All eyes are on Kristen Stewart once again, as she breaks new ground with Equals and Cafe Society, which was both written and directed by Hollywood legend Woody Allen, but Stewart reveals that her experience with Woody wasn’t at all what she expected. Kristen reveals that she feared getting fired with her first day on the set of Cafe Society, all because she hadn’t expected Allen to be quite so bold with his opinions, though the Cafe Society actress says she quickly learned to appreciate Woody’s refreshingly honest approach to dealing with his actors.
Cafe Society Star Kristen Stewart Reveals Woody Allen Wasn’t Impressed
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Getting Woody Allen’s attention was the easy part, but, once she had it, Kristen Stewart revealed to New York Daily News that it was more than she had expected, because the Cafe Society writer and director never seemed quite satisfied with her appearance. What was worse, Woody wasn’t above embarrassing Stewart to drive his point home, says the actress.
“That first day, he would come up to me and say things like, ‘You look terrible. You’re supposed to be pretty,’” confessed Kristen.
Kristen decided that the best thing to do was to take the remarks in stride and to not let him see that she was bothered by the body shaming remarks. Stewart says she kept her complaints to herself and tried to see Allen’s harsh words as jokes, or, at least, as a litmus test to gauge the type of actress he had in Stewart.
“It’s not personal, and he’s not trying to offend,” Kristen says in trying to explain her understanding of Woody Allen’s personality. “He’s not the type of person who likes actors who are totally up their own a**es and have massive egos. I feel like it was almost a tool for him to go, ‘If they can take it, they’re cool. And if they can’t, then f*** it.”
While some actors refuse to work with Woody Allen, due to allegations of child sex abuse made concerning his then seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, Kristen takes a different approach to the director’s reputation. Earning Ronan Farrow’s scorn, Ms. Stewart points out that no one, aside from those involved, really knows what went on in Allen’s private life.
“If we were persecuted for the amount of s**t that’s been said about us that’s not true, our lives would be over,” says Ms. Stewart. “The experience of making the movie was so outside of that, it was fruitful for the two of us to go on with it.”
Kristen Stewart Compares Her Equals Character To Bella In Twilight
While the two film characters might be different in many ways, Kristen tells Entertainment Tonight that both Bella from Twilight and Nia from Equals share one thing in common, and that is their willingness to do anything for love. Stewart says that trait makes both characters “f***ing courageous” and she adds that their determination to fight for love is what has turned her on about each role.
“You’re emotional, you are completely raw and you are willing to give it all up for someone, and so it seems that maybe, like, you’re on bottom or something — like you are somehow giving yourself away — but really you are finding yourself in doing that,” says Kristen. “It’s bold to do that, it’s f***ing courageous to give yourself to someone like that.”
Ms. Stewart and her Equals co-star Nicholas Hoult had much to bond over, when they weren’t busy shooting scenes for the film, sharing war stories over their high-profile break-ups, Hoult from his X-Men: Apocalypse co-star Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen from Robert Pattinson. In fact, Stewart says the pair had some very enlightening conversations.
Even so, when it came time to film love scenes, which can be awkward for all involved, Stewart says it wasn’t that familiarity that made the sex scenes so much less awkward. For that, Kristen says it had more to do with the characters they were playing in Equals.
“There is something so pure about the elements of intimacy in this one — they’re doing and experiencing things for the very first time with no regard for any predisposed ideas of what that might mean,” Stewart says. “They are just very animalistic… like babies born into adult bodies. There was nothing embarrassing. It was all kind of, like, beautiful and pure.”
Cafe Society hits theaters on July 15.
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