If you were in any doubt as to where Kristen Stewart's loyalties lie on the indie-blockbuster spectrum, don't worry - the actress has done her best to lay that doubt to rest.
Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, Stewart discussed her upcoming film The Clouds of Sils Maria - and in the process laid into "the Hollywood machine".
With the film itself being seen by many as a scathing examination of celebrity culture, Stewart's role as the personal assistant to a famous actress (Juliette Binoche) struggling with the industry after reaching her forties is - as well as being highly praised - a focal point for the film's feelings towards the media:
“The reason this movie was made was not to make a statement about how superficial media can be, but it was a lot of fun for me to be the one to say it. Obviously, I’ve had more experience with the media, so it makes it funnier...I don’t a have a personal assistant right now, but I have had one in the past and I definitely understand the dynamic. The difference is that I never had such a co-dependent relationship.”
She clearly holds strong feelings about Hollywood herself, though:
“When I take on a role, I really like to think, and I do not care what people think about them afterwards. I really want the experience. I think a lot of actors—not good ones—are just product oriented, as is the business.”
Some - though not all - of it negative:
“American movies are so packaged and delivered...They think for you. Like the stories in the tabloids—they’re so easily consumable. But that said, I love big American movies—they’re my foundation, what I grew up on—and I still want to do them.”
How the producers of Hollywood's biggest franchises will look at her mixed feelings remains to be seen - but it's good to see such a complex and intelligent response to the problem of fame - and another young megastar making such challenging films as [Clouds of Sils Maria](movie:902082).
Is it too soon to start calling Stewart and Pattinson the Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy of the 21st Century?