December 20th, 2012

Huffingtonpost interview

It's been quite a year for Kristen Stewart. Leaving aside her tumultuous off-screen existence, she put a cap on one blockbuster franchise (in all, the five "Twilight" movies made more than $1.3 billion at the box office), kicked off another ("Snow White and the Huntsman" took in a healthy $155 million) and renewed her indie-movie cred card with a daring performance in Walter Salles' "On the Road," which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens in limited release on December 21. HuffPost recently talked to Stewart about "On the Road" -- and persuaded her to answer some #nofilter questions while we had her attention.

What's your guiltiest pleasure?

Hmm. I take these things very seriously. Whenever anyone's like, "Oh, we're just gonna do a fun quick-fire-question thing." My guiltiest pleasure? Shit. God. Dude, what's yours?

Oh, God, I probably wouldn't want to say, now that I think about it.


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Indiwire interview

It’s easy for audiences to forget that if you take away “Twilight,” Kristen Stewart has done mostly indie-minded acting work. Other studio films do pepper her resume — “Jumper,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Panic Room,” “Zathura” — but at a mere 22-years-old, Stewart has an independent streak at least as deep as that of well-respected indie darlings such as Michelle Williams and Catherine Keener. It’s just that much of Stewart’s public approbation has come from the Teen Choice/MTV Movie Award constituencies.

That may change this year.

Stewart’s openly sexual, free-spirited performance as Marylou in the Walter Salles-Jose Rivera adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Beat bible “On The Road” may be secondary to the central relationship of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, but it’s caused a lot of fevered muttering about Stewart suddenly “growing up” or “taking more risks” as an actor. Many observers have pointed to the “shock” of her willingness to appear naked on screen as evidence to support this.

But that’s more a reflection of how much the virginal Bella Swan role from the five “Twilight” movies has bulldozed the popular consciousness over the last four years. That’s not Stewart’s fault. Really, she was half-dressed or openly libidinous in “Into the Wild,” “The Runaways” and “Welcome to the Rileys,” too, and it’s as if that work has been erased from her history.

Still, there is truth to the sense that Stewart did drop even more defenses in “On the Road,” and it couldn’t be any clearer than in the transporting dancing scene near the end of Salles’ film (more on that from Kristen below). With IFC Films putting mad faith in the movie, which opens Friday, Dec. 21, Stewart shared some insights with Indiewire about how first reading “On the Road” sparked her search for the adventure in people, her ambivalent reaction to having sex scenes cut from the film and what playing Marylou taught her about how “to be completely motivated by the fears in life rather than crippled by them.”

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source via @kstewartnews

New interview with Film Review Online

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Over fifty years after it was published, Walter Salles is bringing Jack Kerouac’s book On the Road to the big screen. It was a novel that many filmmakers believed could not be made into a movie.

On the Road tells the story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a free-spirited, fast talking Westerner, and his girlfriend, Marylou (Kristen Stewart).

Kristen and Garrett spoke with us about the iconic book, and the movie, at the press day for the film.

When doing press junkets, is there a different feel for a film like this, as opposed to Twilight, where you have to get the word out?

I’ve been on many a Twilight tour, and this one obviously feels pointedly different. You can place yourself in your body a little bit more when you know there’s not another one coming up.

I’m really letting it all sink in and affect me now, which is fun and quite different. But [with this movie] it’s the same feeling, wanting people to know what you’ve got going on.