You may think I’m crazy, and that’s fine. Indulge me by hearing me out. Then you can share all the outraged comments you’d like. Or anything else. Here are, summed up, the 4 main reasons I think instead of being decried as an angst-ridden hack of an actress, Kristen Stewart should be celebrated as an alt-celeb badass who is one of the most promising actors of her generation.
She should be judged for the work that she should be getting all the attention for, including a terrific breakout performance in the small 2004 film Speak, and then her heartbreaking turn in Into the Wild. She gives one of the performances that make that film, which many considered among the best of the year. If she wasn’t the girl from Twilight now, she’d probably be the girl from Into the Wild. Also Adventureland. This was a terribly underrated movie in 2009 and I suspect much of it was because people couldn’t get past the casting, including Stewart who now was a known commodity thanks to Twilight.
I get the people whose contentions essentially amount to “Why don’t you smile, sweetheart?” They’re just assholes. But people who are constantly complaining about the phoniness of Hollywood and how the whole industry operates on BS and vapid speech? As if everyone’s constantly selling something? K-Stew is the antidote to that, in the same way Jennifer Lawrence is. Both of them are refreshing.
Who else out there can mix the neuroses of Woody Allen with sexual adolescent girl angst? I haven’t seen anyone else match the awkwardness of Jesse Eisenberg with the weird confidence of Julia Roberts. Aside from someone who can deadpan as hilariously as Aubrey Plaza, there are very few young actresses who can stray from the molds of bubbly, cheery, smile for the camera Madonna (that is, virginal) figure or steamy seductress vamp.
More young actors like Stewart, who don’t fit easily into any mold, facilitate these increasingly rich roles for young women. It’s not much easier for young men, granted, but damn.
I think it’s because she has such limited skills in expressing herself when talking to people—an issue plenty of us can relate to—that Kristen Stewart so earnestly wants to express herself by acting. This is common for people in artistic fields; they’ll sound completely incoherent when operating in the medium of conversation and interview, but when they’re in their chosen element, whatever medium that may be, they’re clearer than they could ever be trying to explain themselves. So Stewart seems like she needs acting to do this, in a way.