Reconsidering Kristen Stewart


Kristen Stewart is not the most popular actress
in Hollywood. There are a lot of jokes, media, speculation,
and opinions surrounding this woman trapped in Twilight’s shadow. But I’m not convinced any of that gossip is
representative of her acting ability. I’m not saying Kristen Stewart is the best
actress and I wouldn’t try to convince anyone otherwise, but people tend to form quick,
unwaivering opinions about whether or not they like an actor. Though it’s difficult to tear down those iron
caged opinions, I’d like to rattle the cage just a little bit and give you reasons why
you should reconsider Kristen Stewart. Kristen Stewart has been in over thirty feature
films, her first when she was eleven years old. She’s worked across from director David Fincher
in Panic Room, director Jon Favreau in Zathura, and director Sean Penn in Into the Wild. All of which were before Twilight. Since Twilight she’s worked across from Juliette
Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria, Julianne Moore in Still Alice, and under director Woody
Allen in Cafe Society. Throughout her career, people have wonderful
things to say about her. In an interview with Jon Favreau he told her: “You really bring your lunch pail to work,
so to speak. You’ve got a really strong blue-collar ethic
about acting that I like to think I have, too. We auditioned a lot of people your age for
Zathura, and I have to tell you, you really stood out as having a presence, and a look,
and chops, and poise. Most young girls or boys have sort of an unfocused,
scattered energy. You have a very still energy to you.” More recently, director Richard Glatzer said: “Kristen is a force of nature. Alex said working with
her is like working with Brando. She’s molten, impassioned, resolutely truthful. She doubts herself constantly and is the last
person to recognize how great she really is. Maybe that’s the key to her genius. I think it’s difficult for audiences to judge
Kristen Stewart’s full acting range because most people haven’t seen much of her work. For example, in Speak, Stewart plays a freshman
in high school who is raped by a senior. Stewart’s performance in the film is carefully
controlled. There’s a scene where she creates an art piece
for class. Her teacher is impressed and says, “I see a girl caught in the remains of a holiday
gone bad. Her flesh picked off day after day. Um, the palm tree might be a broken dream? I don’t know. It
definitely has meaning, a lot of pain.” As he says “pain,” Stewart looks up at him
longingly, as though she thinks he understands and she might be able to talk to him. But she doesn’t speak. That’s a lot for a thirteen year-old Stewart
to convey without words. I think one of the problems with seeing Stewart’s
ability is that a lot of her roles are similar to Speak in that they only require brief,
deeply emotional scenes. Audiences and critics tend to respond best
to intensity, but as Christian Bale said in his 2011 Golden Globe speech: “You can only
give a loud performance like the one I gave when you have a quiet anchor and a stoic character. I’ve played that one many times and it never
gets any notice.” When people accuse Stewart of being “emotionless,”
I would call that “understated.” Unfortunately, “understated” is easy to dismiss,
which is a precarious place in the realm of public opinion. The public thinks it knows best and the persona
surrounding an actor can affect the roles they take. But should it? Consider what the world would be like if Hollywood
indulged every prejudice the audience had. It’s this exact type of prejudice that reduces
Kristen Stewart to this image: It’s witty, I admit. Not just the idea, but the number of emotions
they chose and the variety. The “wistful” emotion is perfect; “wistful”
is an absurdly specific emotion that is difficult to convey in a still picture. But here’s my response: Some emotions are a bit tricky to match, but
I think most of these scenes match perfectly. In the “Aroused” scene Stewart lowers her
eyes and presses the tip of her knife against her lower lip. In the “Mischievous” sequence you can see
the glare she’s giving Jesse Eisenberg, taunting him. In the “Terrified” scene she is suitably panic-stricken. It’s more difficult to put in the time and
effort it takes to find this kind of range in an actor, it’s a lot easier to stick to
our prejudices. Think about Will Smith in the Fresh Prince
of Bel Air. Would we allow him to leave that goofy comedic
role and throw that first punch in Ali? Believe him capable of Tom Hanks-like feats
and carry a whole movie on his own in I Am Legend? Or make us feel a lump in our throats in The
Pursuit of Happyness? Consider when Stewart was just coming off
the final Twilight movie. The first film she was in was an indie not
many people saw called Camp X-Ray, where she plays a soldier in Guantanamo Bay who befriends
a prisoner played by Peyman Moaadi. It’s a complex role that forces us not only
to identify with Stewart’s character, but reflect on ourselves as well. One of the soldiers in the film states that
he doesn’t feel guilty about anything they do there because the prisoners are the guys
who did 9/11. From this position we must watch Stewart’s
performance as two people try to connect with each other when constantly separated by bars;
we have to feel that emotion through those tiny windows. And follow both Stewart and Moaadi from this: “You Americans treat us like animal? OK I am an animal!” to this: “You’re making fun of me, huh?” “Yea you’re making fun-you’re laughing at me, huh?” “Come on, look at you, you’re laughing at me.” and beyond: “Blondie, you … … you are a good guy.” ‘Yea, thanks.’ “Am I a bad guy or a good guy to you?” ‘Ali … ‘It doesn’t matter right now.’ “It’s the only time it matters.” The film’s climax hinges entirely on this
empathy working and for Stewart and Moaadi to build it together. It’s hard to empathize with celebrities because
we hold fame and wealth to a different standard. In 2012, thanks to the ending of the Twilight
franchise and Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart was the highest paid actress
that year. That’s a difficult fact to ignore when people
are watching Stewart fidget and verbally fumble through interviews. And that’s the introverted nature people target
in Stewart. Though I can’t remember who, I once saw a
morning show host ask, “if you’re an actress being interviewed, can’t you just ACT like
a normal person in front of the camera?” A lot of people share this sentiment. We want our actors to be monkeys that dance
for us; we forget they’re human. But people in Hollywood ARE human and it takes
a strong person to choose a life in the spotlight when they are so introverted. Regardless of how much money they make or
how successful they are, we can choose to see past their wealth and consider what their
environment is like, or what they must overcome. There’s a quote from Dave Chapelle being interviewed
on Inside the Actor’s Studio that exemplifies what I mean. In it, Chapelle talks about filming Blue Streak
with Martin Lawrence, about Martin’s stroke during filming, and Martin’s arrest when he
was screaming at people in the street with a pistol in his back pocket. “That’s how tough he is. What is happening
in Hollywood that a guy that tough will be on the street, waving a gun, screaming, ‘they’re
trying to kill me?’ A weak person cannot get to sit here and talk
to you. So what is happening in Hollywood? Nobody knows. The worst thing to call somebody is crazy. It’s dismissive. I don’t understand this person so they’re
crazy. That’s bullshit. These people are not crazy. They strong people. Maybe their environment is a little sick.” While the internet made jokes about her, and
the media focused on the Robert Pattinson gossip, Stewart kept working. She’s a self-proclaimed workaholic and it
doesn’t matter what we say about her, she’s going to keep going. On the way she’s been nominated for a few
films. Most of her wins center largely around Clouds
of Sils Maria, but it’s worth mentioning she won awards from the Alliance of Women Film
Journalists, a Boston Society of Film Critics Award, a Florida Film Critics Circle Award,
a National Society of Film Critics Award, a New York Film Critics Circle Award, and
a Cesar, which is like the French Oscars, making her the first American actress to ever
win one. So we can leave Kristen Stewart trapped in
gossip and Twilight’s shadow, but doing so may limit our perceptions of other actors
abilities. Maybe a TV actor who wants to do film, even
though it’s rare for a TV actor to move to film and even rarer to do so successfully. Perhaps part of the reason for that is our
rigid, unwavering opinions about actors — opinions that limit us. When asked about how he chooses his roles
Tom Hanks said, “‘Cause our job is to hold the mirror up to nature. If it’s funny, that’s fine. If it entertains you that’s fine, but it must, under all circumstances hold the mirror up to nature. We must be constantly examining who we are, how we got here, and how we’re getting through
all of this.” He wasn’t just talking about choices for himself,
he was talking about the choices we should all make. He’s saying the next time you see Kristen
Stewart don’t look away, look straight at her. She is not – nor is any actor – a foregone
conclusion. Each film, each role she’s in is an opportunity
to reflect on ourselves. All we need is the courage to do so. Well that’s all for this video. What are your favourite roles of Kristen Stewart? What are your least favourite? Do you think she’s underrated? Please let us know in the comments below. And thanks for watching, guys. If this is your first time on the channel,
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62 thoughts on “Reconsidering Kristen Stewart

  1. I liked Kristen Stewart in "Adventureland" quite a bit. She was quite strong in "The Runaways" and truth be told, I even enjoyed her in "Snow White and the Huntsman", though I don't think she was really "right" for the role. She did what she could with it.

    I'm not sure if this video will serve to convert anyone… but maybe help reconsider some things. If we've learned anything, these days, objective thinking is in short supply.

    I don't think she's a terrible actress or that a lot of her criticism has credence, but I don't think she's particularly impressive either — there are many other actresses I'd praise sooner! She's got potential and there are always glimpses — but I do think she's hindered a bit by her natural introverted nature. To be fair, though, I haven't seen a ton of her movies.

  2. She was absolutely brilliant in Camp X-ray! The emotion she displayed was raw and real! You can see the pain in her eyes. She is an incredible actress!

  3. Kristen is one of the few actresses who has won a New York Film Critics Circle award who hasn't been nominated for an Oscar, so in that sense, I believe she is underrated. And yes, many don't realize how versatile an actress she really is as many have not watched her indie/art house films.

  4. We get it bro, you're obsessed with Kristen Stewart. She's a pathetic excuse of an actress. You showed that she does indeed have emotions, wow, amazing, but that doesn't make her a good actress.

  5. I've been watching all her movies & I think she's the best actress of our generation even tho shes underrated & i love u for making this vedio it deserves millions of views tbh

  6. I definitely think she's underrated. She's one of the most talented actors of her generation. Her style is different and very natural and true. Every character she plays is real and portrayed beautifully showing wide range of emotions. I have watched many of her movies and just loved them including her directorial debut. She's very talented and brilliant and I like how strong and persistent she is. Keep going Kris.
    Thank you for this video; nice to see some people trying to make justice.

  7. Wow you put a lot of hard work and dedication to this video. I really appreciate that. Kristen Stewart is so underrated because of her role in Twilight. People see it and assume she has little emotion, but few people really know thatโ€™s exactly what the character Bella was described in the book! Despite the hatred, she still continues to work harder and harder to prove her talent, and I hope that one day people will reconsider Kristen Stewart as a talented actress, just like what she deserves.

  8. Kristen Stewart is MAGNIFICENT!! I've seen over 20 of her films and she is sorely under rated. I really enjoyed the Twilight Saga and I'm saddened that so much of her reputation has been based on her efforts at ages 17-22. I loved The Runaways, Speak, Cake eaters, Camp X-Ray, Personal Shopper, Welcome to the Rileys, Equals, On the Road, Still Alice and probably more that don't immediately come to mind. Your video was wonderful – THANK YOU!

  9. If someone watches her acting in 'The Safety Of Objects', 'Fierce People', 'Welcome To The Rileys' and says it's anything less than excellent, they obviously either hold a grudge against her or have no knowledge about acting or moviemaking whatsoever!

  10. I'll reconsider her when she can make a film and create a real, believable character. Watch her films with this bingo card in mind, and you'll have to admit that she's the same in every film and is simply being filmed, not acting. Drink every time she does a loud exhale before saying a line of dialog; shakes her head before saying a line; bites her lip; plays with her hair; stutters; blinks excessively; fidgets her leg (she does this so violently in Still Alice that she shakes the table where she and Alice are having lunch, and she does it so much in Cafe Society that she shakes the car she and Eisenberg are sitting in. It's parked, just it vibrates from her leg shaking). All these tics she uses in every single film show that she never creates a real character, she's just as she says herself, "playing some version" of herself. That's not even acting. Try being objective and seriously watch her films with all those tics in mind and you will have to admit you're never watching a character, you're just watching Kristen Stewart. So she's photogenic — that's not acting ability.

    The "Robert Pattinson gossip"? How about calling it what it was, the Kristen Stewart cheats with her married director, Rupert Sanders gossip"? And leave Pattinson out of it completely. He never asked to be part of her scandal. He never acknowledged being in any kind of relationship with her through the entire Twilight franchise because he actually values having a private life, unlike her. She dragged him into it when she named him in her public apology in PEOPLE magazine. If not for that, he might have been left out of it entirely. But she made sure to include him in her trashy private life which she put on public display with her married director. If you ever do anything about her again, please leave him out of it. They don't even speak any more, he said so at Cannes last year, and he's avoided her for the past 5 years. There is no need to link her to him.

    Number of films she's made is irrelevant, co-stars are irrelevant. They have nothing to do with her on-screen performance. So she has "energy." So do waitresses. Juliette Binoche complained that she doesn't bother to learn her lines before coming to set. It's the opposite of the way Binoche works and she wasn't happy about it. If you have to go back 14 years to "Speak" to find a good performance, that's pretty bad. it's not just that her performances are "quiet,' they're all the same. She can't do voice work, she never changes the pitch or tone of her voice. She can't do accents. Her fake British accent in Snow White was bad, and it came and went between scenes, she couldn't consistently keep it up. She attempts an Irish accent in Lizzie, but can't pull it off there, either.

    She can't do body work. She never creates a walk for a character, it's always just her clomping around. For Cafe Society, Woody Allen saw her swagger around like a sailor and told her to cut it out and walk like a girl in 1930 would walk. It had never occurred to her to create a walk for her character. She always has the same posture, she slouches. She puts no thought into how her character would stand or walk. All her characters are just her, they're not believable in the films. That's not even acting, that's just being filmed.

    She looked pained, bored, and irritated in Camp Xray and I didn't get any empathy from the scene you use to illustrate it. Critics project what they want to see on her, not what a majority of the audience sees. And she's not introverted — that's a huge act. People who have worked with her on the Twilight franchise have said she's the least shy person they've ever met. She's photogenic — that's not acting. As for her abilities, they are very limited. She's a one-trick pony, she has no range.

    The awards she's won are largely from critics who enjoy those long, expensive lunches her PR team pays for, and they also enjoy the Chanel swag bags she hands out at Cannes and the NYFF. As for the Cesar, it's not the French Oscar. That would be the Palm d'Or, the only recognized film award coming out of France. No one in the US can tell you who won a Cesar in 2010 or any other year because they don't care. It's not even in the same category with the BAFTA's.

  11. Great work, choosing a best film is really hard,I love Personal Shopper and also American Ultra,but that Karl Lagerfeld once and forever is also good even if it is just a commercial.She is great and what I love she is not overacting screens.She is totally reflecting how everyone else would act in the normal life.And her movie choices are making me think,they are mostly not giving a final answer like blockbuster do.They have an open end.L8ke Cloudes of Sils Maria or personal shopper,I love her indie stuff.And I'm proud of what kind of true and grounded woman she turns in to and I can't wait to see what she's been doing in the future

  12. I came to Kristen Stewart lately, … and, in my opinion, she is a brilliant human-being of enormous depth/range, and we are the fortunate ones who are allowed to learn from her every performance as actor… – Farley A.

  13. Thank you for this video. All the haters should watch this. I love Kristen and I have always loved her, she is an incredible actress, ,there is so much depth in her performances, especially in Camp X-Ray, Clouds of Sils Maria or Cake Eaters and Welcome to the Rileys. She made some really great carrier choices and she deserves more recognition. I think that slowly, she is becoming more popular even among the Twilight haters…

  14. She is one of the most underrated people on the planet. Not actors. Humans. Thank you for this video.

  15. Those of us who don't know a thing about acting base their opinions on their subjective perception of what great acting is. I am sure the greatest actors out there have a totally different opinion about Kristen Stewart's acting skills than laymen do.

  16. This is a really interesting video! You have done a great job. Kristen is one of the most underrated actress in hollywood and one of the most talanted she loves her work and love what she is doing and she is just someone doing her job!

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  18. I am a big fan of Kristen's but I understand why she is not more popular as an actress. Her emotional range is very limited. She is not very good at transforming into another person on camera. You can always tell that she is acting

  19. Anybody who doesn't think Kristen Stewart is a good actress should watch her performance in The Cake Eaters.

  20. i love kristen stewart… Best actress for me…๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  21. People's idea of acting is so limited to facial expressions. Whereas Kristen's acting is much more subtle and sophisticated than a lot of Hollywood so called good actors. And so isMitchell Williams. Their acting is too sophisticated for pop corn superhero Hollywood. I bet shewill eventually win an Oscar assuming that itd be still around.

  22. My question is…
    Why is this needed to hype up so much, shouldn't her work make her the star you want her to be, this video… why is all of this needed. It wasnt needed for Will Smith, David Chappelle, Tom Hanks, why is all this needed for her. For you to explain to us why she's this force to be reckoned with, shouldn't we see the force already, I rest my case…

  23. Kristen Stewart was a good actress I saw all her movies I like the way she acts and well she is the best in her field

  24. Kristen Stewart is one of my absolute favourite actresses! The amount of talent, range, drive she has is nothing short of spectacular! Every role, every movie of hers that I have seen ( working my way through them all), she has been remarkable! Camp X-Ray, Cafe Society, Clouds is Sils Maria, Personal Shopper, On the Road, Billy Lynnโ€™s long halftime walk, Equals, Snow White and the Huntsman and of course The Twilight Saga- her performance left me with goosebumps…. Not to mention how fun, funky and down to earth she appears to be! This is a fabulous video!

  25. Definitely underrated. Favorites are Breaking Dawn- yes BD, Speak, Camp Xray and Still Alice but all of her roles resonate with me.

  26. She mainly plays people who suffer from emotional trauma, which makes her a little typed casted. You can see that in almost all her films, or infact maybe all of them. That doesnโ€™t make her a terrible actress though, she can deliver a good performance which is enlightening to the audience.

  27. I like Kristen Stewart. Perhaps way back from when she did The Runaways. But it's with Snow White and The Huntsman, I REALLY came on board with her.
    I like her because of all the actresses of my fellow Millennial generation, K Stew is one of the few who has the decency to admit playing herself.
    I would rather watch Kristen Stewart being Kristen Stewart in a movie with a mildly coherent storyline than someone like Leelee Sobieski – who does Method act- Sobieski wears a punk hairstyle , has black leather clothes and speaks with a dumb Jersey accent but the movie is still crap. And yes, I am referring to My First Mister.
    I say to be considered a good actor or actress, you have to at least get casted into movies that – if not exactly Oscar-worthy- it still has a competent story for both critics and audiences to enjoy.

  28. Kristen's choice to work with Woody Allen is the only issue I have. However, her contribution to film, much appreciated.

  29. Thank you for making this. She gets so much hate and she is so underrated even though I consider her one of the best actresses… It's my opinion and you don't need to judge… She is amazing and I love herโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

  30. When I saw her in ยดSpeakยด I was Amazed by How Good an Actress she is! Your video is not only True, but precise in relation to how people understimate her abilities as an Actress. Well done.

  31. Seeing the directors of Still Alice reminded me that one of them had ALS, that they were both married and that Richard Glatzer died from his condition shortly after the film was released. I'm feeling sad now.

  32. I read a critic on Roger Ebert by Peter Sobczynski about Personal Shopper that describes it well. "To all those who still decree Stewart to be a limited actress because of her increasingly glum turns in the โ€œTwilightโ€ films, where she was dealing with writing and characters seemingly designed to defeat anyone with talent or intelligence, they are hereby advised to see her work here and either admit to her enormous talents or admit to the fact that they have absolutely no idea of what constitutes great acting."

  33. I can see why people say what they say about her acting, yet at the same time, i cant stop loving her or her character. There is something so endearing about each of her character

  34. Kristen stewart is 1 of the most underrated actress of 2day.i have seen most of her movies.i think shes great.hollywood is so un4 giving.all they see is 1mistake she made with sanders.my opinion doesn't mean much i will always be a fan and no hollywood will never like her work.it will always b pattyboy.

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