First of all, how is it possible that Kristen Stewart seems to be doing even more press for Snow White & The Huntsman than she did for the uncontrollable eye-twitch that is Twilight? The little lady is everywhere!
By everywhere, I mean that she’s on the cover of Vanity Fair. In the accompanying interview, the young actress has some fightin’ words for the horrible people who dare to question her dominance.
“I have been criticized a lot for not looking perfect in every photograph. I get some serious sh*t about it. I’m not embarrassed about it. I’m proud of it.”
She explains, “If I took perfect pictures all the time, the people standing in the room with me, or on the carpet, would think, ‘What an actress! What a faker!’ That thought embarrasses me so much that I look like sh*t in half my photos, and I don’t give a f**k.”
“What matters to me is that the people in the room leave and say, ‘She was cool. She had a good time. She was honest.’ I don’t care about the voracious, starving sh*t eaters who want to turn truth into sh*t. Not that you can say that in Vanity Fair!”
It’s possible that last week, I took a small opportunity to poke fun at Stewart’s habitually sullen expression. I realize that this wasn’t an original thing to point out. People have been doing it since the young actress stepped into the spotlight. But it doesn’t change the fact that this woman constantly seems annoyed to find herself the center of media attention.
And you know what? Her ‘put-them-in-their-place’ interview in Vanity Fair only proves my point, and the point of every other blogger and magazine who continues to point out Stewart’s attitude. Here’s why.
None of us are surprised to hear that Kristen Stewart doesn’t give a fuck. If you would have asked me yesterday before I saw this interview whether K-Stew and her sparkly boyfriend gave a fuck, I would probably guess that they didn’t. We all know that Stewart doesn’t care about the press or the people who pay money to watch her movies and further her career, because she frequently reminds us how much of an annoyance we are to her.
Kristen Stewart is not the first and surely won’t be the last actor or actress to complain about the critical and intrusive eye of the media. But the fact is that none of it should come as a surprise to her. This young woman signed on to play an extremely popular character in the biggest YA book adaptation since Harry Potter. These movies didn’t explode out of nowhere. There was a huge fan base for them before they went into production. By agreeing to play Bella Swan, Stewart knowingly signed up for serious movie stardom.
Her whole rebellious attitude with the press isn’t just a person who didn’t ask for fame. It’s a girl who knew what she signed up for and then resented it.
Stewart’s charge that people would think “What an actress” if she bopped along with a smile on her face, or maybe a shred of graciousness, seems a little confusing to me. Why would it be a problem if the press and media looked and actress and thought, “What an actress!” She wouldn’t look like a faker, she would look like a professional, promoting her movie without making the world believe that she felt above them.
There is nothing wrong with being honest and straightforward. If Kristen wanted to see how it can be done without earning the condemnation of large groups of people, maybe she should look to her Snow White co-star. Charlize Theron has always managed to be blunt (and hysterical) without making people hate her. It’s because she mixes in a bit of humility, and yes, even the occasional smile.
Just in case she ever reads this (which she won’t but we can all pretend), I would like to let Kristen know a little something. People don’t criticize her because she doesn’t always look perfect (or else we wouldn’t love Helena Bohem Carter so much), we criticize her because she really doesn’t seem to give a shit about all of the people who support her. Her rebellion seems like an immature kid who doesn’t want to do the work of promoting her film; she only wants the fun paycheck and accolades. We might make fun of her for not smiling, but we don’t like her because she seems like a spoiled brat. How’s that for truth?
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