Kristen Stewart is opening up about queer representation in Hollywood and how her journey has evolved in the spotlight. In her new movie Happiest Season , Stewart plays a gay character named Abby who goes home with her girlfriend for Christmas. Although Stewart has played queer characters before, she was drawn to this script because of her own personal experiences. I never felt an immense shame, but I also don't feel far away from that story, so I must have it in a latent sense.
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The film centers on Harper Mackenzie Davis inviting her girlfriend, Abby Stewart , to celebrate the holidays at her parents' home, despite Harper's family not knowing that she is a lesbian. Stewart, who is currently dating longtime girlfriend Dylan Meyer following a high-profile romance with Twilight co-star Rob Pattinson , acknowledged that she doesn't necessarily see the issue as black-and-white. I think it's such a gray area. Stewart pointed out that the situation could depend on whether the community is welcoming toward the actor, and whether the actor approaches the project with a sense of connecting to it and wanting to be an ally. Ultimately, Stewart offered a pretty sensible takeaway. Not all actors believe that straight performers should feel conflicted about taking a queer role. This includes Cate Blanchett , who played a lesbian in the drama Carol.
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I don't care if Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders did it in a car, in a bar, in a house or with a mouse; I don't care if the entire relationship was staged for publicity as many are now alleging or if Robsten were this generation's Cheng and Eng, severed by the knife of infidelity. This is because it's not my relationship to care about, and whatever does or does not stay in Robsten's bedroom is none of my beeswax, and it's none of America's either. If the news people need a story to cover, what about the millions of Americans living in poverty or the real violence that happens in our streets every day, the Chicago neighborhoods so dangerous they have been compared to Iraq? They say that if it bleeds it leads, but there's no blood in the Robsten breakup -- just two young people doing the very thing that makes them young: making bad decisions. Part of the reason that Robsten doesn't matter to me, however, is that I am not a young woman today, and I'm glad that I'm not.
She is exhausted and driven, haunted by the past and unsure of the future. Stewart insists that, whatever role she takes on, she is basically playing herself. Stewart, after all, was still at high school when the Twilight franchise opened her up to the world. Stable door, horse bolted, and so what choice does she have? I used to feel violated.