Tuesday Tussle: Is Kristen Stewart The Hardest-Working Girl In Show Business?
9:45 am, November 20th | by Sarah Devlin
1. She has had to deal with a ton of scrutiny of her personal life during the Twilight franchise.
2. She’s had to deal with way harsher scrutiny than any of her costars.
3. She maybe possibly had to pretend to reconcile with the boyfirend she cheated on for the sake of the franchise.
Laura: Not to mention she’s only 22. She started the whole Twilight thing at age 18, and has been working in the business since childhood. I do think she works hard. She doesn’t get enough credit, either. A lot of people love to make fun of her for seeming sullen and petulant. They think she owes it to us to show some gratitude. I’m very pro-KStew.
Sarah: Well to be fair there’s something to be said for being professional. I’m pretty neutral, but I do think she’s been treated unfairly. Twilight made her a huuuuge star overnight.
Sarah: Do you think all of this has been worth it? Would you do it?
Laura: I would!. She’s also very wealthy. Maybe that makes me seem like a bad person, but I think I would do it for the financia. security. That said, I have no idea what her life is like, so I suppose I can’t really make an educated comment on that.
Sarah: Do you think her relationship with Robert Pattinson was/is real or PR-generated? FOLLOW UP: if your job entailed you pretending to be in a serious relationship with someone, would you do it?
Laura: I am sure it was real. BUT I do wonder whether they had to pretend to get back together for Breaking Dawn Part II promotional stuff. If my job entailed that, no, I would not accept the offer. I really do think they were actually in love. When you watch the movies you can tell.
Sarah: I just wonder what it’s like to have the lines between your personal life and work life basically not exist. The only other people I can think of that this has happened to are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and they only had to do one movie together!
Laura: Well, the circumstances were a little different. They fell in love when he had a lot at stake. I feel like their relationship was/is so highly publicized because of the circumstances, and how they got together.
Sarah: Right, but even though the circumstances are different the level of public interest in them is the same, but they only had to deal with doing press for a movie together once. K Stew and R Pattz have had to do FIVE — and she gets criticized way more harshly than he does.
Sarah: (Including by my dad, who totally hates her)
A lot of people do, irrationally. That’s why I was happy when Jodie Foster defended her. Must be a life of awkward moments.
Sarah: Why do you think she got so much of the blame for the director thing? To me it seemed like a case of “creepy older man uses his influence over much younger girl to do creepy stuff.”
Laura: Some people have argued that she should have restrained herself. I read somewhere that Jennifer Lawrence said she’d been hit on by many men of influence but declined the offers. It seems to be something many women in Hollywood face. And Kristen Stewart was blamed for submitting to it. At any rate, I am certain this happens a lot. Some women are just better at saying no. Kristen is young, so I am not necessarily surprised that she made a mistake. She can’t be on exceptional behavior 24/7.
Sarah: Well I also don’t think it was just on her to “say no”…it’s sad that it’s just accepted that older men will aggressively hit on much younger, vulnerable actresses, and it’s on them to “put a stop to it.”
Laura: Right? And [the director's] wife apparently blamed Stewart. Real mature.
Sarah: Blecch. I can’t really blame Kristen Stewart for not LOOOOVING the red carpet after that.
Well at any rate, at least Twilight is over.
Sarah: I take it you’re relieved?
Laura: Only for her! I loved the Twilight series.
Sarah: Ahh. I see. How do you think “On The Road” is going to do?
Laura: Who knows. Haven’t heard much about it; sounds like a flop. Not sure she could ever top Twilight.
Sarah: Well sure, probably not in box office, but in prestige? I think her best movies are ahead of her. I think of the three leads she has the best chance for a solid post-Twilight career. Taylor Lautner will never be as big of a star as he is now. I would not be surprised if Robert Pattinson continues trolling the press and ends up quitting acting altogether.
Laura: I think you’re right about her. The best has yet to come.
Sarah: Plus, her job will never be as hard as it is now.