Watching Kristen Stewart be herself — whether it’s on an MTV awards show or in the behind-the-scenes video of her Interview magazine cover shoot — always makes me a little uncomfortable because that’s how she looks, uncomfortable. (Also, a little bit sleepy, at least in the clip below. I hope they captured the yawn in photographs. It’s nice to see something real amidst all the styling.) In print, however, Stewart’s honesty is captivating. Dennis Hopper recently interviewed the Twilight actress and, after he asked her to say hello to her biggest fan, his six-year-old daughter, Galen, listened as she articulated what life is like for her.
We’ve all heard actors talk about the price of fame, but you can keep the colorful metaphors and give me a simple statement like this one: “I’d like to take more walks.” After work, Stewart holes up in her hotel room. “I don’t leave my hotel room — literally, I don’t…. The only way for me not to have somebody know where I went the night before is if I didn’t go out at all. So that’s what I’m trading. It depends what mood I’m in. Some nights, I think, ‘You know what? I don’t care. I’m just going to do what I want to do.’ Then the next day I think, ‘Ugh. Now everyone thinks I’m going out to get the attention.’ But it’s like, no, I actually, for a second, thought that maybe I could be like a normal person.” (A normal person would also get a high school graduation. Not Stewart. “The other day I was doing a graduation scene on Eclipse, and I had just finished high school myself the week before, so I told the crew, ‘Hey, just so you know, I’m actually graduating right now, and I’m not going to have another ceremony,’” she says. “So I took a mock picture with an extra. I literally asked the actor to come back and shake my hand and hand me the diploma while I was dressed in a cap and gown.”)
Stewart also touches on something we’ve heard Robert Pattinson lament before: The idea that the Twilight saga could have been so much darker than the films they’re making. “The weirdest f—ing themes run through this story — like dominance and masochism,” she says. But, “I mean, you always have to realize that the story needs to make sense to the 11-year-olds who read the book and aren’t necessarily going to be viewing a scene as foreplay. But then there is the other segment of the audience — a large percentage — who does see the scene as foreplay. And it’s pretty deep, heady foreplay. [laughs] So it’s fun to play it both ways. I mean, I don’t know what it feels like to make out with my vampire boyfriend because it isn’t something that anybody has ever felt. But it’s funny to think that a lot of the audience is 10 years old and will maybe one day grow up to realize there are a lot of involved thoughts in Twilight that they didn’t see before.”
I can see the humor in that — though honestly, a part of me thinks the bedroom kiss in the first film might be the coming-of-age moment for this generation like Dirty Dancing’s love scene was for mine. But I can’t shake the feeling that the Twilight films would be better if they didn’t have to court the tween set at the box office. What do you think?