Kristen's parents & many of her friends were seen tonight. :)
Kristen posed with Elvis Mitchell AND Suzie Rimer, who besides being Kristen's good friend, was Kristen's assistant on this movie & an extra in it. :)
Bad news, Film Independent say there're no videos from the Q&A at LACMA - but here's a
transcript of some Kristen's answers
FilmIndependent.org - “When I first read the script, I thought it was just hilarious,” said Kristen Stewart at last Friday’s Film Independent at LACMA screening of Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria.
The film follows Maria, an aging international film star—played by Juliette Binoche—who must return to the play that launched her career 20 years prior. This time, however, she’ll take on the role of the aging actress while a hot young Hollywood starlet, with the paparazzi at her heels, will play the part that made her a star.
“[Assayas] had no idea that he was going to cast me when he wrote the script,” said Stewart. “It was like really, perfectly appropriate. It added a lot of irony and weight to some of the words that I was saying.”
But in the film, Stewart doesn’t play the young star with the tabloids chasing her. (That would be Chloë Grace Moretz.) Instead, Stewart plays Valentine, Maria’s dedicated personal assistant.
“It was perfect for me assume that position of support,” said the 24-year-old actress, “because you couldn’t be so innately protective unless you had been through it.”
The role also allowed Stewart to offer commentary on her own celebrity. Throughout the film, Stewart gives Binoche updates on Moretz’s tabloid exploits. At one point, she even argues for why the scandal-plagued star matters as an artist, even though she’s making serialized Hollywood blockbusters aimed at pre-teens.
“Because I am so inside of it, I was like, ‘Yeah, it’s so true, it’s ridiculous. It’s hilarious,’” laughed Stewart. “Yet now I look at it, and I’m like ‘Wow… that’s actually quite heavy.”
Even while playing a personal assistant, Stewart said she brought a lot of herself to the role. “So far, I’ve played people that have been really not too outside of my own realm of understanding,” she said. “And so any affectation or trying to distance myself in a way that would show an audience it’s not me—It’s like, ‘No no, it is me. It is fully fucking 100 percent me.’”
Stewart said the immediacy of her approach came into play in working with Binoche.
“I didn’t want to rehearse with her. She was like wrestling me down to the ground to rehearse with her. And I was like, ‘No! Stay away from me.’”
“Is that because you want to save something for the floor and if you rehearse it too much, there’s nothing left?” asked Film Independent Curator Elvis Mitchell.
Stewart nodded. “I’m so scared of losing that. And I think as I get older, I realize that that fear is actually debilitating.” She continued: “Even if you say something once and you have this vague memory of a feeling, it doesn’t taint the one that might come later. Juliette has so much faith in that. And I’m like, ‘No, it has to be the one. It has to be the first time, and if it’s not the first time, then I don’t know what it is!’”
“I’m the most annoying person for a director to hire in the world,” she added, then arching her brow and becoming a director: “‘So we’re going to shoot it from over here now,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh really? I already did that.’”
Mitchell asked if the actress’ inclination toward doing it once and making it real has ever led her to think about theater. In response, Stewart just looked out to the audience with a sardonic expression on her face. The room burst into laughter.
Stewart shook her head. “It’s just I have no experience with it and I haven’t watched much of it either. No, I’m from LA, man.”
In response, Mitchell hung his head and let his microphone slip to the ground.
“What does that mean?” asked Stewart. “I’m not like an idiot, right?” Then she launched into a defense of her anti-theater stance: “If I’ve really gotten to a point where I’m like, ‘this is what I need, this is the ultimate.’ It’s always when I feel subject to something completely out of my control,” she said. “I don’t want to see you show me something. I want to watch you find something. I want to watch you fall on your face and go, ‘What was that?’ And like, in relation to theater, I’m sure you could do that… I just love making movies.”
And in her film career—which has already spanned more than 15 years—Stewart said she’s finding herself increasingly drawn to smaller movies made by inspired filmmakers. For her upcoming projects she’ll work with such established names as Ang Lee, Kelly Reichardt and Woody Allen, as well as rising talents like Neimah Nourizadeh and Drake Doremus.
“You’re either making movies because you have this compulsion to tell a story or you’re making movies because you want to make a bunch of money, and get super famous and stuff,” said Stewart. “I’m speaking from a position of ‘I did that already,’ but I genuinely would be doing this for the exact same reasons. I swear to God.”
RT @robkris13 Elvis asked if she's ever do theatre. she gave the audience a deadpan look & then said "dude no, Im from LA! we dont appreciate it like NYC". She said doing theatre would mean doing many performances and she didnt think she could keep it fresh doing it over and over. She said that's why she loved doing movies...one performance and it would always be fresh.
Kristen said the movie was very true to the CoSM script...doesnt happen very often when a movie was being filmed.
Kristen talked abt how women including Jodie Foster, Julianne, Juliette, Joan Jett had influenced her career in a postive way.
She and Julianne share the trait of not wanting to rehearse before doing a movie but Juliette on the other hand loves to rehearse. Kristen said she and Juliette were perfectly cast for their roles in CoSM because they were similiar to their characters. She said Juliette is like Maria because she doesnt want to hurt anyone but "I'm like Val because I want you to hurt, feel what Im saying."
Elvis asked her which of her movies surprised her. she felt they all had parts that surprised her and couldnt chose just one.
Elvis asked if she had ever shot a movie in sequential order and she said On The Road & one other but cant remember what it was now.
Kristen said she knew CoSM had some heavy things in it but she loved there was comedy in it too.
* Kristen interviewed for Indiewire just before the Q&A *
Kristen wore a Self-Portrait Fall 2015 jumpsuit with Louboutin heels.
For those asking about Kristen's hair - you can see her ponytail on some fan pictures. :)
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