If you were Kristen Stewart, you might be preoccupied thinking about the release of Snow White And The Huntsman this summer. Not only is it your first big movie role apart from the same role you’ve played in four installments of one of the most beloved (by most teen girls, anyway) film franchises in history, but you’re playing a well-known fairytale character who is known to sing songs with woodland creatures and charm everyone she meets. And then there’s the added pressure of another Hollywood actress giving the same role a try a few months before your version hits theaters. Yep, if you were Kristen Stewart, you might even feel like you have something to prove.
But you’re not Kristen Stewart. Because Kristen Stewart is effing awesome and we’re standing three feet away from her in her trailer, along with a handful of other outlets, back in October somewhere outside of London on the set of Snow White And The Huntsman listening to her talk about the amazing character she’s created for the movie.
“It’s strange playing a character that you actually could never truly embody,” she said. “Her spirit affects people in such a way that — you know, I mean luckily our script is written that way, but I can’t have Snow White’s effect on people. I can’t actually be completely selfless because nobody is and it would be strange to claim that. You can only really play a character like that in a fairytale and play it with an awful load of integrity and not have it just be like a fake character in a movie with other people that do seem real. She’s very fully-formed but very farfetched-from-the-reality-that-we-live-in type of person. Everyone always thinks I just want to play strong characters, but she also is strong in a very different way that you’d expect the leading person in an action-type adventure movie to be.”
Well said, Kristen. Tell us more.
“Strength [of character], yeah, but also gusto,” she said. “I mean, like she’s strong. She can kick ass. It hurts very much to do so and so it’s not like you’re watching her go take down a kingdom. You’re not watching going, ‘Yeah! Kill him!’ Really, it’s more like you’re watching someone having to do something that doesn’t just go against your sensibilities or something that you agree with. It’s not real. It’s gutting. It’s physically gutting, literally.”
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