The 26-year-old actress has been more open about her personal life than ever this year, and ET spoke with her at the 23rd Annual Elle Women In Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday, where she talked about the big change.
"I think it takes a minute to sort of acclimate to communicating with so many people at one time, with like, 'the masses,' you know," Stewart tells ET's Lauren Zima. "I think it's only beneficial, like... for me to have so many pathways open -- it ends up kind of not allowing people to misconstrue you."
"I know people love to say, 'Oh, she doesn't give a...' like, no, I totally do, man!" she adds. "So yeah, I think I just feel a little bit more uninhibited or something."
Stewart also shared her favorite quality about herself.
"I think I'm a really hard worker," Stewart, who's currently promoting three different movies -- Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Certain Women and Personal Shopper -- says. "I have endurance, yeah."
The actress was presented her Elle award by her good friend, Dakota Fanning. The 22-year-old actress talked about her close personal friendship with Stewart, who she co-starred with in three Twilight movies as well as 2010's The Runaways.
"[She's] held my hair back and talked me through heartbreak," Fanning shared.
The American Pastoral star wasn't the only Twilight alumna in attendance. Anna Kendrick, Nikki Reed, and Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke were also present, making for an all-female Twilight reunion. Kendrick, 31, was a recipient of her own Elle award, which was presented to her by her Accountant co-star, Ben Affleck.