WOULD you want to be Kristen Stewart?
OK, so imagine this. You’ve got the central part in the biggest movie franchise in a generation.
You’re dating your co-star who just happens to be one of the most desired men on the planet.
You travel the globe on promotional tours for your movies, with fans cheering you and the world’s media wanting to take your picture.
You earned, according to Vanity Fair, $US16 million ($18.8 million) last year alone.
Oh, and you’re only 20.
Does that sound like fun? Would that be in some way pleasant?
You’d think you’d be happy to sign a thousand autographs or grin, even smugly, for a photo?
Well not if you’re Kristen Stewart. It looks like if you’re Kristen Stewart it doesn’t mean any such thing.
If you’re Kristen Stewart and you arrive in Sydney, a city ready to welcome you with open arms, it means you swear at photographers.
It means you dress like you’re bumming around your house on a Sunday – wearing a beanie and sunglasses so you can’t really be seen at all.
It means you don’t even bother to do your nails properly.
In fact it means when you go out onto yourcigarettes/kent/ you even manage to stuff that up.
But perhaps we’re being grossly unfair. Perhaps being a young woman suddenly thrust into the limelight is intensely strange and alienating.
“All you see is an actor or a celebrity lit up by a flash,” she recently told Britian’s e magazine.
“It’s so… The photos are so… I feel like I’m looking at someone being raped.
“A lot of the time I can’t handle it.”
“It’s f**ked. I never expected that this would be my life.”
Isn’t it possible it totally sucks being flown around the world and being hassled constantly for weeks on end?
And perhaps the poor girl just needs a break – given she is really looking forward to some free time after completing work on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse with no firm career schedule out there.
“To have a clean horizon is pretty nice,” she recently told Flaunt magazine.
Perhaps she is simply looking forward to tomorrow where she’ll get some time off to visit her family – her mum Jules Mann-Stewart grew up on the Sunshine Coast and she has relatives in Sydney.
Or is it simply that being nice is hardly newsworthy and these sort of pictures are lapped up by the public.
Stewart is due to appear at Luna Park in front of thousands of screaming fans to do a media free question and answer session hosted by Richard Wilkins tonight.
Let’s hope he asks her: “Why are you acting so weird?”
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