Covering the March issue ofInterview, Kristen opens up to legendary punk singer-songwriter Patti Smith about her current projects and ambitions.
"I'm writing a poem for the wedding of one of my best friends. And that's oddly taken up a lot of me, recently," she shares. "I'm trying to develop a little more faith in my hand, because everything that I do in terms of productivity is always really cerebral. So I've made a few paintings. I'm trying to find a crew, too, because I really want to start making my own movies. I just need to find my guys."
It's perhaps this earnestness about her art that has led to the 24-year-old Still Alice star's standoffish reputation, which true to her "honest" attitude, she actually isn't too apologetic about in the new interview.
"People sometimes actually get me to think I take things too seriously and maybe I'm too earnest and it's coming across like I'm better than them," she reflects. "[But] I can't, like, put on the show. I'm not a performer. And it's hard for people to accept a serious tone from a kid without thinking they're sort of stuck up."
One thing she obviously does take seriously is her work in Twilight. Though the popular franchise was definitely not critically acclaimed, Kristen maintains she was doing "real, serious" work as an actress in the films.
"Anybody who wants to talk sh*t about Twilight, I completely get it, but there's something there that I'm endlessly, and to this day, f*cking proud of," she says. "My memory of it felt -- still feels -- really good."
"People are always comparing sh*t," she adds. "Like, comparing Twilight to things and trying to figure out why I've made certain decisions that I've made, and I always say every single moment that has led me to this moment has made me who I am. ... If you're doing good work, you're showing a part of yourself to someone, so I can't say that Twilight doesn't have anything to do with Still Alice and Sils Maria. They have everything to do with each other. They are who I am."
"In Equals, there was no f*cking expectation," she says. "One day we didn't finish something; we didn't feel it, we weren't in the right mood to shoot it. So we postponed it. There is not a moment where we filled a blank with a lie. Whether the movie is great or sh*t, I have never felt so free in an environment. And that's when you're going to be the best."