The Mad One

By Stern, Marlow | Newsweek, December 24, 2012 | Go to article overview

The Mad One


Stern, Marlow, Newsweek


Byline: Marlow Stern

Kristen Stewart goes on the road with Kerouac.

"It's not a terrible thing if you're either loved or hated," says Kristen Stewart, seated in a cozy little bistro on the outskirts of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz, far removed from even the most penetrating telephoto lenses. "But honestly," she continues, "I don't care 'cause it doesn't keep me from doing my shit. And I apologize to everyone for making them so angry. It was not my intention."

So says the most vilified--and highest-paid--actress in all the land. Her role a[umlaut]earlier this year as a sword-wielding fire brand in Snow White and the Huntsman, a sinister reimagining of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, was quite apropos, given that the 22-year-old starlet is, in many ways, the tabloid media's Joan of Arc. Her refusal to kowtow to the celebrity-industrial complex, whether through her steely-eyed gaze on the red carpet or nervous fidgeting during televised interviews, is seen by many as an entitled A-lister putting on airs.

But in person, Stewart comes off like most 20-somethings might--a compelling melange of pensiveness interrupted by sudden pangs of excitement. Clad in jeans, sneakers, and a loose-fitting sky-blue shirt, she fiddles with her greasy reddish-brown hair--the color's a byproduct, she says, of not filming a movie for a year.

She has, however, kept busy making the grueling publicity rounds--health-permitting. "Last night I was sick with the flu and couldn't go to this On the Road screening," she says, sounding contrite. "Normally, I wouldn't feel too terrible about missing a press event, but I felt awful because I'd do anything for this film. It holds a special place for me."

Developing a cherished novel into a film is always a tricky endeavor, but Jack Kerouac's On the Road, a beatnik-era classic about a group of youths in the '40s and '50s, provides an even greater challenge than most. Based on the author's real-life pals, including Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady, the road-trip saga was hell-bent on upending conformity as it attempted to capture the spirit, not just the events, of the time.

Stewart committed to the film at 17, even before shooting on the first Twilight movie began. It was Sean Penn, Stewart's director for Into the Wild, who recommended her to Twilight filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke for the role of Bella Swan, a chaste teen desperately in love with a vampire. And it was Penn's 21 Grams director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who suggested to director Walter Salles that he cast Stewart in On the Road.

She discovered the novel during her freshman year of high school and says it "changed her life." To prepare for the role of capricious nymphet Marylou, Stewart spoke with the daughter of LuAnne Henderson, the woman on whom the character is based, and went on a road trip from Los Angeles to Ohio with two of her friends just prior to shooting in the summer of 2010.

"There was a lot of skirting of little girls at rest stops. Like a volleyball team would pull up and I'd dive behind a bush," she says with a laugh. "But we stopped at a Hooters in Amarillo, Texas, because there was this huge horse statue in front of it. We bought a lot of beef jerky. And seeing the landscapes fade from orange to green is the coolest thing."

Cross-country trip aside, the role required Stewart to plumb more emotional depths than some of her previous films. The result is one of her most uninhibited performances yet. In On the Road, which is in theaters Dec. 21, she engages in an orgiastic dance-off and plenty of onscreen sex with the gang of young vagabonds, led by charismatic womanizer Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and his introspective writer-pal, Sal Paradise (Sam Riley). …

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