What Did Kristen Stewart Do With Her Year Off?

The 'Camp X-Ray' star explains why her time away made her a better actress.

After bringing an end to the “Twilight Saga” with “Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” Kristen Stewart didn’t appear in a film for a year. (The last time she took a year off was 2006.) But Stewart’s time away from the big screen ended last week, when “Camp X-Ray” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

MTV News spoke with Stewart on the red carpet, and she explained that such a break had been considered for some time, but taking 2013 wasn’t a carefully planned move.

“I had sort of been considering taking time off for a long time, but this was not planned,” Stewart said. “I’m a total workaholic, and if there’s something out there that feels worth it, then I will work through Christmas. It doesn’t matter.”

The reason behind the year off had more to do with not finding the right material for a next project. “It was simply because I didn’t find anything that I really dug,” she said.

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Eventually “Camp X-Ray,” the story of an unlikely friendship between a Guantanamo Bay guard and a detainee, came along and ended Stewart’s search for a project.

The time off was valuable, however unplanned it was. Stewart explained that, in her opinion, time away is required to stay sharp as an actor. “It is important to fill the well. As an actor, all you want to do is give as much as can, and obviously, you need experience to draw from,” she said. “Not to say that you’re not having experience while making movies. It’s nice to decompress and recharge. It really is a necessary step to being a good actor.”

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