Kristen Stewart: “Snow White is neither better or worse than anything I’ve done”

These are new photos of Kristen Stewart arriving in New York City yesterday. She had been in LA, where she did a Q&A with Bad-Pants McGee and she also attended a screening for Snow White & The Huntsman. I’m hoping that we get an actual big premiere tonight, but I can’t find out if one is scheduled. I think Charlize is still in New York too, so chances are pretty good that something will go down tonight. As for Kristen’s travel outfit – those are the same busted skinny jeans she always wears. I think the kicks are new. And God help me, I LOVE that top. I want that top in all of the colors.

Kristen appeared on the Today Show this morning. Here’s the video:

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Her dress is cute. But she’s just so awkward… which makes me ask, once again, why does her publicist do this to her? She needs to do more print interviews and pre-taped talk show pieces. She can’t do it live.

In other Kristen news, she spoke to the Los Angeles Times about whether or not she’s trying to distance herself from Bella Swan:

Kristen Stewart says taking on “Snow White” wasn’t a calculated move to change her on-screen image.

“People are going to think that it’s me trying to either distance myself from ‘Twilight’ or try to prove myself beyond it or whatever,” the 22-year-old said Tuesday evening at a screening of the $175-million production. “But it’s [just] good timing. I think it’s all fallen off the truck in a really lucky way. But it’s totally not my doing.”

Asked if she felt “Snow White” marked a new phase in her career, Stewart said it didn’t.

“‘Twilight’ means so much to me, but it doesn’t stand out in terms of — ” she paused, looking for the right words. “Everything I do needs to be really important. ['Snow White'] is neither better or worse than anything I’ve done.”

Her latest film, which also stars Charlize Theron, is the second picture based on the children’s tale to hit theaters this year; “Mirror Mirror,” Relativity’s lighter take on “Snow White,” struggled at the box office after its release in March. But Stewart said she thinks her version of the film will resonate with fans because it’s a “fundamental story” that makes “you care about people.”

“Not to be totally over-sentimental about it, but it’s got a nice message — and a very, very simple one. It just kind of makes you feel good about being human.”

[Via the LAT]

“Everything I do needs to be really important. ['Snow White'] is neither better or worse than anything I’ve done…” Oh God. That does not bode well. I know what she was trying to say, obviously. Asking an actor to rate their own work in levels of importance is like asking a parent to choose their favorite child. I think Kristen was attempting to be gracious about the Twilight franchise and the doors that have opened to her because of it. But really she wants to get far, far away from Bella.

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  1. corny says:

    no better no worse, that’s the way to sell a movie, why does she try so hard to put everything down?

  2. Jackie says:

    i HOPE she does letterman. i would love to see another really painful interaction with those 2. they are the most cringe worthy of all her interviews. it’s sooo bad, it’s good.

  3. Madpoe says:

    Wow. I think even cockroaches know when they’ve got it good!

  4. bubbles says:

    She does live interviews b/c it’s her job. Yes, she’s awkward but she does her job. I hate that she has this rep for not being professional. She does what is asked of her even though it’s not her forte.

    And when did awkwardness become such a crime?

  5. Linny says:

    I watched her on Live with Kelly and it was also kind of awkward. It was much like any other interview she does-the host asks a relatively simple question and Kristen answers as if she’s been asked to figure out an impossibly difficult mathematical formula. Lip biting and lip pursing ensue and the host does the best they can to cover up the weirdness.

    On an unrelated note, her jeans are always way too tight across the zipper area. It always looks like the zipper is struggling to stay up. Bugs the hell out of me.

  6. marie says:

    Ask her the question again after she does press for the final Twilight, I’m sure it will be a different answer. And wow, that video was painful.

  7. Nessa says:

    She is painfully awkward and excruciatingly dumb. Sorry to all the twihards put there, but it’s true.

    • Marjalane says:

      Is that what it is? The twi-fans love their stuff so much that they’re uber protective of her? I don’t get her appeal at all- I’ve known ironing boards with better personalities.

      • fluffybunny says:

        I don’t know if its Twilight “actors” as such (pretty sure they would tear Nikki Reed to shreds if they physically got hold of her) but Kristen in particular. I think it’s because she’s so painfully dull and doesn’t come off as particularly bright that as they themselves are the same, they feel like its a personal insult to them? It’s not about her, it’s about them. Just look at the way they rally on blogs and websites. Not one of them can just say ‘well you don’t like her, so what?’ and not one of them can admit that sometimes she’s not ‘ZOMGWTFBBQ@@@!##!!!! SO AWESOME’ all the time.

        I don’t like her attitude, I don’t thinks she can act and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That doesn’t make her a horrible person. Nor does it make me the devil’s spawn for coming to a negative conclusion about her.

    • A says:

      I like Stewart somewhat. I think a lot of times it’s because people feel that the internet is way too harsh on her (like they are with Gwyneth Paltrow, etc.). I mean, someone compared her to a cockroach on this board, people have called her fat (wtf?), a disgusting and horrible person, etc. Yeah, I get that some people find her obnoxious…I do at times also despite liking her. But it gets WAY over the top when you go from discussing her annoying or gross habits to calling her a horrible person.

    • Katie says:

      She does seem to try awfully hard to seem interesting and intelligent and always manages to fail. Actually I think that covers pretty much all angry hipsters. They want to be so unique but really they are all clones of one another.

    • v says:

      So awkwardness=stupidity now?Judging by social skills alone then my best friend,a physicist,is a total idiot.But you know who’s really smart?George Clooney…

      • ORLY says:

        V – Awkwardness does not equate stupidity, however, when one has the means to get help and they refuse, that is pretty doltish.
        Kristen said she was offered media training and she refused because she didn’t want to sound like a clone. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be one or the other. She doesn’t have to choose between sounding like a clone and being painfully awkward. She doesn’t have to parrot everything she is taught, she can take the good bits and apply it to her situation.
        She seems to have a good work ethic, why won’t she take the help that’s offered to be better at promoting her work?

        I think Kristen’s problem could be, that she takes herself too bloody serious. She wants to seem ‘authentic’ and ends up coming off as a moron.

      • another nina says:

        Exactly Orly! Co-sign every word.

      • carolina says:

        I saw her do some interviews as a kid, and she was dope(ala Panic Room). Like a funny old woman in a kid’s body. So I could see why she would have initially bristled at media training with the first twilight-she’d been doing media promotion for years.

        It seems like Twilight blowing up aligns with when she started becoming a hot mess though. And we have no clue if she’s gotten training since then. And my money would bet on her having gotten some. Cause at some point, even though she was inarticulate, she showed an ability to at least deflect or redirect or politely close down personal questions.

      • ORLY says:

        Carolina – Perhaps she got some help, but from what was reported, media were told not to ask her or Robert any personal questions. It doesn’t take training to laugh or shrug off one wayward reporter during a press junket. On the red carpet, handlers usually steer the talent away from prying questions so, I don’t even know.

        You’re right though, the twi fame must have contributed to her discomfort.

      • v says:

        Still I don’t see the moronic part.And it’s not like her awkwardness clashes with her professionalism.So in the end if she chooses to take lessons she should do it for her own convenience than to please strangers on the internet.And of course she takes herself too seriously,she’s still young!No one’s perfect.It’s obvious though that after Twilight some love to hate her.

      • Orly says:

        V- The moronic part is about all the nonsense she says and does, things she may have articulated better or chosen not to say or do had she has some (better?) training.
        Actually, she needs to take classes specifically because of strangers on the internet. Do you think she makes her movies for her friends? Do you think she is promoting to give her friends and family the incentive to go see her movies? No. She is promoting to strangers and like it or not, she has to please strangers.
        The age argument, I’m not even going to address, because 22 is old enough.
        I don’t hate Kristen. That’s too strong an emotion for her. I hate child molesters and animal abusers and rapists and murders and…well, you get the picture.

        I dislike Kristen, yet I can say she looked good in that red dress or I like her in The Runaways. That’s very different than hate.

      • v says:

        First,love to hate is an expression not to be taken literally.
        Second,let me say it again,she is professional and until now she has “pleased” enough strangers to become her fans or go see her movies.Still the negative response to her (harmless)awkwardness is disproportionate.If training is the answer to that response(which I doubt) then by all means she should go for it.And at 22 no you haven’t figured it all out,there is a lot of room to improve one’s character.But I won’t call someone stupid because he/she clearly suffers from social anxiety.
        Third,it’s a matter of taste.I prefer her to someone like Will Smith.

      • Orly says:

        V- Saying someone “comes off as moronic” is different than saying some “is a moron”. Can’t you see that?
        You’re right, at 22 she hasn’t figured it all out, hell, I’m sure there are people in their 50s who probably have a lot to figure out still.
        Kristen has been doing this job for at least 13 years, so by now she should have had this particular thing sorted. If it’s something more serious, like social anxiety or whatever, there is STILL help for that.
        In any case, I’m finished with this discussion. It’s going around in circles and pointless.

        Bullcrap about hate being a figure of speech. KS fans take no prisoners when it comes to people criticising her. They literally ran a reviewer off twitter yesterday because he posted his very negative review about SWATH.

    • delila says:

      kstew at 13 before twilight. it’s like her, without all the nervous tics and backtracking. Twilight effed her up royally or something, she was so cute and mature back then:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoRvI7LPBAI

  8. really says:

    Of all the successful actresses her age, she’s probably the one whom I would find the most tolerable, socially. Her apparent lack of intelligence aside, she seems fine and possibly interesting.
    Also, there’s nothing wrong with wearing a favourite pair of jeans until they unravel… the woman was just in gowns and heels for a week!

  9. bubbles says:

    It only sounds like a put down if you don’t like the body of her work.

    And honestly Kristen has a very strong body of work.

    Also can someone please explain why the lip bitting is such a big deal?

    Many actors have mannerisms that are far more offensive than bitting one’s lip.

    • jaye says:

      I don’t get why people are so offended by her. Yes, she always seems really uncomfortable in one on one interviews, but it’s not like she’s doing it on purpose. It IS her job, but it’s part of her job she’s uncomfortable with. That can happen to the best of us. She’s harmless.

      • Carolyn says:

        I think a lot of people don’t like Kristen because she doesn’t acknowledge that Twilight was a fluke and that a number of actreses could have done a better job. She was darn lucky to get that role. If she smiled and acknowledged this in an interview she’d get more support. Again, she’s lucky to be given the Snow White role too. She’s not the only “kick-ass girl power” actress in town.

  10. Cooper Lucy says:

    Either/or Neither/nor!

  11. Jenna says:

    I also get what she’s trying to say, but at the same time…bitch, please.

  12. mel says:

    Some days I feel sorry for her – other days I don’t due to the backlash she invokes. I think she is professional and puts her self out there and is not naturally funny or self-deprecating so she comes across awkward…and I agree..so what?

  13. Navy Blue says:

    She looks like Jodie Foster in these photos. Similar bone structure. She sure doesn’t have Jodie’s eloquent way of speaking. I’m with you Kaiser. Her publicist should do a better job of finding what works for her. Live tv is not for her.

  14. A says:

    Kind of worried. The reviews that I’ve read are all over the place for this film (although a lot of the reviews are not out yet, so I should probably wait until tomorrow)…Ebert does like this film though, he gave it 3 and 1/2 stars out of four. I’ve read that Chris Hemsworth is the worst part of the film and devoid of charisma/the best part of the film, the dwarves are ridiculous/the best part/, that Kristen is the weakest/terrific and good, that Charlize is overly screechy/steals the show…The main thing is that nobody seems to think the acting is spectacular, but nobody thinks it is awful/horrible either…(sorry, people who hate KStew)…The main complaint seems to be from people who think the fantasy is ridiculous (one guy was irritated by the talking goat, another said Kristen needs to eat a sandwich because physically she doesn’t look strong enough to play a warrior princess) and that the film is uneven/long (guess that it is on the director). I will still go see it though…After all, Alice in Wonderland was pretty much panned and turned out to be decent/okay.

  15. Kara Ann says:

    Hmmm…I think she is trying to be gracious, she’s just soooo awkward that it comes off strange.

    BTW, I understand why she is trying to distance herself from Bella. Bella is excruciatingly simple/annoying! Yes, she got paid obscene amounts of money to portray the twit so she needs to be gracious about it even as she inwardly ( and outwardly) bites her lips and rolls her eyes about the book/film/character. It actually makes me like her.

  16. A says:

    Also, I find Kristen Stewart’s comments about Twilight a lot less obnoxious than Robert Pattinson. That Twilight stunted his passion and creativity, that Cosmopolis is the first film he’s ever been proud of, that he had to take “directions” (from directors, obviously) when called out about the quality of Twilight. Bitch plz. I like him more than I like Kristen most of the time (and I like both), but dude needs to deflate his ego pronto. While quite a few reviewers liked him in Cosmopolis, he also got negative reviews. You don’t shit on your previous work a la Rooney Mara.

    • another nina says:

      True. I’m also disappointed.

    • ssa says:

      I’ve always thought him getting applauded for shitting on Twilight is total sexist bullshit. Look at all the shit that Heigl chick and Rooney Mara got for doing the same.

      • Lila says:

        Yes. Co-sign 100percent, it is sexist and nobody calls it out.

      • Michele says:

        Yes, very true. What’s even more sad is the fact that women are the ones who are guilty of it. They will forgive her boyfriend (Robert) of his quirks and defend his viewpoint but attack hers in such a harsh manner as if she just committed the worst offense ever. Being awkward is not an offense and should not be treated as such. Without knowing Kristen personally, I bet she wishes she were more at ease in the spotlight when being interviewed. Instead of continously criticizing her for it, why not try to be more compassionate and understanding? I’m sure she is aware of the criticisms, so why must some of you add insult to injury? Underneath it all, she’s still just a young woman with feelings and emotions like the rest of us.

      • ORLY says:

        Michelle, what I like about you, is that you try to get us to see the good, always. I mean that.

        “Women are the ones who are guilty of it” because women are the ones who generally read and comment on entertainment gossip blogs.
        As for why people seem to forgive Robert; he is normally a pleasant person, he doesn’t shit on his teachers, compare getting papped to rape, use the middle finger as a second language, act surly most of the time, etc.
        Kristen makes it hard to like her, Robert is likeable. It may be unfair but it’s human nature to be more understanding when you like a person, you know?

        You asked that we show compassion and understanding, but it’s hard to do when she is refusing help. If she really wanted to do better, why not seek help? Good grief, she doesn’t have something terminal.

      • marie says:

        @ orly..
        when it comes to Kristen, you pretty much always say what I’m thinking.. Robert is self-deprecating, which can be charming, while Kristen is not-she takes herself far to seriously it seems.

    • Claire says:

      So true. He knew how terrible and offensive all the books were, he knew he’ll be stuck with if if the first movie worked, and then he acts as someone forced him in a way, i thought it was funny at first because i loathe everything Twilight related, but it just too easy.

    • Chris says:

      I do notice that whenever people can’t defend KStew they somehow find a way to attack Rob. She’s a good person and can be defended without attacking another person.

      Anyway, Rob got almost 100% positive reviews even from people who don’t like the movie so go check your stats again and stop making false claims here. Also, you’re twisting and taking out of context his words about Twilight. He definitely appreciates the series. It’s also nothing he hasn’t said since Day 1. It’s not as if he’s suddenly changed towards the series. He’s always given his honest opinion and that’s why he doesn’t face backlash. He doesn’t pander to the fans and tell them only what they want to hear. But if anyone here chooses to believe what you’re saying it’s because they wanted to believe it in the first place so facts probably won’t change their opinion anyway.
      Good luck.

  17. shailee says:

    she can’t stop doing live interviews, it is idiotic to suggest her to stop, it’s part of the job, she is not comfortable but she still goes out there and does her job without complaining.

    She can’t talk bad about tw, it gave her everything she has now, even if the fame, crazy fans and haters, are too much sometimes, she needs to grateful for it. She doesn’t pretend to be someone she is not, she isn’t the typical robotic young actress, she is shy and awkward, if you don’t like it, is simple, don’t watch her interviews

  18. Rhiley says:

    Kristin Stewart makes Anne Curry look like an interviewer extraordinaire.

  19. Kolby says:

    One of her handlers, or her mom, or SOMEONE, needs to sign her up for a public speaking class. Or hire her a private tutor. Studios used to require this of their actors and would provide instructors if necessary. Interviews, in any form, are a huge part of her job. She’s not paid only to act – which, if you ask me, she’s not that great at acting, either.

  20. Gene Parmesan says:

    she tries, bless her! i saw her on the Graham Norton show and she did try to hold her own alongside Chris Rock, so i gave her some credit. She needs work but um she is getting there??

  21. ssa says:

    Snow White is bad, I got to see it a couple of weeks ago and it is not a good movie. Everyone’s accents are pathetic and Thor is the worst part of the movie. It isn’t just the acting though, it is full of plot holes.

  22. Hanna says:

    When will this KS hype fade away?

  23. Latisse says:

    I used to hate this girl think she was childish, unprofessional etc…and she is all those things for the most part (though from her comments in this article it seems like she is growing out of that phase in her life and I do believe she was trying to be gracious by saying that SWATH is no better/worse than Twilight) as for her awkward personality quirks…she is just that way, some people are not socially adept, I mean you can tell the girl is painfully self-conscious to the point of being nonfunctional…go on youtube and look at an interview of Brandon Flowers the lead singer of the killers, he is exactly the same as she is.

    Won’t make prolonged eye-contact, takes a long time before answering seemingly simple questions…he has admitted that he deals w/ social anxiety, it is clear that Kristen has the same problem, although with practice both seem to be doing better.

    I dunno, just seems unfair to be so hard on the girl. Yes she is immature, slightly pretentious but all that will improve with age. Beyond that she is just an extremely socially awkward person whose job requires her to constantly be thrust in the limelight…feel a bit sorry for her tbh.

    • RuddyZooKeeper says:

      Watching her get publicly flayed for the past little while got me looking closer at what might be going on. Now this is a BIG “might” but these are some things I’ve noticed about her:

      -Difficulty making / maintaining eye contact
      -Incomplete sentences, thoughts that seem scattered and random
      -Expressionless face/eyes
      -Awkward body language
      -Lack of / discomfort with PDA or physical affection (though can feel it or show empathy)
      -Feeling lost/uncomfortable in her skin
      -Interviewed recently, said she considers herself OCD, consumed by details, admits mental/behavioral quirks
      -Socially awkward
      -Fidgets, twitches, odd movements
      -Obliviousness to or lack of acknowledgment of social context and proper behaviors expected and accepted
      -Sensory sensitivities (to light, noise, touch, etc)

      And that’s just off the top of my head. A listing like this seem familiar to anybody else? I’m NOT trying to diagnose, maybe just add another conspiracy theory to the fire. Most of her irritating behaviors read like classic symptoms of Sensory Integration/Processing Disorder or even HFA Spectrum (high functioning autism or even Aspergers–and no, that doesn’t automatically make you an idiot or a genius, just means you think and behave differently). Her issues have just been reading more and more like symptoms to me.

      It’s a viable explanation for the way she speaks. Her ramblings indicate that her brain is making connections and moving faster than she can process and vocalize–it all makes perfect sense to her, but nobody else can follow. Just another textbook red flag that tells me she may not be a flake or a jerk or an idiot. She probably just can’t help it.

      Maybe it’s because I’ve studied and worked with kids with these disorders for the past decade, so now I’ve started seeing them everywhere. And yeah, working with someone may help her read people and situations better, or with communication strategies. So her edges may smooth out, but she’ll always be a bit splintery so to speak. If this is what her deal is (BIG IF), it goes farther than medicating an anxiety disorder or hiring a coach for interviews. If it is though, good for her for achieving as much as she has. The world can be a pretty crappy place for most with sensory disorders. Mostly because of the people in it who never give you a break.

      • Daisy Kenyon says:

        Ruddy: I saw one other website–a film critic’s–forget his name–And many of the posters think KS might have Aspergers-They were being sympathetic about it– as you are.

        My question is–wouldn’t she display these symptoms to ALL the people in her life–instead of just live “nerve-wracking”publicity interviews. There is no indication that she has these quirks or tics in her personal relationships (but have not way of confirming of course)

        Thank you!

  24. Blerg says:

    She has the social skills of someone raised by wolves. Ack.

  25. carolina says:

    I think SWATH is typical summer fare, it’s not goign to be life changing but it will get me out of the heat for a couple hours and I’ll get to see some hot bitches sword fighting. It’s all good, not expecting more than that. For all the love avengers got, and I liked it, I don’t remember one damn thing that happened in it four minutes after the credits rolled. Summer movies are suppossed to be fun but disposable.

  26. LittleDeadGirl says:

    For once I really like her responce. Of course she wants to do more than just Twilight and I’m not gonna comment on whether she can or can’t but you should never bad mouth any work you can get. Who said there are no small parts just small actors? Anyway, she answers well and I think she’s getting better at the live.

    I disagree a bit with you Kaiser. It’s not her forte but she needs to improve on it. She’s never gonna be able to NOT do live and she needs to just practice and get better.

  27. muppet_barbershop says:

    @Kaiser I don’t think she wants to get away from Bella, the character. The positive, vaguely feministic things she’s said about playing Bella were convincing to me. But I agree that she wants to move the heck on from the Twilight career experience overall. Aside from acquiring the apparently real and successful LTR that is.