It had just started to rain as I pulled up outside the Chanel office on rue Cambon. I was there to meet Kristen Stewart who was in town for a few days after wrapping on her latest collaboration with director Olivier Assayas. We’d planned to meet after her morning appointment and then go in search of lunch. Heading north, we ended up in a quiet corner of the Rose Bakery in the 9th arrondissement. One of the first things that hit me, sitting across from Stewart as we began to talk, was her total focus. It’s that grounded presence that is so evident in much of her work to date – that impulsive energy that weaves throughout her performances, keeping each moment alive with a sense of spontaneity and the rare ability to reveal a human truth in front of the camera. If she had stopped after the multi-film franchise, which brought her to the world stage, she would have already achieved a career that many actors spend a lifetime striving for, but to Stewart, she was just beginning.
Over the past few years she’s built an impressive body of work, proving a talent and conviction that sets her apart from many of her contemporaries. It’s no wonder her magnetic portrayal of Valentine in Clouds of Sils Maria has earned her best actress trophies from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the César awards, sending the words “Oscar nomination” humming through the echo chambers of Hollywood. Characteristically focused on journey over destination, Stewart is taking this all in her stride. With several projects in the pipeline, including films with Woody Allen, Ang Lee and Kelly Reichardt along with an eye on stepping behind the camera herself, 2016 looks set to be another busy year for Stewart.
“I know when I meet someone if we’re gonna jive and dance. And I do not want to construct anything with anyone. I wanna fuckin’ dance.” – Kristen Stewart
“People who are interested in selling a life as if it's a comic book story? It's just money, money, money, money. It's just bullshit distraction, and a lot of people make a lot of money on that, because we wanna get distracted.” – Kristen Stewart
“I wish I could dance like nobody was watching. I danced the other night and it felt so fuckin’ good. And it’s so not like me. I envy people like that so much. I’m pretty physical, but I really need to let myself go. Honestly, I just wish I could fuckin’ dance more. That’s all.”– Kristen Stewart
“I fuck up a lot. But it never stops. The work never stops. 'One more time with feeling. Do it again, do it again. Oh, you think you fucked up? You don't think that was good enough? Sweet, do it again, do it again, do it again.'” – Kristen Stewart
Hair Shon at Julian Watson Agency using L’ORÉAL PROFESSIONNEL; Make-up Peter Philips at Art + Commerce; Set design Jean-Hugues de Châtillon; Manicure Hiro Takabayashi at Jed Root; Photographic assistants Mélanie Rey, Arthur Ancelot, Barbara Marangon; Digital tech Antonio Pizzichino; Styling assistants Jayme Miller, Samia Giobellina, Adonis Kentros; Hair assistant Ryuta Saiga. Make-up assistant Estelle Jaillet; Production PRODn Paris; Executive production Jill Caytan; Production Miren Lasa
The full version of this article appears in the S/S16 edition of AnOther Magazine.