Kristen On The Cover Of Marie Claire
Kristen Stewart will appear on the cover of Marie Claire USA’s March edition. Full transcript and HQ scans below. 🙂
GIRL ON THE EDGE
Now that she’s proved she can anchor a multi-billion dollar movie franchise, Kristen Stewart- actress, poet, seasoned road-tripper, and the Valley’s coolest rebel- is more than ready to take some serious chances.
Kristen Stewart has pulped me. A fine dusting of shredded carrot coats my shirt and jacket lapels, orangey flecks up and down my chest. She is gazing down at the Gelson’s supermarket- bought juicer, in mouth-slighty-parted befuddlement familiar to anyone who ever saw Bella Swan dumbstruck by Edward Cullen informing her that, say, he is actually 108 years old. “Oh, my god, I’m so sorry, dude.”
Back in the living room, where a Bugs Bunny cartoon DVD plays on mute, she lights a Camel filter, slides open the glass doors beyond which her dogs, Cole, Bernie, and Bear, are whimpering and scratching, and then comes back, exhales, and sits, twitching her feet in vain attempt to burn off excess energy. She has powered a multi-billion dollar movie franchise and will power as many more as she chooses. It unspools from her-manic, kinetic, romantic energy, an intense desire and will to do more and act more and write more. This is how she lives, exploring who she is at any given moment by making herself feel unsafe. The choices she makes, the projects she takes on, are based on what frightens her. “Dude, I have no idea what I’m doing, and that’s kind of how I love it,” Stewart says.
“I had no idea Twilight was going to be huge. Certain movies I’ve done I thought were going to be amazing did nothing. So it’s not having so much control. It’s kind of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants lifestyle-it’s fun, but it’s scary as fuck. If it’s not scary, it’s usually-you kind of have to step back and go, ‘You’re probably making this decision because it’s right on paper.’ But unless you get that irking fear, it’s not right.”
She’s perched on a sofa draped in a Navajo blanket in front of a cedar trunk-cum-coffee table in her tiled living room with dazzling views of Los Angeles. The sky is overcast with dark clouds looming over the urban sprawl such that if you had to pick one movie setting this most closely resembles, it would be Twilight’s Forks, Washington. She’s dressed more like a skater character from an Avril Lavigne video than one of the highest-paid actresses in the world (reportedly earning 22 million in the year ending June 2013)-blue Vans, hoodie, white t-shirt, Khakis, dog tag necklace, horn-rimmed glasses, baseball cap emblazoned with “Mercenaries.” After moving out of the Los Feliz house she shared with Robert Pattinson in 2012, she looked at four houses before deciding on this one in a gated enclave, which doesn’t feel lived in so much as inhabited. There’s mission-style furniture, TV still not hooked up to cable, book cases cramped with books-Steinbeck (her favorite author, though her favorite book is On the Road), McCarthy, Plath-and a small sculpture that reads “Fuck.” It’s a 23-year-old’s crash pad, with the appropriate air of being done just enough to feel comfortable. It’s not a style statement; she’s just passing through: “I don’t really feel like I need to be stuck to a place, necessarily.”
Though she has been acting since she was 9 years old, it was her emergence as Bella in Twilight at 17 that propelled her into the stratosphere. No other actress so young has been the anchor of a mega-blockbuster movie franchise. (Angelina Jolie was 26 when she did her first tomb raider; Jennifer Lawrence was 21 in the first Hunger Games.) Stewart’s performance was so effortless and natural that, when she made it big-time in 2008 with the first in the vampire-romance fantasy series, it seemed as if she had always been here. And in a sense, she had. She so perfectly inhabited every teen-girl quirk and mannerism-the snort when she means “no,” the resigned shrug and stare into her dinner plate when she wants to change the subject-and reflected them back onto her source material and audience of young females. Five Twilights and 26 movies in a total later, she finds herself in the coveted position of being able to choose her film projects-and fashion houses. Since 2012, she has been the face of Balenciaga’s Florabotanica fragrance, and most recently of the brand’s new spicy floral perfume, Rosabotanica. In December, she was also announced as the new face of Chanel’s pre-fall collection, with the ad campaign launching in May.
“I did a photoshoot with Bruce Weber when I was 14 for Interview Magazine. I met Nicholas Ghesquiere [Balenciaga’s then creative director, now at Louis Vuitton]. I was blown away-fashion became less superficial in my eyes, though it wasn’t my thing. A couple of years later, he called me up. He had stuck out [to me] as an artist. Fashion has the best and worst people. The gems stick out. He was a designer I wanted to be around. He was so creative. If I have to walk red carpets, if I have to be in fashion, then I want to be with him.”
But those feel like safe choices-fronting fashion labels is what starlets do now, as much a part of the business as enduring press junkets and swanning down red carpets. Does Stewart want to create another mega-franchise, building 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, in which she played the title lead heroine, into another juggernaut, or strike out into the unknown, as she has done with riskier fare like The Runaways (2010), On the Road (2012), and Camp X-Ray (which premiered at Sundance), in which she portrays a soldier at Guantanamo who develops an unlikely friendship with a detainee? While a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel is far-off, “it’s not where I thrive,” she says. “I really like being thrown into the unknown and then finding my way. I don’t want to show someone something. I want people to watch me find something.”
Camp X-Ray director Peter Sattler was impressed Stewart took on the film. “This is a minimalist role, a very internal performance,” he says. “Everything was living and dying on her face-it was a game of inches, not yards. What she responded to was choosing a role unlike anything she’s done before. She needs to find new territory, she needs to be hanging off a ledge. It takes a lot of courage to say, ‘I don’t care what people expect of me or what they think about me doing this role.’ It’s about how she wants to define herself, not how other people want to define her. She wants to grow, that’s what she’s about right now. She is incredibly creative-she totally needs to direct a movie, write a book, and start a band.” Julitte Binoche, Stewart’s costar in the drama Sils Maria (scheduled for a 2014 release), called her “a soul explorer. She knows she wants to take risks and doesn’t always know where it is going to take her. She has genius, and that makes her shy sometimes. Acting is about fire, and Kristen has a lot in her. Her need to know and explore is as high as her passion. She likes to be in dangerous places and see if she can survive.”
Stewart laments that she doesn’t come across many projects that “really get me going,” part of the reason she didn’t work for most of 2013. Instead, she took road trips with her friends to New Orleans and Nashville, worked on her poetry and played guitar, and reconnected with the posse of Valley girls she used to hang with at the AMC promenade in Woodland Hills, California, back in middle school.
She is fiercely proud of her Valley upbringing, still representing the 818, the area code for kids who view Los Angeles’ tonier Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and West side neighborhoods as another world. Her tight-knit family which includes three brothers and industry parents (father John Stewart is a stage manager; mother Jules Mann Stewart is a script supervisor) is still from that “other America,” as she considers the Valley, “riding bikes on flat streets and it’s hot as fuck and the air sucks.” And that’s what drives her, she says. “The West side and stuff kind of looks down on it a little bit, like, culturally. I think the smart kids from the Valley have a little extra hustle, because people get stuck there, even though I love it and it’s a great place to raise a family.”
Her breakup with Pattinson in 2012 may also have instigated her year of partial exile. During long trips-at one point she helped a girlfriend resettle in New Orleans-she ruminated over life and how perhaps the biggest mistake you can make is to try to control your own heart. “You don’t know who you will fall in love with. You just don’t. You don’t control it. Some people have certain things, like, ‘That’s what I’m going for,’ and I have a subjective version of that. I don’t pressure myself… if you fall in love with someone, you want to own them-but really, why would you want that? You want them to be what you love. I’m much too young to even have an answer for that question.” Stewart does acknowledge a desire to some day have children (and believes in adoption) and recreate the happy childhood she had. “I had it too good to not have that, too. If I were to put money on it, definitely, yeah. But you earn that, like, that’s so not here yet.” She laughs. “I mean, at this point, I can’t tell you if I want to hang out on Saturday.”