Kristen Stewart: Don’t Call My Characters “Strong Girls”
Kristen Stewart is known for playing fierce and feisty women in female-centered films, but don't tell her that. The Twilight star recently sat down for an interview with Interview Magazine, where she opens up about what being a woman in Hollywood is like, and why she doesn't like having all of her roles pegged as "strong girls."
"I have this weird aversion to people going, 'It's a nice, strong female movie. It's really strong. Are you trying to do stuff like that?'" Kristen says of her newest film, Snow White and the Huntsman. "I get asked that constantly."
She doesn't like those constant questions because she feels like they eventually start to devalue her work. "It's almost like you're kind of discrediting the strength by saying, 'Strong girl, strong girl.' It's like, 'She's just a strong person.'" Kristen adds that she doesn't "really know how to address" the "whole women thing," because "these characters are all just people."
She also talks about working with a wide range of female directors, noting that "it's hard to generalize about that subject because the women I've worked with have all been so different ... women can be more emotional — at least they sometimes show it more."
Don't get all up in arms about stereotypes, though. Kristen is actually making a more nuanced point. It's not that women as a gender are inherently more emotional — "in personal conversations between director and actor, the male directors that I've worked with are just as emotional," she explains — but that the dynamic is different in larger group settings.
She also says she finds herself moderating her own reactions because "sometimes as a woman you have to be a little bit careful about how things come out because people don't really want to listen if it's in a certain emotional tone or too strong."
We love that Kristen is willing to speak honestly about gender dynamics in Hollywood. For much more from her, read the full interview here.