Whether it’s her off screen mystery, the self-perpetuating rumour mill that follows her around despite her best efforts (well, maybe don’t have an affair with a married man if you want to keep a low profile) or her interesting choice of film roles, we’ve always been intrigued by Kristen Stewart. There’s just something about her. She doesn’t conform to what Hollywood expects of her, but at the same time, she isn’t exactly trying to be something else, she’s just being.
After a two year hiatus that centred around her high profile split with Robert Pattinson (she’s now said to be getting cosy with another foppishly British heartthrob, Nicholas Hoult), K-Stew is soon back on our screens in Camp X-Ray. Check out the trailer, we’ve got relatively high hopes. As part of the necessary press tours, Kristen has been busy getting her face back out there, hopeful that people will finally shut up about ‘the affair’.
While she may not have the most eloquent of deliveries, we have to give her props for staying true to what she thinks, answering questions as honestly as she can or is willing to, rather than spit out some bubblegum ‘I’d just like to thank my family’ garbage that other media trained robots can often do. Say what you like about her, she’s certainly refreshing.
During a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Kristen was asked about whether or not we’ll be seeing her engaged in any political activism. But K-Stew admits she’s no George Clooney.
“I don’t want to talk about that s–t at all. Trust me, I’m only asking for it. When it comes time to stand up and effect change, I’m not the type of person to shout from the rooftops. Just because you’re an actor and in the public eye, people think that’s how you must be. But there are other ways to do that. That’s not me.”
She makes a fair point.
In the same interview, Kristen shares a rather mixed view on feminism, but we (think) we get what she’s trying to say. We should all, as women, be concerned with equality, but we don’t necessarily need to go so far, screaming and shouting about it, to the point that it has an adverse effect and we wind up letting the side down.
On the subject of women of her generation not identifying with feminism, she says: “That’s such a strange thing to say, isn’t it? Like, what do you mean? Do you not believe in equality for men and women? I think it’s a response to overly-aggressive types. There are a lot of women who feel persecuted and go on about it, and I sometimes am like, ‘Honestly, just relax, because now you’re going in the other direction.’ Sometimes, the loudest voice in the room isn’t necessarily the one you should listen to. By our nature alone, think about what you’re saying and say it – but don’t scream in people’s faces, because then you’re discrediting us. Relating it to my one little avenue, people say, “If you want to make it in the film industry as a woman, you have to be a bitch.” No, you are going to ruin any chance you have and give us a bad name. It’s the overcompensation to where our generation goes, “Relax,” because it’s been easier for us, and because we don’t have as much of the anger, so it’s like we can’t get behind it and it’s a bit embarrassing. But that being said, it’s a really ridiculous thing to say you’re not a feminist.”