Kristen Stewart is ready to say goodbye to Twilight. In order to do so, she’s had to be selective about the films she chooses. Her latest, Clouds of Sils Maria, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
In the movie, Stewart plays the personal assistant with an older actress who is dealing with aging in Hollywood. The 24-year-old stars alongside Juliette Binoche and Chloe Grace Moretz.
She talked about why she picked the project, “It happened to be the perfect project, timing-wise. Just my experience with my career, how it’s gone – you know, Twilight blew up – I’m extremely famous. It’s interesting for me to play an actress’ assistant who then comments on that world and how it works and how superficial it can be.”
That superficiality sometimes carries into her real-life career. The On the Road star shared what it means to her, “You know, to make a movie is so ridiculous. We’re going to go film each other pretending to be other people so other people can watch us pretending to be other people? It’s insane. But if it’s worth it and it’s saying something … it can be transcendentally important.”
Stewart would prefer to keep her work onscreen, but she knows how tough the paparazzi has been on her personal life.
“I don’t do what I do to … control perception or make people think a certain way about me. That would be traipsing all over the experience of making any film,” she said. “It’s just so ass-backwards to me. I don’t know how people do that. I don’t know how people tactfully traverse their careers. I don’t know how they choose, ‘Well, this is a different side of me people have not seen and so I will present that to them now.’ It’s like, ‘Why are you doing this for other people? You should be doing it for yourself.’ And so I’ve functioned from that position since I started, and therefore I really don’t care about all that.”
The former child actor keeps plugging away despite the attention because she know exactly what she wants out of life.
Stewart summed up, “I want to make movies one day, like absolutely I want to direct movies.”