Although Kristen Stewart now finds herself elevated to the status of a big Hollywood player thanks her role as Bella Swan in "Twilight," the actress has long insisted that she never hunted for fame when she was working to get a career in Hollywood. In fact, back when she was auditioning for her small-but-radiant role in Sean Penn's "Into the Wild," the then-15-year-old told Interview magazine that her early success was as much a burden as a blessing.
"Well, this is never something that I sought out. For most actors, it's such a struggle to get work," she told "Zathura" director Jon Favreau, who interviewed her for the story in 2005. "Once they have it, they feel that there's an enormous amount of pressure on them to make it work, and have everyone love them. In my case, it was never like that."
Stewart credited her grounded nature to her family, all of whom have some role in Hollywood. "My brother's a grip. My mom's a scriptwriter. My dad's a director," she said. "So, it's like, at heart, I'm a below-the-line girl."
Stewart also talked about how she's had to grow up faster than a lot of her peers. When most of them were playing MASH in study hall, she was busy acting and not going to a traditional school. Because of this, she said she found that it hasn't always been easy for her to act like a normal kid. "When I stopped going to school, I got the strongest dose of perspective," she said. "When you're a kid, your friends, your school, your teachers, your family — that's your whole world, your whole existence.
"I lost all my friends but the few that were really close to me," Stewart lamented, adding that only now, as her friends graduate high school, will they understand what it's like to have the kind of perspective she's had for years already.
"My friends who are still going to school are still totally caught up in it," she said. "When they graduate, they're going to experience the exact same thing that I did. I just went through it when I was in the seventh grade as opposed to the 12th."