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From Hollywood to Cannes, Kristen Stewart has worked hard to put some distance between her "Twilight" fame and the more serious dramatic projects she has been embracing since the vampire romance franchise ended.
Stewart, 24, who became a fan favorite among young adults alongside her then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson in the "Twilight" films where she played a teen girl smitten with a vampire, has turned to darker fare such as this year's Sundance film "Camp X-Ray," where she plays a prison guard at Guantanamo Bay.
In her latest movie "Clouds of Sils Maria," which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Stewart plays the personal assistant of an aging actress dealing with the challenges of the film industry's reaction to her getting older. The film also stars Juliette Binoche and Chloe Grace Moretz.
In an interview with Reuters, the actress opened up about her views on the fame game and dealing with perceptions.
Q: What drew you to "Clouds of Sils Maria"?
A: It happened to be the perfect project, timing-wise. Just my experience with my career, how it's gone - you know, "Twilight" blew up - I'm extremely famous. It's interesting for me to play an actress' assistant who then comments on that world and how it works and how superficial it can be.
Q: Working with a European writer-director on this film, was that a different mindset from working in America? Is there a freedom that comes from working in Europe that you might not get in Hollywood?
A: It's not absent in the States, but it's not prevalent to feel free within the film industry, to feel like you can say what you want to say, not with any concern about how people are going to react to it, whether you're going to piss them off.
So here, it seems like people are less afraid because again they're doing it for themselves. It's for the art of it. It's not to market things. It's just, it's a good feeling.
You know, to make a movie is so ridiculous. We're going to go film each other pretending to be other people so other people can watch us pretending to be other people? It's insane. But if it's worth it and it's saying something ... it can be transcendentally important.
Q: Is it difficult to remain yourself knowing the industry is pushing and pulling you this way and that, with the media often giving you a hard time regardless of what