Gandolfini, Stewart, Leo, writer Ken Hixon and producer Michael Costigan took to the front of the theater to discuss the origins of the
film. Naturally, Stewart received the bulk of the questions, being asked
in particular about playing a role so different than her most famous
creation in "Twilight."
Stewart admitted that she wasn't necessarily afraid of playing a stripper, but "I was terrified because
it was written really well" and expressed pride in learning some of the
film's stripper moves, though mostly they happened off-camera. "The
silhouette in the beginning?" Stewart rhetorically asked almost giddily,
"Thanks. That's me."
Saying she would "jump off a bridge" for director Jake Scott, Stewart found talking to the working women of the Dixie Divas strip club in New
Orleans where the film was shot was key to finding her character,
noticing the many lost women like the one she played with "dead eyes"
and "open wounds." When prodded by an audience member, Gandolfini
confirmed that the toughest scene in the film for him to shoot was a
scene where Stewart is particularly vulnerable in the lot of a motel
parking lot. Gandolfini said, turning to Stewart, "I remember that was a
long evening because you had to fall apart so many times."
Stewart lightened the mood when asked about whether she had any issue with some of the tough language her character uses, confessing that
during a scene where the character gets a urinary tract infection, she
"felt really weird saying 'p****'" in front of Leo.
In order to achieve the perfect pitch for the scene, Leo improvised off-camera, saying "make pee pee," a comment that somehow gave Stewart
the inspiration to carry on, though she wondered whether Leo felt
strange about it. "I'm a mother, Kristen," Leo fired back, getting the
night's biggest laugh. "It's not weird to say 'make pee pee' for me."
On a more serious note, a fan pointed out that Stewart had said in previous interviews that her turn in "Welcome to the Rileys" was the
role she liked playing the most, a statement she clarified by saying,
"Maybe it just affected me the most...Sometimes you can leave s*** at
work or you can't." Of "Rileys," she said, "this is undeniably in you."
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