I feel like every time you watch a Kristen Stewart movie, you should be obligated to read one of her interviews alongside it, like a companion text to help you understand the strange, brooding creature onscreen. Even if you think she’s done a pretty compelling acting job in a particular movie, all you have to do is turn to page ten in your books, and you’ll find out that she thinks it was total garbage.
Previously she’s told us that in movies like The Clouds of Sils Maria, where she appears opposite Juliette Binoche, she’s not even bothering with acting, just trying not to get ‘squashed’ out there. Okay, sure, I guess that’s worth a paycheck in the millions. And now she’s revealing to Vanity Fair France yet another instance in which her acting goes out the window — when she doesn’t like her costar. That’s…not super convenient.
“I’m not the type of actor who can perform without wearing a mirror on my face. Everyone knows that you’re better with other actors who are really present, who you are having the same experience with, but I am made or broken on it. If I’m working with someone who I’m not vibing with, or who I have to fake anything with, then it’s sad for me and it’s bad acting.”
Alright, but is that really acting, then? I feel like acting like you like someone is the first skill you learn in the real world, isn’t it? (Although in her defense, I haven’t mastered it yet.) So if you want to continue working as a professional actor, maybe at some point invest in learning how to act with someone even if they aren’t your buddy. Wouldn’t that make you more of an asset?
Kristen won’t name names as far as whom she’s had to fake it with, but as someone who’s seen more of her movies (and those photos of her and Rupert Sanders ‘canoodling’) than I care to admit, I have pretty good money on it being EVERYONE SHE’S EVER WORKED WITH. Get it? Because she’s never a good actress?
“I haven’t been totally screwed, but I’ve had to force things. I’ve had to be in front of people and be like, ‘Oh, thank God we only have a few scenes together,’ ”I never know until a few days, or a few scenes, in. At first you think maybe we just haven’t fallen into our rhythm. But as soon as you are exhausted by trying to find it, you give up and just sort of fall into default mode — it’s just shitty. It’s just not fun. And it’s not as good. When I look at those scenes I go, ‘ugh.’ I don’t like watching them.”
Hey, that’s something you and I have in common, Kristen! I also say ‘ugh’ when I look at your scenes. Maybe we’re not so different after all!