These days, Kristen is talking about her latest role in “On the Road” and what’s in store for her now that she’s finally escaped the insatiable (and sometimes malicious) scrutiny of the “Twilight” fandom. And after the year she’s had—including the now-infamous “cheating” scandal with her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director—it’s nice to see that KStew is more or less the living embodiment of don’t-give-a-damn.
“I have realized that you can close yourself off to life if you put walls up, but it’s a difficult thing,” she said, explaining that she’s more or less given up on trying to shield herself from the public eye. “You can’t see over, people can’t see in, and you also can’t see out. So I’ve gotten quite comfortable with just being unafraid. I keep saying the same thing: it’s not about being fearless but really just embracing the fears and using them.”
Lately, she’s used them to get through the out-front responsibility of promoting “On the Road,” where she plays the role of the adventurous and callous teenaged wife of Dean Moriarty in the long-awaited movie adaptation of beat-generation darling Jack Kerouac’s iconic work. But as for what’s next, she’s not ruling anything out—from an ensemble drama to a turn on the stage.
“I am not closed off to anything right now,” she said. “That is what I was saying about not having any more walls up. I don’t want to deprive myself of any bit of life.”