I heard a rumor several months back that Kristen Stewart was going to be on the June cover of Elle, and I really thought it was going to be the American edition – but here she is, covering the UK edition. I don’t know if this means that she’ll be on the American edition too…? She’s got two films coming out in the next few months, so prepare yourselves for a Kristen extravaganza. First, she’s going to be in Cannes to premiere On the Road – and she and Robert Pattinson might even walk the red carpet for each other’s premieres! I doubt that, though. After Cannes, Kristen will be promoting Snow White and the Huntsman, and then On the Road will get it’s wide release. The summer of K-Stew!
Anyway, what are the thoughts on this Elle UK photo shoot? I’m not in love with it. Kristen has turned in some interesting pictorials in the past, but this one… well, it’s not actively bad, in my opinion. I dislike her hair on the cover, and I think they could have posed her a bit better and encouraged her to close her mouth more. I always want to physically straighten her out too – push her shoulders back until she’s standing up straight. Anyway, here are some highlights from the interview:
Kristen on what she loves: “I f–king love everything about [acting]. I love movies, I love what they do. I am just so fuelled by it like nothing else in my life.”
Robert Pattinson on Kristen’s work ethic: Pattinson seems sweetly in awe of Kristen’s professional drive, saying “She is very focused on being an actress. I mean, that’s what she is… she’s an actress, whereas I just don’t really know.”
Kristen on Snow White and the Huntsman: “It’s a war movie and an identity crisis movie. Basically, she goes to jail when she’s seven and gets out when she’s 18. She’s so stunted that she’s essentially a child, even though she’s already a woman. When she comes out she’s got to save people, but she hasn’t experienced anything like they have. She’s very isolated. She has all these feelings and doesn’t really know why yet, and I can relate to that.”
Kristen on being a role model: “I don’t apply it to the choices I make. I feel like a role model is not necessarily somebody you want to imitate, just someone you admire. I look at characters I play and think, ‘F–k, I would like to be like that.’ [Like Joan Jett], exactly. It makes sense to me why other don’t just look at that person, they look at me. Anyone who happens to choose to look up to me, it’s like, ‘But I’m literally YOU. I’m looking up to the characters you’re admiring me for choosing.’”
Fashion choices and bullying: “It’s weird, at school I was torn apart for not wearing a certain brand of jeans. It nearly killed me. I was so embarrassed and so insecure, but I knew I could never put them on. I would look ridiculous.”
Kristen on her previous comments that “her teachers failed her”: Her clear eyes roll. “When I said they literally failed me, I meant that they literally failed me. As in, I got Fs!”
Being criticized, being misrepresented: “You grow calluses. I don’t say ‘I’m not magnetic’ to try and sound self-deprecating. I’m just not. I’m pretty good at…” Repelling people? “yeah. Though I actually love people. I would like to meet more people. I know no one.”
Her style: Her natural style is “not experimental,” she admits, “I just wear very functional clothes. When I’m in London I feel so dressed down and young and Californian. Even if I try to look nice when I go out for dinner, I just don’t have a thing. I will always wear no socks and be like, ‘F–k, it’s freezing, what am I doing?”
[From Elle Magazine UK, print edition]
The “my teachers failed me” thing was very interesting, because that was a story that angered many people last year. Kristen, in the course of an interview with GQ UK, said, “School became genuinely uncomfortable… I was feeling a little self-conscious about the acting thing with my peers, but also my teachers became a problem. They didn’t want to do the extra work or put packages together so I could keep up while away…They failed me. My teachers failed me. Not one, but all of them. I’m always slightly ashamed in a way, about what I do. I’m slightly embarrassed as I had such serious ambitions when I was younger, I just never imagined that I would ever have a reason not go to school. But then this happened.” So she wasn’t saying, “My teachers failed me as a person, because they weren’t good people.” She was failed. They literally flunked her and gave her Fs. That’s interesting!
Photos courtesy of Elle UK, via The Fashion Spot.