Now that Kristen Stewart‘s Twilight sentence is ending, we’re vicariously excited to see her talking candidly and maturely about sex. (No matter what the detractors say.) It comes up in her profile in Interview magazine, when she’s talking about how people expect actors to be so open and giving, not only on film sets but in TV interviews as well. She compares acting to sex in that you should do it but not talk about it. And when the interviewer brings up the point that an inordinate number of modern Hollywood celebrities got famous by making sex tapes, Kristen says,
“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.”
One thing you can say about Kristen Stewart: As annoying as her sulkiness in interviews comes across, she at least became famous in a legitimate way. The girl’s been working since she was 10, and gave genuinely good performances in Panic Room, Speak, and The Runaways. Speaking of fakery, she’s never acted as if Twilight were some sacred text; she and the rest of the cast know that they’re cashing in on a franchise. Case in point: For the past four years Kristen has consistently shot a wholly different project between Twilight films.
You should really read the whole thing over at Interview, because it proves that if you get Kristen alone and don’t have a camera trained on her, she becomes a lot less defensive. What’s interesting is that she doesn’t say that she’s definitively against making a sex tape; rather, she derides the people who use it as a calculated attempt at their fifteen minutes of fame.
It kind of explains why she and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson were so secretive about their romance in the first few years. Sure, some part of it was played up to work Twihards into a frenzy at the mere prospect that Bella and Edward were actually doing it in real life. But I remember that whenever they’d be photographed together, they were coolly looking at the camera, aware that they were being watched and challenging people to draw their own conclusions. They didn’t need to confirm it then, and they don’t need to do the runaround of marketing a sex tape now.
Photo: Vanity Fair