Kristen Stewart Says She's Taking a Break from Acting, Lays Out Next Plan

by Antoinette Bueno 9:38 AM PDT, October 23, 2014
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Looks like the notoriously press-shy Kristen Stewart will be dipping out of the limelight soon.

Promoting her gritty military drama Camp X-Ray, Stewart shared that back-to-back projects including Camp X-Ray and specifically, the futuristic Equals starring her and Warm Bodies star Nicholas Hoult, has taken a toll on her emotionally -- so much so that she won't read a single script in the coming months.

"I'm taking some time off because I've been working for two years," the Twilight star tells USA Today. I'm an actor and that's my art form, and because I started that so young, I've always felt intimidated and insufficient when I think about other forms of art I want to create. I'm going to take so much time off."

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And what will she be doing with her newly-found free time?

"I'm going to buy a live-work space in downtown LA and I'm going to make some (stuff) with my hands," she says. "Literally, I made that decision a few weeks ago. I'm making a short film. I'm making a bunch of (stuff). I don't know how I'll put it out. But I'm not going to hold it so previously close to me. I write all the time."

Stewart gave her fans a taste of her writing in February, when she published one of her poems in Marie Claire, titled My Heart Is a Wiffle Ball/Freedom Pole.

But though she predictably got plenty of haters for that poem, these days, it doesn't bother the 24-year-old actress.

"I'm really happy right now, overly happy," she surprisingly says. "I'm definitely not looking furtively – I like to look around at (stuff). I feel great. I'm not overcoming fear right now."

And slowly but surely, she's figuring out how to handle fame.

"I'm also not that uncomfortable with it because I've gotten used it," she says. "I am really traversing this and getting stronger every day. I'm better at this than I ever have been. I like being uncomfortable. I like standing up to things."

But she does admit that she'll always be "looking over her shoulder."

"I've gotten better about that," she says. "Whatever. If everyone is staring at me, that's fine."

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Check out Stewart's turn as a young guard at Guantanamo Bay who forms an unlikely friendship with a detainee in the trailer for Camp X-Ray, in theaters now.