If anyone knows what it is like to be thrust into the spotlight, it’s Kristen Stewart. Yes, Stewart had had several acting gigs before, but it wasn’t until Twilight came out in 2008 that she became a household name. Now, Stewart, who was nowhere near prepared for her quick rise to fame, is sharing some advice to British newcomer Daisy Ridley, the female star of the hit film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
During an interview on the Awards Chatter podcast published on Monday, December 28, Stewart talked about the success of her new film Clouds of Sils Maria, which was released by Sundance Selects on April 10, 2015, in which she played the part of a movie star’s assistant.
“As somebody who’s dealt with the more absurd, really surreal, oftentimes insanely superficial, empty circus of what the media can be — and perception versus reality — I thought it was really funny and appropriate for me to play that part,” Stewart said. “There was just nobody who could say those things with more knowing, and people know that. I wanted those words in my mouth.”
Stewart’s role in the film led her to become the first American actress to win a Cesar Award. She also was chosen as the year’s best supporting actress by the New York Film Critics Circle and Boston Society of Film Critics for her portrayal of the character. Kristin Stewart has had an unbelievably successful career, to say the least. Although her role as Bella Swan in Twilight kicked it off, it has been Stewart who has kept her career in motion ever since.
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“I did Twilight when I was 17, it came out when I was 18 and my life was never even remotely the same,” she said, admitting that she wasn’t prepared for the lifestyle change but doesn’t regret her decision to accept the role of a lifetime. “A whole lot of other baggage — really heavy and really cool baggage — came along with it.”
Unlike other celebrities, Stewart says she doesn’t feed into the whole social media thing. She doesn’t have public social media pages and prefers not to share every last detail of her life with the public. Rather, she keeps her personal life personal.
“I’ve never fed into it,” she said. “I’ve never had a public Twitter, I’ve never had a public Facebook or things where people go on and look at your every move, like Instagram and stuff like that, because it’s just so empty and distracting.”
“I don’t understand how so many people don’t view it as what it is, which is nothing at all. It’s just nothing, all of it — it doesn’t exist,” she continued.
Kristen Stewart shares encouraging words of wisdom on navigating spotlight to Daisy Ridley https://t.co/zpiCRofSn6
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Because of her real-life experiences in the entertainment industry, there was no one more fitting to offer advice to Daisy Ridley than Kristen Stewart.
“Focus on the fact that you’re stoked ’cause you’re doing the work that you want to do,” Stewart shared. “It’s literally mainly just about focusing on what makes you happy. And if losing your anonymity or whatever doesn’t make you happy, then focus on something else.”
Daisy Ridley plays the part of Jedi Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened in theaters earlier this month, shattering box office records and earning $238 million in North America during opening weekend.
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