ByElle McFarlane, writer at
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

Transforming from angsty vamp in the Twilight Series to public enemy no.1 for, according to Donald Trump, "cheating on Robert Pattison like a dog," becoming the darling of art house cinema before certifying herself as a gay icon, Kristen Stewart has achieved a lot in her 26 years.

Recently finding new fans through hosting SNL where she told Trump she was "so gay, dude," as well as starring in Certain Women, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and playing the lead in Personal Shopper, there's no stopping the powerhouse that is K-Stew at the moment. Now opening up in a new interview with The Times, she's revealed that she seeks danger in the roles she choses, that she never hid her sexuality and that she's currently feeling very comfortable in her own skin.

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Kristen Enjoys That 'Twilight' Polarizes Fans & Critics

Twilight [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
Twilight [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

When talking about the aftermath of filming the Twlilight movies, has a surprisingly philosophical approach to the deluge of hate she received both while she was dating Robert Pattison, and after their breakup:

“Every step turns you into the person you are, and yeah, [Twilight] shaped me enormously. Not just those movies, but the subsequent effect."

Speaking directly about the fact that critics famously panned the Twilight movies, Kirsten took the negative reviews in her stride, stating that she'd have to have a really big ego to get upset about it:

“I don’t view the whole Twilight blow-up as being generally traumatic. It would take someone with a really unhealthy amount of ego to be upset that everyone doesn’t love them. It would be silly to say I don’t care what people think of my work and who I am, but stuff is polarizing, period."

'I Want To Push Myself...I'm An Extreme Person'

If there's one thing K-Stew is renowned for it, it's practicing what she preaches. Leaping from Hollywood blockbusters to avant-garde feature films and even her own directorial debut short, Come Swim, Kristen doesn't like to play it safe, instead opting to scare herself in new, unknown situations:

“I want to push myself. In my life, when I’m emotional about something, I’m an extreme person. Subtlety is not my go-to. I just don’t want to fake anything, but the best opportunities for me are whenever I feel a little bit scared.”

On Being Gay: 'I Was Never Hiding Anything'

When asked why she is now so open about her love life whereas before, with Robert Pattison, she was so fiercely private, K-Stew stated she "wasn't hiding anything," she hated that their relationship was very much public property, but eventually she saw that the public gaze gave her a unique opportunity:

"I hated that details of my life were being turned into a commodity and peddled around the world. But considering I had so many eyes on me, I suddenly realised [my private life] affects a greater number of people than just me. It was an opportunity to surrender a bit of what was mine, to make even one other person feel good about themselves."

However, given that she has now come out as gay, there is a different sense of responsibility to making her private life more visible in the public eye and going someway to furthering the narrative of normalising LGBT relationships:

“If it didn’t seem like a relevant topic, like something that needed help, I would have kept my life private for ever."


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