Kristen Stewart Took a Year Off After 'Twilight' But Not Because of Robert Pattinson

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There are people of few words, and then there's Kristen Stewart. The famously private actress has a new film, Camp X-Ray , that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In the film, she plays a newly enlisted guard that befriends a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. What's even more interesting about the film, however, is why Stewart chose to take on the role. She hadn't made a film since Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part Two in 2012, with then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson. And surprisingly, the queen of keeping mum opened up about why she decided to take a year off between projects.

Maybe what was so appealing about  Camp X-Ray was that it signified a huge jump in maturity as an actress, and exemplified the direction she wanted her career to go in — it was probably worth it to wait and pick the right role to do so. After all, doing the Bella Swan blank-stare (and playing someone named Bella Swan) had to have gotten old.

The new face of Chanel also has films Sils Maria and Anesthesia coming out in 2014. Stewart will also be co-starring with Jennifer Lawrence's boyfriend, Nicholas Hoult, in Equals, an adaptation of the 1984 film version of the George Orwell epic dystopian novel, 1984. However, what I want to know is, even if she gets nominated for an Oscar one day, or even just keeps on this new film path, will she ever drop the smirk? I guess we'll just have to wait and find out.