The world knows Kristen Stewart as the girl who got her “big break” with the teen-loving “Twilight” series alongside ex, Robert Pattinson.
Stewart is also quite famous for cheating on Pattinson with the director of her film, “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
And even though I find her hard to watch in some movies, the 26-year-old has one of the best resumes in Hollywood.
So even though her film, “Personal Shopper” was mainly booed by the Cannes film festival audience this week, Stewart really shouldn’t be too phased.. here’s why.
Starting her career as a child, she starred in movies like “Room” with Jodie Foster. Then moving into teen-romance film with five movies under her belt with the “Twilight” series, quickly moving on after the series ended in 2012. Stewart moved on to various roles such as starring alongside Julianne Moore in “Still Alice,” and comedies like “American Ultra” with Jesse Eisenberg. Broadening her horizons, K-Stew now seems to stray away from the norm of Hollywood actresses, and more towards her artistic capability as an actress (not something we hear everyday from the likes of the most famous actresses in Hollywood).
But it wasn’t until she starred in “Clouds of Sils Maria,” (directed by French director, Assayas) did Stewart start getting the international film recognition she would soon deserve. In 2015, she became the first American ever to win a Cesar, the French Oscar, for supporting actress for this film. In an interview with the L.A. Times, Stewart says even still to this day she still can’t believe it.
“It blew my head off, I couldn’t believe it,” Stewart remembers. “The fact that I’m not from here, it’s a fish-out-of-water story, for sure. And it speaks to what’s important here.
“In the States, we provide accolades for much more extreme performances: cancer movies, shaved heads, people who lose a whole bunch of weight or gain a whole bunch of weight…. What’s felt more than cinematic culture is [the] movie industry.
“Here,” she continues about French filmmaking, “they’ve stayed in touch with what we used to do in the 1970s: movies that provoke thought.”
With “Personal Shopper,” Stewart also starred in “Cafe Society.” This film premièred at Cannes last week and was directed by Woody Allen. Starring alongside Blake Lively and Jesse Eisenberg, Stewart proves she can do many different genres of film with these two movies.
What I am getting at is.. Kristen Stewart is the actress we need in Hollywood. Notice how I didn’t say the celebrity we need? I find that Stewart is so far from the norm, but focuses on what is really important for her as an actress, which is really what ACTRESSES should be doing. But instead, like she said above, films seem to only provide entertainment and nothing else. Shouldn’t we want actors to step out of their comfort zones of rom-coms and super-hero blockbusters? But, the problem with this? If you ask anyone who their favourite actress is, they probably aren’t going to say Kristen Stewart? Why? Because even though it would be nice to see actors do other things, that is just not where we are at as a society of movie-goers. Therefore, Stewart is just not getting the recognition she deserves due to the fact that no one really cares about artistic capability in acting. But, I mean I commend her for doing it anyway, for not caring what others think, but to do what you love.
The booing may be justified, but do not count out Kristen Stewart friends. I have a feeling she is stepping the right direction with her acting, but may be just a bit early on it.
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