Daisy Ridley’s life has surely changed now that ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is out. She is on Hollywood’s A-list now. Kristen Stewart knows what that’s like: she skyrocketed up the list when ‘Twilight’ was released. Kristen has some advice for the newcomer.
Kristen said this about when ‘Twilight’ came out:
I did Twilight when I was 17. It came out when I was 18 and my life was never even remotely the same. [It was] a huge lifestyle shift. A whole lot of other baggage—really heavy and really cool baggage—came along with it.”
It’s good to hear that Kristen can now appreciate what she got from starring in ‘Twilight’! It literally made her career, even if she didn’t appreciate all the scrutiny that came with being a celebrity.
So what is her advice for Daisy?
Focus on the fact that you’re stoked ’cause you’re doing the work that you want to do. It’s literally mainly just about focusing on what makes you happy. And if losing your anonymity or whatever doesn’t make you happy, then focus on something else.”
That is some great advice! You can always find the negative side of anything; focusing on the positive will make you much happier. I do have to say, it seems like Daisy was far better prepared for the limelight than either Kristen or Robert Pattinson were. The studio and J.J. Abrams likely took good care of both Daisy and John Boyega ;).
Kristen also said that her experience with superstardom prepared her for her role in the movie ‘Clouds of Sils Maria,’ where she played an assistant to a movie star. The role won her a Cesar Award (the French equivalent of the Academy Award). She explained:
As somebody who’s dealt with the more absurd, really surreal, oftentimes insanely superficial, empty circus of what the media can be—and perception versus reality—I thought it was really funny and appropriate for me to play that part. There was just nobody who could say those things with more knowing, and people know that. I wanted those words in my mouth.”
Sounds like she really did get in tune with the role, given that she won the Cesar for it! The former ‘Twilight’ star also discussed her growing confidence.
I trust myself a little bit more. When I was a little bit younger, I used anxiety and nerves, which I still have a lot of. It’s just that I’m better at channeling them. I get better every time I do a job. It’s getting more fun.”
It really sounds like Kristen is coming into her own, which is great to hear! I can see where the experience of sudden stardom that came with ‘Twilight’ would be hard for anyone to bear, much less an 18-year-old, but it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and she didn’t seem to enjoy it as much as she could have. It’s good that she’s gotten some perspective on the whole experience.
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