Happy 24th birthday to Kristen Stewart. This is a great opportunity to ask what the hell happened to her. Is it just me, or does her career seem to have stalled a bit since the final Twilight film came out? Not only did she not star in another movie until this year’s Camp X-Ray, which premiered at Sundance to so-so reviews, but she’s also not exactly beloved in the eyes of the public after that whole
publicity stunt cheating scandal.
Since it’s Kristen’s birthday and I believe in taking a positive attitude about people on their birthdays, let’s lay out some ideas for how Kristen can revive her career and get back in the public’s good graces (although I’m not entirely sure she was ever there in the first place…), based on what seems to have worked for other young actresses. Am I a professional celebrity career fixer person? Not at all. But do I enjoy pretending to be one? Absolutely.
1. Take a break from the spotlight.
Kristen’s already done this, but it’s how she bounces back after it that makes a difference. Taking a hiatus seems to be a really helpful move for some stars. Just look at Anne Hathaway. She realized the public was sick of her and went away for a while. I don’t know about you, but now that she’s back I’m kind of relieved. For Kristen, we’re still sort of tapping our feet waiting for her hiatus to end, so hopefully she’ll be able to come back out of it. These next ideas might be helpful with that.
2. Star in smaller movies.
She’s doing this as well, although Camp X-Ray doesn’t appear to be a comeback role. Kristen seems to thrive with smaller projects, but unfortunately she doesn’t always choose the best ones. She has a lot lined up for the next year or two, however, so fingers crossed one of them does the trick.
3. Get a great starring role.
It’s great that Kristen’s getting involved in smaller movies that she feels passionate about, but for a lot of them she’s in a supporting role. Take Into the Wild or On the Road, for instance. Obviously she can’t snap her fingers and have the perfect starring indie role put in her lap, but it would definitely do great things for her. I think Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone is a great example of the type of thing to aim for. The difference is that Kristen got her big franchise out of the way first.
4. Become a director’s muse.
Again, it’s not like Kristen can just walk up to a director and make them cast her in all their movies, but having a loyal relationship with a good filmmaker could bring out some great performances. I hate to use Jennifer Lawrence for every example, but there’s not denying she has a fantastic career to emulate. Her roles in David O. Russell films have led to two of her three Oscar nods — and one win.
5. Don’t date anybody.
Just stop with the dating, both real and fake. Don’t real-date your co-star, don’t fake date your co-star. Don’t real-date your director, don’t fake-date your director. Just don’t date. Replace all that relationship drama with news about your career and your talent.
6. Stop talking about how much fame sucks.
The fact is that people don’t enjoy listening to privileged millionaires complain about being privileged millionaires. It’s not the best way to get people to like you.
7. Change her hair.
So technically Kristen has already done this too, by recently dying their hair orange, but A.) it’s for a new movie she’s in, and B.) it doesn’t look so good. If she were to make a big hair change that wasn’t required for work and actually looked stylish (a pixie cut is a popular choice), it could be great. Sometimes it takes literally seeing someone differently to see someone differently, you know?
8. Become a fashion icon.
Similar to the hair, sometimes a change in literal image can work wonders for someone’s career image. She has a contract for Chanel and has attended fashion events, but there’s still something stopping her from being a fashion icon. I think it’s the fact that she never seems to be wearing clothes she likes. It usually looks like someone told her to wear a certain dress and she’s just putting up with it. If she could wear clothes that make her happy without sacrificing style, people might be more interested in emulating her. A great example is Lupita Nyong’o. She’s a total style star, and it’s because not only does she have great taste, but you can tell it’s totally her.
9. Show she has a sense of humor.
These days, being able to make fun of yourself is a must in Hollywood, and Kristen just hasn’t shown that she knows how to do it. A fun guest spot on a late night talk show or a host gig on SNL — if they’d take the risk and have her on — could do wonders for her.
I know this is what everyone always says about Kristen, but the fact of the matter is that it’s not very fun to see someone look miserable on the red carpet. Sometimes just sucking it up and putting on a happy face is worth it.