“I would throw up backstage”

Kristen Stewart plays the vulnerable and defiant Princess Diana in Spencer, putting her on course for an Oscar for the first time in her career. In the interview, the actress tells what was particularly close to her heart in the story.

Christmas holidays with the royals: Lady Diana feels so mentally bad that Queen Anne Boleyn, beheaded in the Middle Ages, appears to her.

Pablo Lorraín’s Spencer isn’t a conventional biopic, and Kristen Stewart might not be the first actress who would come to mind as a Di actress.

But for all the differences – the British aristocrat and the Californian post-punk performer also have something in common that few people experience: “She was the most famous and most photographed woman in the world, and I experienced that on a high level too”, During the Venice Film Festival, Stewart remembers the time when she not only filled the gossip columns of teen magazines as a “Twilight” star.

You know “the feeling of not having control”

“I didn’t symbolically represent a whole group of people, a whole country and ultimately a whole world. But I can understand the feeling of having no control over how you are perceived.”

Normal mortals don’t have this control either. But the now 31-year-old actress has long nagged at not having a way to correct an impression: “I wanted to run back a hundred times a day and start an interview again because I didn’t say the right thing and made the wrong impression or a bad impression. »

“This film makes Diana’s fate even more tragic”

In “Spencer”, Kristen Stewart shows how Lady Diana spent three days at Christmas in 1991 at the Sandringham estate. The film is not a biopic, it is too imprecise for that. And will Stewart’s royal role win an Oscar?


Kristen Stewart is now at peace with this time in her life. She is more comfortable in her own skin and in her role as an entertainer. Her job is not so pompous and she doesn’t have to hold a nation together like a royal.

“Otherwise I would probably throw up backstage,” she says, laughing. «I enjoy art that is direct, random and honest. I’m sure I’ll put my foot in it on all sides, but I’m less scared now than it used to be. Maybe it’s just a result of getting older and growing up.”

Diana was a long way from the point of relaxed acceptance at Christmas 1991. According to Stewart, she was pushed into a corner and the animalistic will to survive kicked in.

What she finally had to learn was personal responsibility: “Sometimes you have the feeling that life is happening to you and that you can’t do anything. You can take the reins into your own hands. We are not on a predetermined path,” Stewart is certain.

“She had a penetrating energy”

Kristen Stewart is not surprised that Diana continues to fascinate her: “She had a penetrating energy. You feel like you know her because she was so approachable. She shone for others and hoped that a little light would reflect back on them. The sad thing is that she wanted to connect with others and not want to be alone, but she was lonely and isolated and she never got to tell her story herself.”

Stewart finds the fact that she is now telling part of Diana’s story “crazy”, but not strange. Nor would it bother her if one day someone made a film about her: “I don’t think I would feel deprived if one day someone made a film about me,” she predicts.

“We don’t intend to provoke with ‘Spencer’. The film also does not contain any new information or claim that we have any inside information. The film envisions a feeling and ambition to build bridges, because Diana wanted to bring people together.”

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Stewart and Lorraín apparently succeeded, because Kristen Stewart received a Golden Globe nomination for “Spencer” for the first time and is also at the forefront of the Oscar contenders.

This is new territory for the Californian, whose versatility and loyalty to indie film in Europe has already won the César (as the first American actress; for best supporting role in Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria”) and the Golden Eye at the Zurich Film Festival was awarded.

But Kristen Stewart isn’t in show business to win awards, but to turn crazy ideas into reality. She will next be seen in David Cronenberg’s metamorphosis thriller Crimes of the Future and as a satellite falls in love with a buoy in the genderless, raceless computer love story Love Me.

Also on the programme: her feature film debut as a director with the film adaptation of writer Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir The Chronology of Water.

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