The jury has been out on Kristen Stewart for a long time: Since the “Twilight” franchise, some viewers have picked up on a decidedly cool vibe lurking beneath the slicker aspects of the material.But for others, the verdict is plain and simple — they casually despise her.If I had worked with someone else, I might not have gotten the particular impression that I got from her, which was controlled and very focused and professional — and also normal.She is one of the coolest girls that I’ve ever met, and then, at the same time, she is one of the most extraordinary women.The complaints are uniform: she has no acting range and only one facial expression; she’s awkward and sullen; she chooses bad roles.But these conclusions are largely reached on the basis of the “Twilight” movies alone, which barely scratch the surface of Stewart’s career to date.Kristen Stewart, who became one of the most recognizable humans in the world for playing Bella Swan, the tender, tremulous teenage vampire-lover in the massively successful Twilight franchise, has lately been showing off her talents in a string of more modest productions.In the almost four years since the fifth and final installment of the Twilight saga was released, the actress has scrupulously avoided blockbusters, instead headlining and taking supporting roles in auteurist films made on either side of the Atlantic.
Stewart’s gifts were apparent several years before Twilight‘s first gleaming.
Her range post-Bella was demonstrated last month at Cannes, where two disparate projects premiered within days of each other: Woody Allen’s 1930s-set Café Society, in which she plays a bobby-socked movie studio secretary caught in a love triangle, and Olivier Assayas’s resolutely of-this-moment Personal Shopper, a shape-shifting ghost story that features the actress in nearly every frame.
They are just two Stewart films scheduled for release this year: Café Society opens July 15, the same day as Drake Doremus’s sci-fi romance Equals; Personal Shopper bows in theaters later in 2016, along with Kelly Reichardt’s ensemble drama Certain Women.
It’s time to set the record straight, because this promising actress deserves another shot.
There are many young, talented actors worthy of attention at any given moment. Start With ‘Clouds of Sils Maria,’ Starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche Olivier Assayas’ spectacular drama, which opens in limited release this Friday, shows Stewart at her best: As the supportive assistant to a neurotic celebrity, she spars and commiserates with Juliette Binoche as though holding her own opposite a legendary actress of French cinema were second nature.
We would be such frauds if we didn’t do the proper work.”In addition, Stewart reveals that she auditioned six times and fought to play Jodie Foster‘s daughter in 2002’s .“I really fought for that part,” she said.