Kristen explains her year off acting in new interviews

Check out this article and videos from MTV and Extra at Sundance. Kristen tells us more about why she took a year off acting, and how she believes it made her a better actor. And as Melissa knows from viewing Camp X-Ray, she’s right – this is her best work yet! The video is posted at the bottom.

"Camp X-Ray" Premiere - Arrivals - 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Check out the full MTV article and video here.

“I had sort of been considering taking time off for a long time, but this was not planned,” Stewart said. “I’m a total workaholic, and if there’s something out there that feels worth it, then I will work through Christmas. It doesn’t matter.”

The reason behind the year off had more to do with not finding the right material for a next project. “It was simply because I didn’t find anything that I really dug,” she said.

Eventually “Camp X-Ray,” the story of an unlikely friendship between a Guantanamo Bay guard and a detainee, came along and ended Stewart’s search for a project.

The time off was valuable, however unplanned it was. Stewart explained that, in her opinion, time away is required to stay sharp as an actor. “It is important to fill the well. As an actor, all you want to do is give as much as can, and obviously, you need experience to draw from,” she said. “Not to say that you’re not having experience while making movies. It’s nice to decompress and recharge. It really is a necessary step to being a good actor.”

Article Source: MTV / reporting by @kpsull and @joshuahorowitz

Video Source: YouTube / ExtraTV

Photo Source: MTV / Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

VIDEO: On The Red Carpet Interviews Kristen at Sundance

Camp X-Ray Stewart told reporters at the recent premiere of the new movie, held at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, that her character, Amy, is “really relatable” and that “Camp X-Ray” is “not a hugely opinionated movie.” (Check out videos of her interview at the Sundance Film Festival, above)

“When you have really steadfast ideas of what is right and what is wrong, and then you involve people from very different backgrounds and differences of opinions, there’s something there that never goes away, that you’re both human and … even though you may be in a position where you’re like pitted against each other, you still love each other,” Stewart told

“Human beings love each other. That’s just the way that it is and so that’s what the movie’s about,” she said. “In this gray area, there’s one constant and people shouldn’t forget that.”

Source: On The Red Carpet