Kristen Stewart’s giving a wink to Hollywood fame and her days as the face of the Twilight franchise in her new film, The Clouds of Sils Maria.
Stewart plays an actress’ assistant in the film, constantly emailing, scouring tabloids, and pitching parts to her boss, played by Juliette Binoche. Her character even gets to make a little dig at the famed vampire franchise, as she notes that one potential movie has werewolves "for some reason."
"I had to seriously harness the glee that was exploding across my face when I was saying some of those lines," Stewart said in an AP interview. "I don't think that's what the movie is fully about. It's not a commentary about the insane nature of the media in the States, especially. But no one knows about that more than me."
In the years since she wrapped the famous franchise, the actress has enjoyed getting back to smaller films, like The Clouds of Sils Maria - for which she became the first American actress to ever win France’s coveted Cesar award - and Guantanamo drama Camp X-Ray. She likes parts with less pressure and films with less demanding schedules.
"I'm having more fun now than I ever have," says Stewart. "We made Camp X-Ray in 20 days. It's just better when it's faster."
Faster, and without the heavy expectations that come with a best-selling adaptation franchise like Twilight.
"[In these movies], there were no moments that people had read in a book that were the most important thing in their lives," she says, referring to the best-selling vampire franchise. "I really let go."
It seems the actress has also let go of Bella Swan, saying of her Twilight role, "I only have to think about that when someone asks me."