Kristen Stewart Interview Magazine interview by Actor Dennis Hopper

Kristen Stewart: 'I Feel Like I Really Know Bella Now'

Actress Kristen Stewart chats with iconic actor, Dennis Hopper, about 'Twilight,' dealing with fame and more

By Dennis Hopper
Interview Magazine

The first decade of the 21st century, which is about to draw to a close, is in serious danger of being remembered as the time when fame was measured in pokes, tweets, and the ability to parlay a death-defying (and sometimes not so death-defying) degree of persona recklessness into a reality-television deal. But just as the door was about to slam shut on the double aughts, in walks—or, more appropriately, saunters — Kristen Stewart.

At 19, Stewart has already earned a place in the annals of pop-culture history. This is due to her starring role in "Twilight," which — in case you've somehow managed to elude word of its all-encompassing death grip on young America — is a film based on the first in a series of very popular books about vampires, werewolves, and teenage life in the town of Forks, Washington. Stewart's character, Bella Swan, is a newcomer to Forks who is forced to cope with the dueling pressures of starting life at a new school and the fact that her prospective boyfriend, the rakish Edward Cullen (played by the rakish Robert Pattinson), is a 104-year-old undead bloodsucker.

Given the preoccupation of "Twilight" with the timeless themes of misunderstood youth, troubled young love, and the intervening forces of darkness, the film's success isn't all that surprising. (To date, it has grossed more than $380 million worldwide.) Nor is the fact that more "Twilights" are in the offing: A second installment, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," hits theaters in November, and a third, "Eclipse," is due out next year. But the growing size and complexity of the Twilight machine has had some unavoidable implications:

In the last 12 months, Stewart has become a tabloid regular and a blog-stalked cynosure. The fact that her Twilight character is romantically linked to Pattinson's in the film has also fueled nonstop speculation that they are involved in real life. BUYING A HOUSE? and GETTING MARRIED? were just a couple of the early autumn headlines. Between filming Twilight sequels, Stewart did a turn as Joan Jett in Floria Sigismondi's new rock-band biopic "The Runaways"; even her hair for the film—which was chopped and dyed to mimic Jett's late-'70s shag—inspired reams of media critique.

Stewart grew up in Los Angeles in a Hollywood family of sorts — her mother is a script supervisor, and her father is a stage manager—and as a kid announced her interest in working in front of the camera. Her second film, David Fincher's 2002 thriller, "Panic Room," in which she played Jodie Foster's too-quick, too-wise, too-over-it daughter, proved an early indicator of her ability to play young, smart, but not precocious. Her performance in more left-of-center projects such as Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" (2007) and this year's "Adventureland" has only reinforced that notion. But if there's a thread that runs through her relatively small body of work, it's one that's closely connected to the idea that you don't have to be old to have soul. With Stewart, you don't get 19-going-on-35. What you do get is a visceral window into what it means to be young and struggling to make sense of your own life and the world around you—and all the alternating waves of darkness and confusion and brightness and possibility that come with that. In many ways, it's the unwritten nature of Stewart's own story now, with its surreal subplots and recent twists and turns, that makes her compelling to watch. It's true that she might very well be a rebel anodyne to many of her bleached and sprayed-on contemporaries. Or, like Bella Swan, she might just be someone who comes from somewhere, found her way into something exceptional, and is on her way to someplace else. Either way, she's got a solid arc.

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In celebration of Interview's 40th anniversary, we asked actor, director, writer, and photographer Dennis Hopper — whose connection to the magazine reaches across all fourdecades—to handle the interviewing duties for this cover story. He graciously obliged. He spoke to Stewart, who was shooting "Eclipse" in Vancouver, from the set of his cable series, "Crash," in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

DENNIS HOPPER: So how are you doing?

KRISTEN STEWART: I'm pretty good. I'm not very good at interviews, but this is a trip. Why in god's name did you want to do this? You have no idea how cool this is for me.

Well, you're a really good actress. And my daughter is your biggest fan, so I thought, What the hell? [laughs] I usually don't do this, either. But you must be going through a lot right now, the way "Twilight" is hitting. You must have no peace at all.

The sad thing is that I feel so boring because "Twilight" is literally how every conversation I have these days begins — whether it's someone I'm meeting for the first time or someone I just haven't seen in a while. The first thing I want to say to them is, "It's insane! And, as a person, I can't do anything!" But then I think to myself, God damn it, shut the f--- up.

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