A short-haired Kristen Stewart looks gorgeous in the new issue of French Vanity Fair, but said navigating her global fame is daunting.
Stewart said she doesn’t want to sound like whiny Gwyneth Paltrow, who was slammed after complaining about how hard her job is as a working mother because she has to take her two kids on movie sets with her, but said her celebrity can be overwhelming.
Kristen said fame has many upsides but there are downsides too, like when you’re the target of tabloid gossip.
“For people to say it is not a big deal, it is not real life — that is a sentiment I couldn’t peddle more,” Stewart told Vanity Fair. “I completely agree that all of this media stuff, if you’re involved in it, can’t really touch you physically, and it shouldn’t affect you and all that.
“Yet it does technically affect your life, obviously in the best ways imaginable. In dreamlike ways it affects your life. But from anyone’s perspective it is nuts and it should totally be acknowledged.”
Stewart, who has made countless headlines for her romance with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson and her affair with married director Rupert Sanders (who directed her in Snow White and the Huntsman), said nothing about being an actor prepares you for the insane level of scrutiny celebrities face today.
“The way that I talked about my forced interaction with the media is that nobody forced me to be an actor,” said Kristen, 25. “But it would be crazy to deny that this is just a different beast—nobody could have signed up for it.”Stewart said coming from a Hollywood family (mom Jules Mann Stewart is an indie filmmaker and dad John is a stage manager) helped ease her into the public life she now navigates.
“If I hadn’t started out when I was really little I don’t think I would have done this as a teenager or as a young adult,” said Kristen. “It’s not in my make-up to go stand in the middle of a room. But I really wanted to be an actor and I wanted to make movies. I wanted to emulate my parents.”
That said, Kristen admits that she loves being an actor and is grateful to do what she enjoys and be around amazing, creative people. “I feel really lucky to have been a kid in this business, because if you find the right road it is the most accepting, open environment that I could imagine,” she said.
“It’s a field that attracts the most diverse assortment of people, challenging people who are progressive and subversive in large numbers and want to ask questions and express themselves. It’s a fucking beautiful environment. It’s amazing. I love it. I feel so happy and proud to be a part of it.”