New pic and interview ~ Kristen Stewart interview with LA Times

LA Times Reports:

For once, Kristen Stewart seemed at ease.

The 20-year-old "Twilight" star was enjoying a rare moment of anonymity at one of her favorite restaurants, a rustic hideaway shrouded by a canopy of ferns, perched alongside a twisty road in Topanga Canyon. Notices for a local farmers market, a childbirth preparation class and a 70th birthday celebration for John Lennon decorated the haunt's bulletin board.

A few honeybees circled the veggie burger on her plate as she chatted about playing a teenage runaway-turned-stripper in her latest film, "Welcome to the Rileys," a drama coming to theaters Friday. She wasn't running her hands through her hair, or incessantly shaking her leg, or stuttering as she tried to express herself — all of the characteristic nervous tics she's often displayed in public since the first "Twilight" film rocketed her into a frightening orbit of celebrity two years ago.

Then, suddenly, her face fell. A stranger was timidly inching over to her table.

"Could I take a picture for my girlfriend in Thailand?" the man, who appeared to be in his 30s, asked.
"She's a great-looking girl. I just recently got into your movies with her. Is that cool?"

Stewart paused, her left leg slowly beginning to bounce. "Yeah," she sighed. "Yeah, sure." She posed for a photo with the interloper.

Oblivious to her agitation, he lingered. "What's your name again? Kristen, right? Want me to show you my girl?" he asked, beginning to flip through images on his digital camera.
"Just for her to know that I picked up breakfast at your restaurant. You know, we're the type of people that don't get out much."

Finally, he retreated. Stewart pulled the hood of her black sweatshirt over her head.

"It's strange when you become a novelty," she said, slouching down into her seat. "It's sort of like, 'Yeah, sure. Go put this on your Facebook so your friends can laugh at it.' Because that's what they will do. And I usually say no to people like that, when they're like, 'Yo, yo, can I get a picture of you?' And it's like, 'No, … you,' '' she said, interjecting an obscenity.
"That's what I'm thinking."

Stewart, it's clear, is still grappling with fame, which came at her hard and fast when at age 17 she took on the role of Bella Swan in the "Twilight" vampire franchise, whose fourth installment begins production next month. She's always trailed by paparazzi. A frenzy breaks out whenever she's spotted off-set with "Twilight" co-star Robert Pattinson; tabloids speculate breathlessly about their personal lives.

(One celebrity website, for example, recently gushed about its "exclusive new details" on the pair's visit to a Play N Trade video game store in Prairieville, La., where they are preparing to film the first part of "Breaking Dawn." If you must know, they reportedly bought the game "Fallout: New Vegas.")

Unlike other young stars like Justin Bieber or Lindsay Lohan, who seem to relish sharing tidbits about their lives with fans on social networking sites like Twitter, Stewart has strenuously resisted constant demands to divulge more of herself to the public.

In past interviews, she's displayed a penchant for stuttering and eye rolling, consequently developing a reputation for being sullen, or awkward. During a 2008 interview with David Letterman, she self-consciously referred to herself as "actually really boring."

"I don't have a personality fit for television. I just don't," she admitted, sounding genuinely friendly. "
Even when I really feel like I've had fun with something and been totally fine and we talked about stuff that I thought was interesting — even then. I don't know. It's getting easier. It used to be a lot worse. And it's totally my fault, too. I guess I just put too much pressure on myself before, and it showed."

Though she started acting half a lifetime ago — garnering early acclaim from the likes of Jodie Foster, who co-starred with her in 2002's "Panic Room," and Sean Penn, who directed her in 2007's "Into the Wild" — Stewart says she's been unable to nail a performance as a carefree, charming or cute interview subject, because that's simply not who she is.

Sixteen-year-old Dakota Fanning, who costarred with Stewart in "The Runaways" this year, picked up on her uneasiness during the film's media tour.

"I think that her being uncomfortable doing interviews — Kristen is exactly who she is. It's something that I admire her for," Fanning said. "When she's doing an interview, she really thinks about what she's saying. She's a truthful, honest person, and wants that to come across so badly."

Things got so bad, her team sent her to media training.

"Basically, they told me that I should be ready for any question that's thrown at me, and I should have a stock answer, because then it won't confuse things and you'll never be caught off guard," she recalled.
"And there's no way to do that. There's no way to be prepared for a conversation with someone you don't know about something that means the world to you."

Full interview at


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Comment by JoS on October 27, 2010 at 1:41pm
love the picture, love that she's so honest and doesn't try to be someone that she's not....great her
Comment by Magdalene on October 27, 2010 at 1:43pm
I love her eyes
Comment by ivy on October 27, 2010 at 2:46pm
That's a great interview... but I'm so sad now...
Ok, it's nice to see pics of her with her fans, just to make sure that she is ok...
But on the other hand, if I 'm so lucky to meet her sometime, I would just want to say to me " Hi ". No pics, no videos.

Just " Hi ".
Comment by Katina Mae on October 27, 2010 at 3:36pm
She looks amazing in that picture!
Comment by Carmen Rohde on October 27, 2010 at 6:20pm
The photo is beautiful. I like seeing Kristen on the shows doing interviews. I love reading about her and her pictures. But I truly understand that she and every other celebrity is entitled to a normal life when they are not working. I think that if I ever saw her in person in a private situation that I would relish the moment but I could never interfere, not only for altruistic reasons but also because I would be so nervous that I would probably be afraid of saying something totally lame. I love the fact that she sticks to her principles and that she doesn't want to compromise her integrity.
Comment by sandra jones on October 27, 2010 at 10:36pm
I agree with Ivy as well. If i ever have the privilege of meeting Kristen out and about I would say hello and respect her space and privacy. I've already decided that i would never twitter her whereabouts or take pictures of her and post them. Of course i would let you guys know how cool she is because you guys love her as much as i do!!!She shares enough of herself at fan events and premieres. Some people don't know how to respect boundaries.
Comment by robsten42 on October 27, 2010 at 10:47pm
WOW...ivy and sandra jones I totally agree. I wish both of your posts could some how be sent to Kristen, I think she would really appreciate them. And just let me say I am so happy to have not seen any photos of Kristen (or Rob) in Loisiana because that means they are probably having a great time together and enjoying some well deserved privacy.
Comment by wig4rob on October 27, 2010 at 11:40pm
God, I wish people could have some sense to not interrupt people, especially with family or having a meal, for their own gratification to have a picture or autograph. GGRRRRRR!!! Honestly, I don't know how she didn't tell the guy to "pound sand", that was very gracious of her. And...I love that she's not a "cookie cutter" celeb, I love her just the way she is!
Comment by sandra jones on October 28, 2010 at 1:24am
Thanks robsten42!
Comment by Eclipse on October 28, 2010 at 4:12am
She's f****** amazing...I LOOOVEEE Kristen! I love the fact that she is so human and isn't a 'hollywood type'..she is true to herself..what more can you ask of a talented human being.


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