Today I wanted to write something nice…in defense of our dear friend Kristen Stewart. She gets a bad rap sometimes, and I am here to declare that I am, in fact, NOT a Kristen Stewart hater. A lot of people I know are, for various reasons, but I’ve decided I’m not one of them. At least not anymore…mere months ago I had the same feelings you might be feeling about her right now, but I’ve changed my mind and I’m asking you to give her a chance. Let’s jump in, shall we?
(NOTE: I decided the original draft that I wrote for this topic was not nice enough, so I had to kind of start over. I hope my love for her comes across a little better this time around.)
I’m going to start with her acting, because that’s what she does for a living. Or at least that’s what she’s getting paid for…oops, wait, I’m supposed to be nice here. (Sorry Kristen, but this is the part of you that I’m still not sold on.) I’ll admit I don’t have much to go on. I saw Panic Room a long time ago, the only thing I remember about her is that she had short hair like a boy and asthma. Obviously I’ve seen Twilight and I also saw Adventureland, and I’m sorry to say I’m just not impressed. She’s always making that same face, the same f-ing, fluttering-eyelid face in every scene and it drives me nuts. But let’s stop right there. Really, is this her fault? If she’s filming a scene and the director says, “Cut! Perfect! That was great, Kristen!” when it was, in fact, NOT AT ALL great, who is to blame? I say the blame goes to the director. (Catherine Hardwicke, I’m talking to you.) I’m really hoping that now with Weitz in her corner, she hits it out of the park in New Moon. It’s my favorite book and I would LOVE to see Kristen do an awesome job. I have high hopes. I’ll get back to you on that in November.
Moving on, next on our list of reasons people seem to dislike her is her extremely odd behaviour in any interview, public appearance, behind the scenes featurette, etc. This was my major issue originally because I thought she was thinking she was better than everybody else, and I was not down with that. But I think it’s just that her discomfort in interviews unfortunately often comes across as arrogance. It’s amazing how feeling shy and awkward look exactly the same as bitchy, don’t you think? For awhile I thought she was ungrateful, but the more I see of her, the more I’m convinced that she really is thankful for playing Bella and for the dedicated fans. And let’s be honest, if you were in her position, do you think you’d be all poised and confident? I sure know I wouldn’t. If anything, it’s kind of a relief to see her (and Rob, by the way) not really sure what to do with all this fame. If you think about it, being completely comfortable with all this attention from the media and those wacky fans would be SO weird. I know she doesn’t smile much, but I really think most of the time she’s just kind of in a bewildered sort-of daze. Also remember that she’s only nineteen! This is a lot to take in at her age.
Of course my favorite awkward-Kristen moment is at the recent 2009 MTV Movie Awards. This was the turning point for me. She wins Best Female Performance, give a touchingly gracious speech, and then is so overwhelmed with gratitude that she DROPS HER GOLDEN POPCORN!!! So. awesome. But the best part comes next, when she says, “So I was just about as awkward as you thought I was going to be! Bye!” And then runs off stage. You guys, she knows! She’s in on it! She understands that we all think she’s a weirdo! That makes it all okay! Poor girl. I wore a pair of Converse with a dress that next day as a sign of solidarity. (BTW, if wearing Chuck Taylors with dresses is wrong then I don’t want to be right. I’m just saying…)
I’m not going to talk about any of the druggie pictures, you can make up your own minds about that. And I’m not going to talk about all the “Rob and Kristen are in love” rumors either. If that’s really true and that’s what he wants, then so be it. (But for the record, I don’t think it’s true.) So why else do I love Kristen Stewart, you ask? Well, here’s a couple more reasons:
I LOVE her style. She’s young, she takes risks, and I like it. Her dress at the Twilight premiere was beautiful. I’m pretty impressed with her choices at every premiere or event. (I just went to Google and did an image search of “Kristen Stewart fashion” just to make sure that last statement was really true. It is. Oh, and PS, amongst these pictures I saw a few of her smiling. So there.)
I also really enjoyed her contributions to the commentary on the Twilight dvd. Once I learned how to tune out Catherine’s whining, I found Kristen very charming. She was joking, laughing, embarrassed at herself, making fun of Rob…not at all like the person I thought she was. I think this is one of the few times we get a chance to see (or hear, I guess) what she’s really like. When she’s not surrounded by cameras or screaming girls.
The point of these ramblings is to basically ask that if you are a Kristen-hater, take a minute or two and put yourself in her position. It’s not easy being Bella, so try and give her a break. I don’t think she’s the jerkface you may think she is. And if you already love Kristen, well done! I’m very happy to make the switch over to Team Kristen and I look forward to a long and happy life together with you all. Once again, thanks for reading!
**This post is dedicated to one friend in particular, you know who you are, so I hope you were paying attention!
UPDATE: I wrote this quite a long time ago, if you want my more updated opinion on Kristen, go here!