Kristen Stewart Is Baffled Why Anyone Wouldn’t Agree With Feminism

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Forget everything you know about actress Kristen Stewart. Forget the controversy that surrounded her and ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ director Rupert Sanders, forget her relationship with her ‘Twilight’ co-star Robert Pattinson, and forget everything you read in the tabloids.

We gotta say two years away from the media spotlight did this talented woman a world of good. She is still the same person, mind you, but there is fresh perspective surrounding her, something which only time can do. She was often referred to as the non-smiling, moody, entitled girl who became a household name playing Bella Swan in the ‘Twilight’ movie franchise. But now the A-lister is back, playing a decidedly different role, in a film that has a very modest budget compared to the blockbusters she was known for in the past.

She plays an Army gal stationed in Guantanamo Bay detention center soon after 9/11. The film explores how she goes from a young woman following the rules of the military, to understand and putting a face to these so-called terrorists who are housed her. Not only does the film touch on a controversial topic, but her character, not unlike that of Michelle Monaghan in ‘Fort Bliss‘ (which was also shot on a shoe-string budget and sees her playing a woman in the military) is a complex woman dealing with social issues not often talked about in society. These are the roles we need to see more of, and Kristen understands that, as she explains in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Kristen says the questions about a female actress playing a “complex character” mostly only appearing in indie films seem cliched, but that’s because it is true. She discussed this with her friend and French actress Juliette Binoche who can’t understand why it is such a big deal.

In France the male directors have a history of telling female-centric stories because of their love-affairs with leading actresses.

“In America, there are way more male filmmakers than female ones, and they want to tell more masculine stories. Most of our great films that we’re proud of, you’ve got Bob De Niro, Jack Nicholson, and the bravado is overwhelming. And that’s still going on. I read a million scripts and people say I choose my scripts carefully, but it’s just so obvious when the role is different, and complex, and not some typical, archetypal girl, because they’re so rare. Not to sound cliché, but it’s a male-dominated and driven business.”

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TDB also pointed out how women have less opportunities than men in Hollywood period. Case in point, director Catherine Hardwicke who helmed the first ‘Twilight’ movie then got the shaft in favor of David Slade, Bill Condon and Chris Weitz.

“That’s a thing that women have to do—you must persevere. That’s what we’ve been doing. You need to make something that’s undeniably good. If a woman makes a bad movie, or does something stupid, then the door just slams shut. It’s f****d up.”

Kristen was asked about her views on feminism, given the current climate where many young female actors are being asked about their stance. There are a handful of female celebs who choose not to identify with the term (most notably Shailene Woodley, Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson) as if it is some extreme, “dirty” word.

“That’s such a strange thing to say, isn’t it? 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.’ 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,” she said.

“But that being said, it’s a really ridiculous thing to say you’re not a feminist.”

Exactly! Look out world, K-Stew is back, and she’s better than ever before! Watch the ‘Camp X-Ray’ trailer below, it will give you chills.


 

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