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Kristen Stewart on fame, films and finding happiness

We discover what’s been happening in Kristen Stewart‘s life since Twilight and what it’s like living under the tabloid spotlight.

Carrie Lyell

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:05:45 GMT | Updated 1 years today

Kristen Stewart has been making headlines since she first shot to fame as Bella Swan in Twilight in 2008. The film, based on the trilogy of books by Stephanie Meyer, spawned a massively successful franchise, banking more than $3.3 billion and catapulting Stewart to mega stardom. The young star has featured on just about every rich list since 2010 with reported earnings somewhere between 30 and 40 million dollars, and the 25-year-old already has more awards on her mantelpiece than most actors will earn in their whole careers. 


But despite critically acclaimed performances in films including Still Alice and Clouds Of Sils Maria, and reportedly starring as Chloe Sevigny's lover in an upcoming film about Lizzie Borden, it's not Stewart's work that has been creating those aforementioned headlines, but her personal life.


Of course, some would argue that an invasion of privacy is the price for the success enjoyed by the actress and her peers, but the intense media scrutiny afforded to Stewart seems disproportionate even by those standards and despite a flat refusal to join the tabloid game, they keep asking her to play.


That scrutiny got much worse last year, when during an interview with the Sunday Mirror, K-Stew's mum Jules allegedly told Sharon Feinstein that her daughter was dating visual effects producer Alicia Cargile before later denying that she said such a thing, exploding the internet in the process. Many questioned whether Jules had outed her daughter, leading Kristen to later clarify the fact she couldn't be out because she'd never been in, telling Nylon magazine that her sexuality and relationship were no secret. "Google me, I'm not hiding," she said, sending shockwaves through gossip rags the world over.


That should have been the end of the matter really, but Kristen's admission that she wasn't 100% straight only added fuel to the fire, and tabloids continue to wheel out anonymous sources "close to the couple" to speculate furiously on their relationship status and whether Kristen will "go back to men" - because misogyny and biphobia. "It's like I'm involved in a weekly comic book," she told Nylon. 


It's exhausting for a spectator, never mind being the person subjected to all the rumour and gossip. No wonder she's not on social media. So, with that in mind, we thought it would be good to turn the focus back on the main thing people should be talking about - her acting.


DIVA: Equals is premised on the very interesting notion of a society that has managed to eliminate emotions. How do you approach a film like this when you're being asked to work against your own talent and nature as an actor to portray emotions?


Kristen Stewart: It was scary in a lot of ways. Nicholas [Hoult] and I would spend a lot of time just talking to each other and not showing a lot of visible emotion. We're playing people who are drawn to each other and fall in love with each other even though that's considered taboo behaviour.


Read the rest of our exclusive interview, only in DIVA. On sale now at the links below. 




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