Whom is pulling focus on the cover? If anyone. It’s interesting: would it be a fan thing, or to whom you’ve become drawn along the promotional trail for Snow White & the Huntsman as one woman or the other is featured more-heavily in certain (very, very spoiler-heavy) trailers and featurettes.
It’s definitely an interesting cover, and photo shoot, and an equally-extensive interview for which the women were spoken with separately. Theron’s interview is mostly as expected, with literally the first question she’s asked being about new motherhood. Meh, we’ve heard the gushing at this point. There’s more from Theron, more depth that is. However, Stewart’s interview is much more interesting and sound-bitable (so it’s excerpted below, while Theron’s quotes can be found at the credit). This is an interview that exposes Stewart, in the best way. As in, were someone a detractor or on the fence about her personality, stern expression, terse manner, apparent lack of interest, etc. etc. it’s explained away in a manner that is endearing. This is an interview that can win over non-fans.
Kristen Stewart on working with actresses and female directors: “Quite a few, yeah, which is rare. It’s hard to generalize about that subject because the women I’ve worked with have all been so different. But if there’s one consistency: it might be that you do have to handle yourself differently on a set. Women can be more emotional; at least they sometimes show it more.”
Um, pardon: “You know, with the film industry crews, there’s an odd mix between a very technical and a very artistic approach to the work, and sometimes as a woman you have to be a little bit careful about how things come out because people don’t really want to listen if it’s in a certain emotional tone or too strong.”
Kristen on nearly quitting acting: ”I was 10… I was almost done auditioning at that point. I wasn’t getting anything and I figured that it just wasn’t worth it. But that was the first time I had an audition where suddenly I felt something. I remember looking up, and there was a camera, because I was being filmed, and I looked over at [the director], and I knew instantly that I had gotten the part without her even saying anything.”
Kristen on the reductive parsing of her roles: “Yeah. Everyone goes, ‘All the roles you choose, they’ve all got some sort of gusto.’ And, really, it’s by chance. It’s almost like you’re kind of discrediting the strength by saying, ‘Strong girl, strong girl.’ It’s like, ‘She’s just a strong person.’ Yeah, the whole woman thing… I don’t really know how to address it. These characters are all just people.”
Kristen on male producers/ directors pandering to demand for female leads: “That is totally true. I do think, though, that there is a niche that people are trying to fill right now because of the female audience. Females want other females to be really strong, so there are a whole lot of scripts that are basically just male parts renamed as a girl. It’s like, ‘That is not a woman. That is not the strength of a woman. That is just a woman trying to imitate a man.’”
Kristen on Charlize Theron: “She is unlike anyone I’ve ever encountered. She is one of those people who walks into a room and everyone knows it… She’s a f**king movie star. It’s funny, too, because she always says, ‘I’m not really a performer.’ But I’m like, ‘Yeah, not at all.’ [laughs] She’s an actor and a performer.”
Kristen on being famous: “I feel so extremely successful, and not just because I can greenlight a movie now. It’s because I’ve really only worked with people that I truly love, and I’ve only had bad experiences with one or two directors.”
Go on…: “I think it always boils down to people not being there for the right reasons, and not being there for the same reasons. It’s a miracle when things come together. But sometimes it just doesn’t happen, and when it doesn’t happen, you still have to finish the movie. [laughs] It just becomes more difficult, more thankless work. You find yourself occasionally having to lie… It sucks. I hate it.”
On filming The Runaways at Twilight’s peak: “Oh, yeah. The frenzy we were acting out in the movie was interesting because I had experienced it with the unique success of Twilight, where people would go absolutely [crazy] crying in front of you. Then that thing of having people want to get in. Joan [Jett] was so protective of me with the paparazzi. They were hounding our set like crazy. She was so concerned and emotional about it, and I was always like, ‘It’s fine. I’m fine.’ But it bothered her a lot. We grew to know each other so well, so she knew that I wasn’t the type of person, even though a lot of people think of me like this, to not care. People think that I’m really untouchable, and that’s also translated into a lot of people thinking that I’m super-ungrateful.”
So… she’s not stuck up: “I think people are used to seeing actors be wide open and desperately giving of themselves, and while I do that on a movie set as much as I can, it’s so unnatural for me to do it on television, in interviews, in anything like that. I also don’t find that my process as an actor is really anyone else’s business. A lot of actors have felt like that. I mean, there’s that awesome quote where Joanne Woodward said, ‘Acting is like sex: you should do it, not talk about it.’”
Kristen on the idea of selling sex, or using a tape to get famous: “Yeah, but they’re lying while that [sex tape] is being made. The act is in itself a lie. You’re faking something. The girl is lying there, she’s pretending that she doesn’t know the camera’s on, she’s getting banged, and ‘accidentally’ it leaks out? Everyone leaks their own sex tapes! That’s a ploy to get famous; that’s not about the sex. It’s not like when Madonna did her Sex book, and it was an artistic endeavor where she acknowledged it and spoke about it and was so upfront about it. It’s different. It’s not upfront. It’s not honest. It’s a ploy to get famous.”
Kristen on why she’s bad at interviews: “I’m so concerned with the right thing coming out… I know that people’s judgments are fast, and in a split second I will ruin it.” - via Interview Magazine.