interject to ask if 'living by example', means being open about her girlfriend. 'Yes! When I was dating a guy, I was hiding everything personal that I did because it was immediately trivialised. We [Kristen and ex-partner, Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson] were turned into these characters and placed into this ridiculous comic book, and I was like, "That's mine. You're making my relationship something that it's not." I didn't like that. But it changed when I started dating a girl. I thought, actually, to hide this provides an implication that I'm ashamed of it, so I had to alter how I approached being in public. It opened my life up and I'm so much happier.' 

I'm pleased her sexuality was not the cause of any crisis of self or confusion. As a girl with a girlfriend myself, I know there's nothing more boring than getting stuck in a conversation with someone who wants to know the details of your coming out and secretly hopes there was some inner conflict along the way, or asks how 'gay' you are on the Kinsey scale, or when you first knew you were attracted to women. But Kristen and I agree that none of this matters.

Not to say things have always been easy. At the height of her Twilight fame, she admits, 'I went through so much stress.' The pressure of being a young star contributed to serious physical anxiety: 'I had panic attacks. I used to puke every day and very casually too. Luckily I never suffered from an eating disorder; it wasn't to do with that. I always had a stomach ache. And I was a control freak. I couldn't anticipate what was going to happen in a given situation, so I'd be like, "Maybe I'm going to get sick." Then I'd be sick.'

So how did she get better? Did the situation change or did she change?

'I changed, that's the thing – at a certain point I realised that the fear was death, but I had gone through so much that did not kill me and… Sorry, I know that sounds dramatic. It is kind of what my short film is about – that first blow, that first awakening of realising [she shakes her head, her bleached blonde mop flopping over her eyes as she does so], "Oh, no, no, no, I'm fine." And it's only really in retrospect that I realise the anxiety just ran out. I didn't have the energy to do that any more.' 

I wonder if she ever still has those anxious feelings in the pit of her stomach but she says no. 'It's kind of remarkable. I just grew out of it, but that's not to say I don't get worried.' She tells me she saw an acupuncturist recently because she can't sleep and was told her adrenal glands run at a high rate. 'I'm a highfrequency person. I wake up here [she gestures high above her head]. Then as the day progresses most people systematically produce less and less adrenalin so they are ready to sleep, but I have this fight or flight thing – I just won't come down.' She acknowledges that this is a response to anxiety, 'but it doesn't debilitate me. If I'm not sleeping, I'm fine. It doesn't worry me. I have no problem with odd hours.' 

Her crew of artists and other actresses such as Dakota Fanning keep her grounded and, like all of us, she has different friends for different things. She says, 'There are people who it's so easy for me to be compassionate with. All I do when I see them is compliment them. I'm constantly like, "Dude, that looks so good on you." It works both ways and by the end of the day I'm like, "Why are we just sitting here complimenting each other. What the f*ck is wrong with us?! We obviously need this."' 

Most of her friends live locally, but Kristen's is the party house: 'I have one room that's soundproofed so I can play drums really loud.' She also vicariously enjoys her friends' Tinder profiles, but says, 'It doesn't happen often enough. I'm always like, "Wait, let me see!" It's so fun. I've looked over shoulders and been like, "You should say this…" and I have gone through swiping sessions, but I'll mess them up sometimes and I'll swipe the wrong direction.' 

She sometimes sneaks into the back of dive bars to 'dance around with friends to stupid music', and in particular loves 'Emo night' at her local. 'It is honestly soul reviving; it is so uplifting. It happens once a month and I wish it happened more often, but it's basically a room full of 300 people all just, like, owning music that is so uncool. Nothing makes me feel better than that.' She admits to being a reluctant dancer. 'I wish I wasn't. I've had a few experiences where it's four in the morning and I'm in Paris, and I'm like, "Wait, it's Rihanna," and I'll go for it. Then I'm like, "That was so fun, why can't I harness that more often?" And it feels like something just passed me by – I had it for a second then I lost it again.' 

She looks down at the 'I voted' sticker on the lapel of her black bomber jacket and now seems like the right time to ask Kristen if this marks a new politically engaged stage in her life. 'I feel a little bit more proactive. I'm not as bogged down by my work. I've been able to open my eyes and go, "Oh, wow, I live in a world that exists around me and isn't just about making movies." I was just so consumed by my work for so long. It's important to step out of that.' 

So does she feel a pressure to have a 'cause' in the way Emma Watson and Angelina Jolie so passionately do? She says, 'Actually, I wish people would put more pressure on me. The more you are exposed to, the more you can funnel your power. I haven't done any of that at all yet but I understand what I could be capable of.' 

In the meantime, maybe it's enough of an achievement that Kristen has survived anxiety and grown up amid a barrage of untruths, judgement and public scrutiny, emerging from it still positive, still kind, still true to herself and, most importantly, still with a sense of humour. She says, 'I have a sturdy faith in my base. I obviously hope everything going on right now will work out, but I am confident that life is good and I'll be OK whatever. In moments when that is cloudy and I feel saturated – however consuming those feelings are, they are so momentary. I'm think pretty good at being happy.' If I was her, I wouldn't whisper my name, I'd say it loud and proud. Kristen Stewart may have just voted for the first time, but in her own small way, I think she's already changing the world. ■

Kristen Stewart stars in Café Society, in cinemas 2 September. The September issue will be available on newsstands from 3 August.

Interview Lotte Jeffs Photography Liz Collins Styling Anne-Marie Curtis Clothes Chanel

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Woody Allen mentions Kristen w/ Chicago Sun Times

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.”


Nicholas Hoult talks about 'Equals' and Kristen w/ AZ Central

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's interview with

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

“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

Photo of Kristen doing 'prep' for "Come Swim"

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Kristen is with Michael Pruss (producer) and John Guleserian (DP) from 'Equals'.

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Video: 'Equals' Featurette - Nia and Silas

Check out more of the BTS featurette at our previous post here.

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Video: Kristen and Drake Doremus' interview with 'Movies on Demand' for 'Equals'


Video: Nicholas Hoult mentions Kristen at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy

'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. 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Kristen's interview from Grazia Italy - July 2016

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It’s so weird to meet Kristen Stewart in New York. We both live in L.A, and today we’re at the Crosby Hotel, near the World Trade Center. The reason is that she’s so busy with the promo tour of her new movies : The sci-fi Equals & the sophisticated comedy of Woody Allen Cafe Society.

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.

That’s all?

K: yes but they’re all very unique.

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Kristen's interview with Electria Media

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.


Kristen, Nicholas and Drake Doremus' interview with The LA Times + NEW Portraits

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For a long time, it seemed like Kristen Stewart was hiding. Under hoodies and flat-brimmed caps. From flashbulbs. Even her voice, because silence couldn’t betray her.

Back then, when she was known as the star of the “Twilight” films, the idea of living in a world without emotion might have perhaps appealed to her. That’s the premise of her new film, “Equals,” which is about a futuristic society where humans have been stripped of feelings because they cause too much physical and mental anguish.

But now, at 26, Stewart is repelled by the idea of withholding emotion. In fact, it’s something she’s often not even capable of.

“People used to think I was really expressionless,” she said. “But I’m such an oversharer. Recently, I was puking before a Chanel show in Beijing; I ate fried rice or something that was not good. And when I walked in, I just started telling everyone I didn’t feel well. It was the grossest thing, but I prefer them thinking I’m gross then wondering, ‘What’s wrong with her? She’s being weird tonight.’ ”

She’d just thrown down her backpack and slid into a booth next to Nicholas Hoult, her co-star in “Equals,” which opened nationwide on Friday. Drake Doremus, their director, sat across from them.

Stewart removed her ball cap and ruffled her hair, which was platinum blond with purposefully dark, exposed roots. Her outfit was a mix of grungy hi-and-low: mesh socks with sneakers, a Chanel watch, tons of smudged black eyeliner. Hoult, meanwhile, had flown in the night before from England and looked sleepy, like he’d thrown on whatever happened to be packed at the top of his suitcase.

In “Equals,” the two play lovers. Though their characters are supposed to be unfeeling, each is afflicted with S.O.S. -- Switched-On Syndrome -- which means they’re fully emotional beings often crippled by sexual desire, fear and sadness. When they start to fall for each other, they must keep their relationship a secret or risk being treated for S.O.S. and being stripped of emotions again.

The movie is something of a departure for Doremus, an indie naturalist who tends toward messy relationship dramas. Though “Equals” again finds him working with two young actors -- his most successful film, 2011’s “Like Crazy,” provided a launching pad for Felicity Jones and the late Anton Yelchin -- it also marks the first time he’s explored the world of science fiction. The film was shot in Japan and Singapore and has a colorless, sterile aesthetic. And Doremus stuck loosely to a screenplay (written by Nathan Parker), even though in the past he’s typically used only a scrappy outline.

Despite the changes, Doremus retained his familiar rehearsal process, asking Hoult and Stewart to spend a week doing exercises together before filming began. Some of the drills were trippy: In one, the actors had to stare at one another for an hour, saying nothing but “hello” back-and-forth. The goal, the filmmaker said, was to get the actors to think about what it would be like to be blank slates.

“It was all about stripping things down, which is sort of the opposite of how you normally approach movies -- trying to add layers and complexity,” said Doremus. “There’s no backstory here, so essentially, we just had to rebirth and start over.”

“This was the first time a director has turned around and been like, ‘Do nothing. Do less,’ ” said Hoult, who starred in “About a Boy” when he was 12 and has since appeared in the “X-Men” films and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

“The hard part was finding how base of a place we were supposed to be starting from,” Stewart chimed in. “I was so close to that, especially then, that I was like, ‘It's just going to hurt so badly to do this movie if we do it right.’ I was terrified. How could we possibly look at things with baby eyes?”

It was a hypothetical the trio explored at length during the rehearsal period in Japan. The premise led to discussions about online dating (is it causing us to separate from one another?) and the over-prescription of drugs (are we all too numb?).

“I was on Ritalin and Dexedrine as a kid, and I’m still mad at my mom about it,” recalled Doremus.

“Have you taken Adderall as an adult?” Stewart asked. Doremus shook his head no.

“I’m sorry,” Stewart continued, “but I took an Adderall once and I was like, ‘Children take this?’ It’s speedy, to be honest with you. I was on a road trip and I was just lockjawed.”

Hoult, seemingly surprised by her admission, mimicked picking up the tape recorder on the table and tossing it across the room.

“No, that’s OK,” Stewart said. “People can know that. I’ve done -- well, never mind.”

Hoult, who is also 26, is far quieter and more careful with his words than Stewart. The two have both been in high-profile relationships -- Hoult with Jennifer Lawrence, Stewart with Robert Pattinson -- but the actor is more guarded about his off-screen life.

“I feel protective of anything personal,” he said.

“I wouldn’t talk about who I [have sex with] and how I [have sex with them] unless I was friends with you. That’s weird,” agreed Stewart, who also stars in Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” this summer. “But then, at the same time, I’ve discovered a way to live my life and not feel like I’m hiding at all. And I think that’s pretty apparent for anyone who cares -- not that everyone does. But I think that if you had been tracking it in any way, it’s more apparent that I’m more relaxed than I used to be.”

She seemed to be referring to paparazzi photos of her holding hands and kissing women like French musician Soko over the last year. For someone who used to guard her private life so fiercely, it’s been a marked shift in attitude.

“Somehow, as I got older, I reoriented my mind,” Stewart said, “I’ve gotten better at assessing people’s motivations. It’s not something I have to overtly think about -- what I share and what I don’t share. It’s a natural thing. Whereas, when I was younger, I was like, ‘You’re gonna screw me over.’ Now I’m like, ‘Whatever. You can’t.’ ”

Though Hoult may not be as willing to share his feelings with the public, he does enjoy having a rich emotional life. Like Stewart, he said he finds the idea of living in an “Equals”-esque society terrifying.

“I quite like feeling [crappy] sometimes and then putting on a record and wallowing in self-pity for the day,” he said. “Because you’ve got to have the lows to have the highs, haven’t you really?”

“Did you just say ‘Haven’t you really’?” Stewart asked. “You just sounded really English. Have you been home for a while?”

“Yeah,” he replied with a laugh.

“I agree with Nick, though,” she said, finishing the thought. “I can’t lie and say that in darker moments I haven’t been like, ‘No! I don’t want to feel this!’ But I know that’s not really true. I feel really blessed to put a lot of stock in what I feel, and it’s led me to really good places. Like he said, you can’t have the highs without the lows.”

Monday, July 18, 2016

Audio: Nicholas Hoult talks to Josh Horowitz about 'Equals' and mentions Kristen

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Nicholas comes on at approximately 21 mins.

Interview with the Boston Herald for 'Cafe Society'

NEW YORK — In Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” Kristen Stewart steps back into a glam-filled 1930s Hollywood as part of its star-making machine.

Her Vonnie — short for Veronica — is an Oklahoma beauty who is personal secretary to Steve Carell’s high-flying (and married) movie star agent.

He has Vonnie give the tour to his gawky nephew (Jesse Eisenberg), newly arrived from Brooklyn.

It’s only a matter of time before both men are in love with her.

If obviously a plum role, there was still a challenge for the “Twilight” veteran.

Vonnie is a young woman “very different from me,” Stewart said during a one-on-one interview at the Crosby Street Hotel.

“So the initial prep work consisted of dropping the ‘likes’ and the ‘dudes’ ” and then connecting to an “impulsive, natural femininity — which is the only reason the story works.

“You need to believe her when she says, ‘I didn’t make any sordid decisions. I just fell in love with two people.’ ”

Vonnie is torn between a young man just beginning to figure out his place in the world and a charismatic and wealthy power broker who is willing to leave his wife for her.

For Stewart, 26, it’s clear “Vonnie is actually not making the decision which man she will choose because one’s the more secure option. She’s not using anyone.

“Here, there’s no guilt and there’s no shame, which is a very unconventional approach to romance. That’s different.”

Without revealing Vonnie’s choice, does Stewart feel it was the right choice?

“Maybe I’m optimistic. I think you have different loves in your life.

“Every friendship you derive a different gift from. You learn different things from different people. They also pull different aspects out of you.

“I am a different person around Jesse (Eisenberg) than I am around Steve (Carell). That’s natural.

“What I like about Vonnie and what I think the story is, and what makes it unique, is she really holds and appreciates and won’t let go — of either of them!!”


Video: New/old interview from TIFF for 'Equals' w/ CBC News

Romantic love is a punishable crime in the film Equals, which takes place in a dystopian world devoid of emotion and stars Twilight's Kristen Stewart and Mad Max: Fury Road's Nicholas Hoult.

When Nia and Silas, played by Stewart and Hoult respectively, fall in love, they're torn between their feelings for each other and maintaining distance for their own safety.

"I thought these two characters were so courageous," Stewart told CBC. "I believed in them and I knew that it would be a painful experience and it would make me think on things I wouldn't normally reflect on."

To establish a sense of familiarity with each other, Stewart and Hoult went through a week of intense rehearsals with director Drake Doremus, who taught them exercises to get to know each other deeply in a short amount of time.

Watch Stewart explain the initially "awkward" process below, which she says began with a seemingly simple "hello."

Doremus, whose acclaimed romantic drama Like Crazy won the grand jury drama prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, is a rising star in the independent film world and is becoming known for his unconventional directing style.

"It's designed to break down those barriers," he said about the Meisner acting technique he employed with Stewart and Hoult, which encourages actors to get out of their own heads and focus on the other person. "We really dug deep and tried to strip away everything and create a back story and a history for these characters."


New/old fan photo of Kristen and encounter in NYC - 14 July 2016

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keioni_ Kristen Stewart is so great. Usually a lot of celebs drive out of the garage and don't even bother stopping for fans-but not Kristen. Her car drove out of the garage BUT she saw us and told her driver to stop the car. She jumped out and greeted us. Took many photos and signed. She is always getting hate and I never understand why: she's so good to her fans and it's just unfortunate that people can't understand what it's like for her being bombarded by paps 24/7. I can't thank Kristen enough for what she did last week❤️She's a good person.