Monday, July 18, 2016
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!!”