The interviews Kristen Stewart gave immediately before she was caught on the casting couch were about how authentic she was and how contrived she found her peers. For example, she previously told Entertainment Weekly: ‘I’ve never been able to fully form this thing, this persona, that some people are so f**king good at. That’s an art. I know a lot of actors [who can do that]… I don’t like people like that. People who are a complete non-person, but somehow through the lens seem like they are on and interesting and engaged. I care way more about the people standing in the room. I don’t want anyone leaving and saying, ‘God, that girl is so fake.’ People tell me to make it easier on myself and to play a character when I go out on carpets and stuff. But you know what? I’d rather be me.’ She told Interview Magazine the same: ’I think people are used to seeing actors be wide open and desperately giving of themselves, and while I do that on a movie set as much as I can, it’s so unnatural for me to do it on television, in interviews, in anything like that.’ And now she tells Vogue UK October 2012 pretty much the same thing again. That she’s just a misunderstood outsider with a distaste for peers who pretend to be something they’re not.
- On how she struggles to play it cool: ‘I know if you haven’t thought about how you want to present a very packaged idea of yourself then it can seem like you lack ambition. But, dude, honestly? I can’t. People expect it to be easy because there you are, out there, doing the thing that you want and making lots of money out of it. But, you know, I’m not that smooth. I can get clumsy around certain people. Like if I were to sit down and think, ‘OK, I’m really famous, how am I going to conduct myself in public?’ I wouldn’t know who that person would be! It would be a lot easier if I could, but I can’t.’
- On her empathy for the Beat generation: ‘There is always going to be that seam of people who want things differently to the standardised version. It’s not necessarily a rebellious thing, it’s just who they are. That world back then, it just seems freer to me than anything I could ever touch and I’m fully nostalgic for it, even though I wasn’t even alive then. It’s the loyalty aspect of it all. I love being on the periphery with a group of people who have the same values that I do. People who don’t get off on fame, who just like the process of making movies and thrive.’
- On watching the sex scenes from On The Road: ‘It’s kind of insane to watch now. I’m like, ‘Who is that?’ But I think, as every actress says when they do this is, it just felt so right. It was so within a different world and so within a different environment that I don’t even really feel… I mean, I am personally connected to it, of course, but it is something outside of myself.’
- On going blonde for On The Road: ‘I feel like my whole body rejects it, but it was really important for the character. It was like learning an accent!’
- On looking gothic without make-up: ‘Dude, get this: I have these oddly brown eyelids. I’ve walked into so many photo shoots, and they go, ‘Sweetheart, would you mind wiping them off?’ So the idea behind Bella’s makeup was just to enhance them. Anything that’s already good on you just gets better when you’re a vampire.’
- On growing up: ‘I’m starting to carry a bag and even put on lipstick. Very mature for me.’