The 25-year-old actress was relatively under the radar in 2008 when the first Twilight film came out, and it propelled her to a level of fame rarely experienced by other young actresses. But one person who's experiencing it now is 23-year-old British actress Daisy Ridley, who's getting rave reviews for her role as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In a new podcast with The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart gives advice to the newcomer.
"It's a huge lifestyle shift. Like, the small things, really," Stewart explains. "Focus on the fact that you're stoked 'cause you're, you know, doing the work that you want to do. It's literally mainly just about focusing on what makes you happy. And, if losing your anonymity or whatever doesn't make you happy, then focus on something else."
"I did Twilight when I was 17, it came out when I was 18, and my life was never even remotely the same," she adds.
Still, Stewart says she definitely doesn't regret her decision to star in the blockbuster films.
"A whole lot of other baggage -- really heavy and really cool baggage -- came along with it," she reflects.
Not surprisingly, her experience is still shaping the kinds of projects she does today -- particularly, her decision to play an assistant to a movie star (played by Juliette Binoche) in the critically acclaimed Clouds of Sils Maria.
"As somebody who's dealt with the more absurd, really surreal, oftentimes insanely superficial, empty circus of what the media can be -- and perception versus reality -- I thought it was really funny and appropriate for me to play that part," she says.
And social media is still a mystery to the notoriously private star.
"I've never fed into it. I've never had a public Twitter, I've never had a public Facebook or things where people go on and look at your every move, like Instagram and stuff like that, because it's just so empty and distracting," Stewart says bluntly. "I don't understand how so many people don't view it as what it is, which is nothing at all. It's just nothing, all of it -- it doesn't exist. And so yeah, it's weird -- but it makes sense."
"It supports a demand from a lot of bored people," she further explains. "[It produces] a lot of money, a lot of hits on websites."