Kristen Stewart's Explanation About Her Lengthy Acting Break Will Make You Respect Her More

Kristen Stewart's back in the news after that lengthy post- Twilight acting break she took, and she's brought a plethora of new projects with her: Camp X-Ray, Clouds of Sils Maria, Still Alice, Anesthesia, American Ultra, Equals, and The Big Shoe are all listed as recent, post-production, or in-production films on her IMDb page. After the monster that was the Twilight franchise, it makes sense Stewart would need some time away from the spotlight to recuperate and figure out where she wants to take her career next — being constantly in the limelight, especially the way Stewart was, would make anyone burn out quick. In a new interview with Vanity Fair France, Kristen Stewart explained that two-year hiatus from acting:

I was looking around. There are a couple of things that started and stopped that didn't get off the ground, and I put a lot of time into those things that didn't go anywhere, which, happens. And after that—this could totally say something about where I was at—it took a special thing. Who knows if I were to look now at the stack of scripts that I went through during that period? I wonder if there would be something that I would go, "Oh how did that get by?" Seriously, I think that after Twilight and after Snow White and the Huntsman, which were such huge movies, that I felt I didn't want to search for the next "big, successful" thing.

This is understandable, and in some ways, actually makes me respect her more. Clearly, Stewart was focused on her career instead of the fame and fortune that comes with it, so instead of jumping to another big project that would ensure people would not forget about her after Breaking Dawn Pt. 2, she did what was best for herself. Stewart continued:

One thing that people do with two enormous movies is think that that's their thing now, to do big movies, and ride that wave. I got off this huge wave and said, "I'm going to go in for a bit." I'm going to come back out later. That was good. I needed some time off. I needed to get in with my friends. I needed to be back in my life. I needed to like, live in my house and be surrounded by my own shit and play guitar and write.

As glad as I am to have her back in the acting game, this is an immensely mature, awesome decision, and it's nice to see an actress with this sort of laid back outlook as opposed to the PR-controlled bots you sometimes see in Hollywood. Never change, KStew. Please.

Read the rest of Stewart's (immensely interesting) Vanity Fair France interview here.

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