KRISTEN Stewart talks about her starring role in new movie Snow White and the Huntsman, dealing with isolation, learning to ride and painful stuntwork with News.com.au
– I assume you have read James Franco’s glowing review of your performance in Snow White and the Huntsman, in which he dubs you the warrior queen.
K: I have. Wow. I mean, really! It came out of nowhere.
– In it, he says you have braved more scrutiny of your private life than most presidents.
K: I guess I wouldn’t know how to compare it. But people would definitely like to know about things that I don’t want to tell them, which is fine. It’s not something I am uncomfortable with any more.
– Any more?
K: Once you find your boundaries, you stop playing this weird game of jumping too far over and then too far back, if you know what I mean. I know where I am comfortable, now.
In his essay, Franco draws parallels between Snow White’s premature ascension to the throne and your own rise to stardom.
K: I could really relate to her isolation – she goes through something tough and isn’t broken by it. When you have fans and people following you or looking up to you, you have to do things from a very, very true place. Snow White, instead of just being this ball-busting fighter, I think the reason she is strong is because she really stays, it sounds maybe cliched, but she stays true.
– I hope it didn’t feel as though you were locked in a tower for seven years.
K: No! (Snorts.) Only in so far as that she is isolated from people that look up to her. On that level, I absolutely felt for (Snow White). You look up to people that you identify with, so there is probably a commonality. I understand. I’ve been around certain musicians and not been able to speak. It’s a natural reaction. But at the same time, you want to go: “we’re no different”.