All-time boss lady Patti Smith sat down with Kristen Stewart for Interview's spring fashion issue. Honestly, you should probably read this thing in its entirety, because it's great.
While mutually fangirling (fanwomaning?) throughout, the iconic punk rocker and the 24-year-old actress — who was already starring alongside Jodie Foster in Panic Room at age 10, NBD — discuss the pitfalls of youthful success, the value of naturalism in performance, and the pressure of "Hollywood expectations."
Stewart is, of course, best known for starring as Bella Swan in the five-movie teen fantasy megaseries Twilight. It was no doubt a career-making role, but one for which she's nevertheless taken a lot of flack:
I'm always asked about what type of things I want to do, and if I make decisions based on my last project. Say I do a big franchise movie about a vampire that falls in love with a normal girl. It's like, "Now do you want to show them that you can be a real, serious actor?" It's like, "Was I not being a real, serious actor?"
You have to wonder: How many young male stars get their careers armchair-quarterbacked like this — or are, on some level, expected to be embarrassed — after taking part in a wildly successful, mindlessly entertaining popcorn movie? And no, Birdman doesn't count.
Stewart, by the way, recently became the first American actress in 30 years to be nominated for a César Award (the French Oscars) for her supporting turn in Clouds of Sils Maria. And Twilight, by the way, made three billion fucking dollars.
But three billion dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? Kristen Stewart. She adds:
Anybody who wants to talk shit about Twilight, I completely get it, but there's something there that I'm endlessly, and to this day, fucking proud of. My memory of it felt — still feels — really good.
Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.