Why I Like Kristen Stewart

A more accurate title for this post would be: How Kristen Stewart Managed to Impress Me Three Times Recently.

I’m not a fan of the movie Twilight. I’ve never seen it (well, I saw the 1998 film Twilight that features Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, Reese Witherspoon, and absolutely no vampires). I’m not for Team Edward or Team Jacob, I really don’t care whether or not Kristen Stewart is dating  the vampire in real life, and my likelihood of ever seeing either of the movies is far less than winning the lottery.

So without further ado, here are the three instances:

1.  I saw Adentureland

Until recently I had never seen Stewart in a film. I assumed the worst about her acting skills. Then  I saw Adventureland. It’s impossible to get a full picture of a person’s acting skills in one movie, but I thought she did a solid job portraying her character. By the end of the film my opinion of her as an actor had improved.

2. I viewed a [few moments of a] red carpet show.

When I watch television I am frustrated by commercials. If I’m not working on a project or playing a guitar I’ll usually channel surf to avoid watching the ads. During these brief minute or two minute long excursions I often see programming from networks I usually do not watch (e.g. E!, VH1, MTV). On one such recent occasion I saw a panel critiquing red carpet arrivals at some award show.

————A Brief Aside—————

I’m not a fan of the red carpet scene. I find it tedious and narcissistic. I don’t care who is there, what they are wearing, or who they are with.  If someone decides to wear the same outfit to every red carpet event for a year or two and donate the money they saved by doing so to charity I will become an instant fan.

————–End Aside—————–

The panel was viciously attacking Kristen Stewart. They said she looked awkward, uncomfortable, and bored. They showed pictures and video footage of her with a blank, disinterested face. I found the absence of a fake smile to be somewhat refreshing.

3. I read a few quotes.

I saw two quotes Kristen made that I appreciated. First, regarding pursuing acting as a career:

“I’d like to. But that’s definitely not all I want to do. It’s not the most intellectually stimulating thing that you can possibly do. I want to go to college. I’m going to take four years off. I don’t want to miss that.”

From what I’ve read she seems rather self-depreciating about her acting career. Second, she is very appreciative of her family. When asked to comment on her future, and how to avoid spiraling out of control like Lindsay Lohan, she said:

“My family are amazing. I had, like, the perfect upbringing. It sucks for people like Lindsay, but it’s not her fault that she’s so off the rails – and she’s smart, very smart.”

Kristen is right, Lindsay Lohan was a disaster waiting to happen. While some of the blame is on her, her family really set her up to fail. Appreciating family and using the phrase “off the rails” to describe Lohan. Nice.

Conclusion

Truth be told I really know very little about Kristen Stewart. This post was developed when I attempted to resuscitate dying conversations a few times by randomly interjecting “You know what, I think I like Kristen Stewart.” To the conversation it was the equivalent of an adrenaline injection to the heart.

There happen to be a few things about Kristen Stewart that I admire, of course I can usually find things to admire about almost anyone. . .

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