The 30-year-old “Twilight” star has become the main character of the new issue of InStyle. In an interview, Kristen Stewart spoke a little about her sexuality and public relationships.
On playing the roles of gay characters:
The first couple of times I played queer [people belonging to sexual minorities], I myself was not yet openly queer. It seems to me that it is no coincidence that I choose stories and characters – I represent what I stand for. I think it’s important that we try on different roles and put ourselves in the shoes of other people in order to expand ourselves and our knowledge. Nor should we take the place of those people who tell their story.
On the pressure of public relations:
When I first started dating a girl, I was immediately asked if I was a lesbian. And I thought, “God, I’m only 21.” Perhaps it hurt the people I had a relationship with. Not to say that I was ashamed to be openly gay, but I did not like the publicity on this issue. It was like stealing. There was a period of time when I was secretive. Even in my previous relationship, which was traditional, we did our best not to be photographed. Before, I still did not understand what pressure is being put on you if you represent a minority group. And now I can see it.
Kristen also admitted that this year, on the day of her 30th birthday, she quit drinking and smoking:
I woke up on April 9th and thought: “I need to pull myself together.” At the beginning of the pandemic, I drank too much, so I quit drinking and smoking. It’s embarrassing to say it, it sounds so corny, but it’s true.