Kristen Stewart Has Her ‘Cake’16 Mar, 2009 By: Billy Gil
Kristen Stewart has had more than her fair share of unwanted publicity in the past four months since Twilight hit theaters: Did she and co-star Robert Pattinson date? And what’s the deal with that Nylon interview that got Twilight fans in such a twitter (or Twittering, rather)?
Home Media Magazine just wanted to talk to Stewart about her new film The Cake Eaters, coming to DVD March 24 at $22.98, from Screen Media and Universal Studios Home Entertainment, the directorial debut of actress Mary Stuart Masterson (a role model, Stewart says) in which Stewart stars as terminally ill Georgia Kaminski, who falls in love with a boy named Beagle.
And, OK, a little bit about Twilight …
HM: Was the role of Georgia one of the more challenging roles you’ve played?
Stewart: Yeah, not just because of the physical feat. You can kind of make your best impression … but you can’t even remotely know what it’s like for them. Definitely it was one of the harder roles just because it’s sad; it’s difficult to think about something like that for a month.
HM: We can’t ignore you have a legion of fans in part spurred by Twilight. What can they expect out of The Cake Eaters?
Stewart: It’s very different, but it’s still a very character-driven movie. I feel like Twilight, even though it’s this big movie, I still feel like there’s a quaintness about it, and Cake Eaters has that as well. They shouldn’t expect a romp. … It’s a family drama about a girl who has astounding, baffling strength. It’s not at all preachy. It’s not your typical disease-of-the-week movie. It’s a very real story about two families that are sort of involved with one another.
HM: What did The Cake Eaters mean to you?
Stewart: You have a group of people who are facing immense loss and grief. They still find it in themselves to be courageous enough to fall in love. … It’s about living in the moment, even if everything around you seems like it just sucks.
HM: It has some similarities to Twilight, when you bear it down to its core of two people falling in love against tough odds.
Stewart: I didn’t think about it while accepting the role, but … most written dramatic love stories are typically in the face of adversity. You just have to be selfish and do what makes you happy.
At the same time, the really remarkable thing about this character is that she’s in a position where everyone around her is inflicting their own negative ideas about how her life might be, but she’s perfectly fine. She has come to terms with it, and she doesn’t even resent the people around her for being negative about her life. She’s like at 15 what she would be like at 30. These kids really do live an accelerated version of life because they’re very much stuck in their own heads, so they have a lot of time to come to terms with sh*t, you know?
HM: Can you talk about the Twilight sequel New Moon and some of your other projects?
Stewart: Right after New Moon, I’ll be doing this movie called The Runaways. I’m going to be playing Joan Jett. That’s going to be a big rehearsal process. I mean I can play guitar, but I can play guitar like how I play guitar, I can’t play guitar how she does. She’s quite distinct. And Dakota Fanning (who co-stars in New Moon) just signed on.
This movie makes me vibrate, I’m so excited. I have the same feeling before any movie I do. I have like a sense of responsibility. … But this is really just like the coolest, most fun project I’ve ever had anything to do with. Mine are usually much heavier. And it’s a heavy movie, but at the same time, it’s just f*cking cool.
HM: This is another beloved person or character you’re portraying (in addition to Twilight’s Bella). Do you look for that kind of challenge?
Stewart: I definitely look for things that I have to dig deep for, but before I did Twilight, I knew that it had a devoted fanbase, but I thought it was rather exclusive. I didn’t think it was so vast. I subsequently found out what a big deal this part was, and that I was in control of a lot of people’s emotional states Nov. 21. That really affected me. I cared, I didn’t want it to just blow up in my face.
But the Joan thing is sort of undeniable. Any time you play a real person — or even in the case of The Cake Eaters — any time you play something that’s so personally real for someone, and you don’t know anything about it, and you’re just stepping in, just, like, oh, I’m the actor who’s going to play you, you have to take it more seriously. You’re not creating an original work of art, you’re trying to do justice to something that is more important than you being an actor. So I don’t look for it, but I do like it. It’s a challenge.