Kristen Stewart: Julianne Moore & Juliette Binoche are talented ‘despite age’?


When all was said and done, I don’t think Kristen Stewart ever really had a chance at any major Best Supporting Actress nominations this year. Depending on the year, there will be one or two categories that are just crazy-stacked, and this year that’s Best Actor and Supporting Actress. Supporting Actress is so stacked that Laura Dern didn’t even get a SAG or Globe nomination, so how is K-Stew supposed to compete with that? Still, I’m sure Kristen is proud of her Still Alice mom, Julianne Moore. Moore is going into the awards season as a clear favorite (although nothing is set in stone). Kristen gave an interview to Indie Wire to promote Still Alice, and she spoke about how much she loves Julianne (Kristen calls her Julie, which is actually Julianne’s real name) and lots of other stuff. And in typical K-Stew fashion, there are lots of awkward, nearly-offensive word choices. Some highlights:

Whether she’s ever had personal experience with Alzheimer’s: “I very fortunately have never experienced that personally. I’ve never had a loved one who has had to traverse the very scary path that one must who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.”

What ‘Still Alice’ gave her: “Everyone always asks, “How did this movie change you? What did it give you?” And it gives you in the most basic sense a fundamental perspective. You want to go home and call your mom, or you want to stop being so petty. It gives you this massive jug of perspective.

Working with Julianne Moore: “I was watching Julie work so hard. The only way someone could pull this off and not be associated with Alzheimer’s is due to them being a sheer genius and just being multi-faceted. You have to have such imagination and the wildest control over your body. One thing that made it easier, and really painful in the most correct way, was to see someone like Julie be so strong and so capable and so vital. The notion that they could ever lose that, because she was also playing someone who was just as impressive as a woman, it made it harder to see Julie go through that because she is what she is.”

Learning about early-onset Alzheimer’s: “I think also the most important part of the movie is understanding the disease. When you’re young, and this is just dumb but it’s also plain normal, you hear kids saying, “Old timer’s disease,” and it’s just simply not. It’s easer to cast aside and say they’re just old, but no, this is a really ravaging disease and it can happen to someone really young. I was unaware of that. People know about early onset Alzheimer’s, but I didn’t know how common it is. It’s absolutely rampant and easy to ignore, which is a terrible combination. I learned a lot. I’m glad to be a part of something that’s getting that out there.”

Working with Juliette Binoche & Julianne in the same year: “To be in the presence of people like that who are so talented, even despite age, that’s absolutely going to shape you and motivate you. I loved working with Julie because I felt there was a serious commonality in terms of how we reach our goals in acting. Juliette, on the other hand, just floored me. She achieved this greatness by means that I don’t understand. I love her for that. She perplexes me and she keeps me going and keeps me asking questions. Juliette kind of drives me crazy, whereas Julie has such attention to detail. The way she manages losing herself and finding herself with such precision is like she is a soulful surgeon.”

Whether she relates to the characters she plays: “I don’t think I can ever step outside myself fully. It’s not the type of acting I want to do. I’ve been lucky enough to be allowed to do this. Everyone can tell me that I run my hand through my hair too much, and that’s fine because I’m truly there and very present in these moments. With the roles I’ve been playing, especially recently in films like “Sils Maria” and “Still Alice,” the way to do those parts justice is to just really be them and to learn the things they’re learning. You got to walk in their shoes for real and experience what they experience. In that regard, I didn’t feel like I was playing characters. They were so there for me, I just wanted to live in them.”

[From Indie Wire]

Kristen tries so hard to be “smart”. Which is why we get sentences like “I’ve never had a loved one who has had to traverse the very scary path that one must who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.” Classic. And this sentence threw me for a loop: “To be in the presence of people like that who are so talented, even despite age, that’s absolutely going to shape you and motivate you.” Um, even despite age? What the hell is she saying here? She can’t believe that people in their 40s and 50s are talented? She can’t believe that people that age have something to teach her? What the hell, K-Stew?

Oh, and “I don’t think I can ever step outside myself fully.” Baby, we know. You just play versions of yourself. You run your hands through your hair in every performance. You lip-bite your way through ever film. You are playing Kristen Stewart every time.


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  1. Diana B says:

    She’s hopeless. That’s all I got.

    • bettyrose says:

      My take: She’s very aware of the fast-approaching expiration date on her one-dimensional career.

    • CTgirl says:

      She’s like a fire ant – no amount of rehabilitation will make her anything but that little special snowflake of a fire ant than twitches, plays with her hair, can’t use vocabulary, and makes inadvertent offensive statements in every interview.

    • gefeylich says:

      A total maroon. Jesus. She only wishes she had 1000th the talent of Moore or Binoche (not to mention their beauty, grace and style). Both Moore and Binoche were talented as young women, too, something which cannot be said about Stewart (and it’s highly doubtful she’ll “grow into it.”).

    • Lovelee412 says:

      I actually think she mean the despite age part to the second half of the sentence. She just worded it wrong! Should have said it will motivate and shape you despite your age! I think it was pretty clear she was talking about herself. Shesh. Lol

  2. Mrs. Wellen Melon says:

    She talks just like the gold digger Lorelei in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”.

  3. Janet says:

    She’s a one-note actress whose only claim to fame was landing a movie part that a bajillion girls and women identified with. She’s not going anywhere.

    • Macy says:

      She does lip bite and play herself in literally every movie..I feel like everyone knows she sucks as an actress but they continue to put up with her and give her change after chance..I have a feeling if she was of any other race, she would not have made it this far..f*** Hollywood

  4. AuroraO says:

    And Kristen still gets movie roles despite her lack of talent.

  5. RhoSue says:

    She is not talented at all, despite her age.

  6. Babadook says:

    I don’t want to be a KStew defender but I think she’s saying that they’re amazingly talented and that they’re going to shape her regardless of their age. Like I sort of get what she’s trying to say but girl needs to phrase things better. At least I hope thats what she means!

    • Bucky says:

      I got that sense, too.

    • Catk says:

      Yeah, she’s an idiot. However, I think she’s trying to say that people, even if not her contemporaries, are big influencers. Awkward, but not ageist.

    • Dany says:

      yes, it´s the same in every interview. I understand the meaning but the way she speaks….
      She needs an interview coach badly.

    • Kitten says:

      Precisely what I got out of it.

      She’s so inarticulate though, it’s painful.

      On a superficial note, this is the best I’ve ever seen her look. She really has the perfect face for short hair.

      • StormsMama says:

        I read it as “despite MY age”
        Like she is disparaging herself (trying) in comparison to them and their talent.
        Unfortunately as everyone else has noted, she’s not very bright.
        But I’m always surprised people expect a young starlet who grew up on sets in the industry to have much of an education. It’s superficial, script smarts. And speaking of superficial, I agree this is the best she’s ever looked.

    • Janet says:

      “Regardless of age” doesn’t mean despite age. Is she really so clueless that she doesn’t know that?

      • Sunny says:

        As always she tries to sound intelligent but she is so inarticulate that ever time she gives an interview it ends up causing trouble.

        I think she meant the remarks as a compliment but due to her poor grasp of language the remarks sound insulting.

        One thing that annoyed me though was her saying, “even despite”. Just awkward as hell with wording. I think she needs more media training and a public speaking coach?

      • Sofia says:

        That quote would make sense if she was talking about a really young actor that despite being so young was so good the she learned from him. Experience makes better actors, that’s the rule with few exceptions. I would give her a pass if she was from a non English speaking country, but she is American so I don’t understand why she said what she said.

      • Azurea says:

        Media and interview coaching aren’t going to help a person who is semi-literate.
        She almost sounds like English is not her primary language.

    • phlyfiremama says:

      I think that she was referring to HER age, not theirs~the syntax was garbled.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Her statement was confusing and ambiguous, “despite” their age or her age, it’s not clear in the context given. She’s inarticulate and consistently makes statements that show she has no understanding of the craft as well as no desire to improve her skill set. I have no interest in seeing her on camera, she’s photogenic but her “acting” is weak at best.

  7. GoodNamesAllTaken says:


  8. scout says:

    Saw “still Alice” movie, this girl is so bad in that, she can’t act to save her life!

    • Beth says:

      She was terrible. Her incompetence at acting made all the more obvious by having the talented Julianne Moore next to her.

      In the movie her mum has Parkinson’s disease and all she could muster was dead eyes and incoherent mumbling.

      • Melissa says:

        Really? You saw the movie and your takeaway is that it’s about a woman with Parkinson’s? Real observant, so your critique doesn’t count for much.

  9. PunkyMomma says:

    Why do I even try to make sense of Kristen’s interviews? And why hasn’t someone (publicist, manager, analyst) throw her thesaurus away? And “a massive jug of perspective”? (Way too early in the morning to slaughter any language. @Kaiser: KStew interviews should require a NSFYB (Not Safe for Your Brain) warning.))


  10. Anastasia says:

    Wow, what a tone-deaf jerk!

  11. LAK says:

    Her lack of education shows in this interview. Her sentence construction is making her sound incredibly ignorant, confusing and borderline offensive.

    Having read entire interview and understood the context of it, I conclude that she’s trying to say that she came to realise that talent and disease don’t have an age although young people tend to society dismisses both based upon age.

    She’s saying it benefits everyone to spend time around talented people, she talks about the craft of the two ladies and how inspired she was by them. She talks about coming to realisation that alzheimer’s can strike at any age despite being dismissed as an old people’s disease.

    • Nick says:

      Your first sentence is exactly what I was thinking

    • Kitten says:

      YES! Exactly to the lack of education. I’m not sure she would ever overcome her awkwardness but she makes it worse by trying to use big words and trying to sound intelligent.

      • bns says:

        This. I feel like a big part of why she always stutters in her interviews is because she’s always trying to think of big words to use to make herself sound smarter, but she uses them in the wrong context and ends up embarrassing herself.

      • Lila says:

        Doesn’t she read a lot? That’s what this reminds me of. She reads all these big words but she doesn’t actually understand how to use them herself. She is just incredibly inarticulate.

        I don’t think she’s a moron though. I actually liked this interview quite a lot once I managed to wade through the ridiculous sentences to what she was actually saying. I particularly liked the way she described Julianne and Juliette.

    • I Choose Me says:

      I like her and I really wish she would learn to express herself better. Her word salads make it difficult to get at the root of what she’s saying.

  12. Every time she opens her mouth, I’m more and more convinced that she’s as dumb as a box of rocks.

  13. vauvert says:

    Since I never read the Twi books and never saw those movies, I could never figure out her appeal. Still cannot. At least she is self-aware enough to know that she is essentially playing herself all the time – which by the way, is not calked acting, K, it’s just being yourself…. And self aware enough to see the greatness in her co-stars. Sadly, she seems unable to learn from them. Maybe because they are so, you know, old… (Shaking head in despair).

  14. mia girl says:

    I wonder if I can pick up a “massive jug of perspective” at Costco…

    PS. This girl. SMH

    • j.eyre says:

      I had a massive jug of perspective on New Year’s Eve last year; it left me with a terrible relevance hangover.

      Its best to buy one at Costco and split it into smaller jars; it keeps longer.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Other things I wish were available for purchase are cases of STFUs and coupons for Have A Seat. Then all I had to do was obtain the mailing addresses of a few choice celebs and my Christmas shopping list would be complete.

    • jaye says:

      You can, actually. I bought one recently and paired nicely with sauteed human flesh and fava beans.

  15. Hazel says:

    I am pretty inarticulate at times but even I manage to sharpen myself for professional settings. Maybe she should do a college course on communication.

  16. Gigi says:

    She’s a joke. She never had a true buzz for her performance

  17. Liz s. says:

    I read this in the voice of Joey Tribiani.

  18. Tig says:

    Yeah, I never got all the awards “buzz” either. I could understand getting tripped up with red carpet comments with all the hoopla going on, but to be this at sea in a sit down interview is puzzling.

  19. genevieve says:

    This is the poor child who claimed her teachers all “failed” her, I recall. But every time she starts verbally flailing around, I can’t help but think a little less childhood acting time and a lot more learning time might have been useful.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      Exactly this! This girl would benefit so much from some proper schooling.

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        And a dose of humility, she is lucky to be in the same film with Moore and Binoche, she should be kissing their feet not presuming she’s their equal.

    • Veronica says:

      That’s even more obnoxious if she actually said that. Plenty of people were failed by the public school system, but many of them don’t have the disposable income to pursue a better education later in life. She has no excuse.

  20. Angela says:

    I think Kristen is well-intentioned and I don’t think she’s stupid, but she needs to read more. She’s incredibly inarticulate.

  21. Lyn says:

    She is plain stupid pretending to be smart. That is all there is to her. Now, it is quite questionable how she still get roles from small films. With her reputation as a home wrecker, I will not be surprised if she is doing something else to get those roles. Can’t wait for the day for this pretentious cheater to finally get lost.

  22. Eleonor says:

    I hope Julienne Moore will get that Oscar she deserves since Magnolia.

  23. Jen says:

    You obviously haven’t seen Still Alice or Camp X-ray because she is phenomenal in both. So you can take your opinion and stfu

    • ORLY says:

      Girl, calm down.
      Some people thought she did well in those movies, but a lot of people thought she sucked.

      • Div says:

        She got great reviews for Still Alice. Both the LA Times and NY Times were very complimentary. We all have our own opinions on acting, but acting like those good reviews don’t exist puzzle me. It’s the same with Aniston. Yes, her nominations are total jokes when you consider she beat out Marion Cotillard and Swank. However, it doesn’t mean she got bad reviews or that Cake sucks. Aniston actually got great reviews.

      • Liz says:

        I have seen Still Alice and she was ok in the role but honestly nothing too special mainly because the part was underwritten.
        I was a little disappointed in the film and thought the only truly great part overall was Moore as Alice, as everything else was a little bland.

      • Melissa says:

        Flip that around — MOST thought she was great. Some knocks, but you have your head in the sand if you think she hasn’t gotten near-universal raves all year for 3 movies, especially Clouds of Sils Maria.

      • noway says:

        Wow I love how gossip grows, and facts get lost. First of all if we are going by critics reviews Unbroken is better than Cake and Still Alice is a Rembrandt compared to Cake and Unbroken’s junk art. Reality is Still Alice is the only one with enough reviews to say that it has good reviews. I can find more top critics reviews that are praising Kristen Stewart in Still Alice than I can find that praise Anniston in Cake. Anniston and her people really pushed for her acting nominations. They needed to to find a distributor. I am not saying that she is bad, but the assumption that Anniston is amazing because of a few good reviews and she really pushed her movie and roll to the HFPA and SAG is crazy. First actors for whatever reason love it when other actors alter their looks for a roll, which kind of explains SAG. The HFPA are suckers for a good sales presentation think of Pia Zadora and Butterfly.

        Now Kristen really does play part of herself in every roll. She comes across as a conceited over indulged not so bright brat which doesn’t make for a good combination when looking for awards. Not sure if she deserves one or not, but at least the girl is picking good movies to get attached to. I will give her that much.

    • Anname says:

      Kristen cannot disappear into a role, and that’s what the great actors do. You always see Kristen Stewart in every one of her characters – same intonations, same mannerisms, same body language. She got the worst reviews of her career trying to play Snow White, because she couldn’t get past herself and become the fairytale character. She gets good/great reviews when she plays a contemporary young moody woman. That’s great, but it’s very limited range.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      How about you take your opinion and do as suggested? Why is your opinion the more valid review? It’s not. Fine, you’re a fan, go see her movies, but no amount of “STFU” on the Internet will convince people she’s talented.

  24. Dawn says:

    She needs a filter because she just can’t hear what she is saying. Good god girl just stand there and smile. Every time this one opens her mouth she sticks her foot in it.

  25. Corrie says:

    Im a K fan… I do think she over thinks in her interviews bc the traverse wording was ODD. But that said she’s a talented and great actress despite herself sometimes. Traverse to me wasn’t as bad as Im not really acting, I’m finding out who I am. GIRL No… on set, invoking a fictional character is not where you find yourself. I find she likes to continually find herself which make her come off like she doesn’t know herself and continually looking. Oy. But I love her though. She’s just a work in progress. Give her 10yrs and she’ll figure it out. Saying that you’re real and cool – makes her sound disingenius. The thing undervalued with Kristen is she’s an excellent sales person. She can sell her ass off. She does it by making it a personal experience she’s “passionate” about to her fans and audience so much so its believable and they buy. Her greatest work is her ability to sell. Chanel is the best example of that. As well as Twilight… and her being in it for the money but not saying she’s in it for the money. K stop using the thesaurus to talk. We love you without you trying to use words incorrectly.

    • Mi says:

      She never get asked if twi-hards will see her movies,if paparazzi follow her,why her movies bombed very badly,who she’s dating,why she’s not in SWATH sequel,no private awkward questions.

      • suziekew says:

        THIS so much Mi! Every interview is about Kristen spouting off about herself, and I suppose her publicist prohibits them asking Kristen questions, but she always, always comes off as self-absorbed. Girl, let them ask you the tough questions or uncomfortable questions and respond to those for a change. I think she would come across as a more genuine person if she were more forthcoming.

        I don’t won’t her to spill her guts on her personal romantic life but ask her about why her movies aren’t successful, what other actors she likes, what movies she likes, etc. Anything to humanize her…..

  26. Lizzy1013 says:

    Julianne Moore and Juliette Binoche are BELOVED!! They have busted their asses in this industry and have the respect of their coworkers and fans. KS, you in danger girl!

    • Div says:

      Come on. She’s complimenting the hell out of Julianne, especially if you read the entire interview. She’s inarticulate and awkward, but you have to be ridiculously reaching (sorry Kaiser, but you are in this case) to try and make something offensive here. Girl obvs. worships Julianne. She was decent in Still Alice and got a good review from the NY Times so good for her.

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        Despite a certain level of bitchiness, I am easy going and forgiving, especially to clueless young people but KS does herself no favors by presuming she needs to pass judgment on Binoche and Moore and spread her bountiful knowledge to the youth of today. She comes off as self-involved and arrogant, her compliments and fawning sound very self serving to my jaded ears.

  27. Kelly says:

    I frown so hard when I read her interviews that it makes my eyes twitch! And I don’t get it, how does playing make-believe really well make you a genius? Maybe a more appropriate word would suit, like sociopath?

  28. Dree says:

    Very bad phrasing am not sure what she means but if she actually means what it says thats just weird and ageist.
    I am younger than Kstew but even i know you are supposed to learn from older people thats the natural thing. She sounds like she thinks its amazing she has something to learn from them because they are so old (to her).

  29. Veronica says:

    Oh, Kstew. Sometimes, I remember how obnoxious and self-involved I was in my very early twenties, and I’m relieved that wasn’t played out in front of a national audience for permanent record.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Yes, I agree, it’s not easy to “hear” yourself to begin with and how much worse to be on a national or international stage and have your every comment parsed to death and repeated until the cows come home.

  30. Sara says:

    She is a one note greasy haired mess, I can never see her in any other character than herself. If it weren’t for Twilight no one would care about her. I bet her career hangs by a thread for another twenty years which is a shame because I’m sure there are more talented actors out there.

  31. St says:

    I like how she doesn’t really care about her other films. Didn’t she had like 3 indie movies this year? But she promotes and shows up everywhere only for the one who has Future Oscar Nominee and probably winner Julianne Moore. And it.s not like that movie needs Kristen’s promotion. It will not get any money at the box office. Julianne will still be nominated for everything. Kristen “Twilight” Stewart’s association even hurts it.

    But of course Kristen will promote the hell out of her small presence in that movie. And will show up at Oscars and will beg to be presenter. There is also Kate Bosworth and Alec Baldwin and Hunter Parrishin that movie. But we don’t see them at every screener and giving countless interviews.

    And you know that if Juliette Binoche would be the one who was nominated for everything and Julianne would miss out then Kristen would be all promoting that other movie.

  32. So says:

    I have no respect for this woman because she never auditions for roles. They are given to her because of nepotism. She is the perfect example of not having any “it” factor. But actors have such big egos they all wanna be MOVIE STAHS!!

  33. Bernadette says:

    Perhaps it is the writer of the article and the 33 commenters who are “just dumb”. And yet you look for every article on her to write and comment about. You all need hobbies.

  34. mike says:

    She means to say ‘no matter what’ instead of ‘despite’. So she made a mistake and confused her words. Big deal.

    You people have nothing else to bash or badmouth today, I guess.

  35. cynthia says:

    Uhm….she’s talking about her own age. Like it doesn’t matter she is not a kid anymore, that she is an adult, she can very much still be shaped by these talented women…You are seriously grasping at straws here!

  36. edelweiss says:

    Not native speaker, but i understand her perfectly. I like the way she talks and describes things. Maybe because i‘m not looking for mistakes in every word that she said and twist the message. Acting is very subjective. She‘s talented for some, not talented for others. It‘s ok, everybody has his or hers own opinion. It should be respected. No need for namecalling. She had amazing reviews for all 3 movies

    • mimi says:


      Bingo! It’s always the people who can’t stand her that look for mistakes or things to poke fun at in every interview, picture or article about Kristen and then comment very negatively with such glee about a person they don’t even like. She’s getting great praises on her performances in Still Alice, Clouds of Sils Maria and Camp X-Ray. I’m happy for her.

      • edelweiss says:

        You said exactly how I feel about it. It‘s so strange to read this kind of article, where her words are totaly twisted and the main public cheers and resorts to namecalling. If it were someone else and not KS… there are so many examles of it on this site. I know what this site is called, but I think it‘s rarely ‘smart escapism‘ in articles about KS and especially the comments. I like some discussions on this site. I think the autor gives the tone for these discussions in the way she writes the article.

  37. Annie B says:

    I think people are being much too hard on K-Stew: the ‘age’ comment probably just came out wrong, and she seems to me to bear a decent actress – she has a limited range, but can be charismatic and very effective.