Hollywood stars are generally no strangers to scandal and critique. Some actors, however, find that certain roles or series attract particularly strong reactions, some of them negative, and that the public hatred of their characters can spill over onto them. This public enmity can be made worse if the celebrities in question also have personal lives that do not stand up to the critical gaze of a negative audience. Over the last few years, this has happened to Kristen Stewart after her role as Bella Swan in the highly-divisive "Twilight" film series.
As well as having to
face down those who appear to detest her because of her part in the
romantic vampire movies, Stewart has also had to deal with "Twilight"
fans turning against her in droves after it was revealed that she had
had a brief affair with Rupert Sanders, the married director of "Snow
White and the Huntsman," whom she met while filming. The fans are now
accusing her of disloyalty to the ideals of "Twilight" and of being a
home wrecker and sexually promiscuous. Those who dislike "Twilight" are
generally being quieter in tone than before the scandal was breached,
but the general feeling is that she has somehow proven them right in
their negative assessment of both the actor and the franchise.
how is the young actor dealing with the waves of bile that continue to
wash her way? In typically open fashion, Stewart refuses to let any of
the negativity flowing her way get her down. She says that she does not
care about the hatred piling up against her on the Internet and social
media. She has gone on record as saying "It's not a terrible thing if
you're either loved or hated," noting that the important thing for her
is to continue to do her own thing. She has, however, apologized to
those who are upset at her behavior, adding that she never intended to
Although Stewart has previously chosen to withdraw
somewhat from public life as a response to the anger and hatred that
people have poured in her direction, she now seems to be more centered
and is looking to resume going out. She notes that her attempts to
withdraw from criticism left her feeling closed off, and she hopes that
resuming normal social activities will help her to connect with the
public again. This mature response is a good indicator that she has
developed a great deal in the last five years, whether despite or
because of the adversity she has faced.
Stewart notes that she is
rather shy by nature when not in character, and she has come to realize
that this can come off as aloof or disinterested. She has also
expressed a desire to be able to do her job without having to come up
with regular soundbites, and she particularly dislikes talking about
herself. However, her new resolution to handle the public-facing aspects
of her chosen career in a more open way suggests that, as she
approaches her mid-twenties, Stewart is developing the skills she needs
to handle the ups and downs of celebrity in the Internet and
Rather than regretting her mistakes and their
consequences, Kristen Stewart seems to be using them as an opportunity
to develop and grow. She is seeking lessons rather than forgiveness, and
this should stand her in good stead for the long and no doubt turbulent
career that is often the reward for troubled Hollywood celebrities.
Despite Stewart's insistence that she will not "kowtow to the
celebrity-industrial complex," her natural outgoing character and
spontaneous actions appear to create as much drama as her acting, which
can only be good for her films' publicity. After all, without this sort
of ongoing interest, whether positive or negative, stars very rarely
hold the public's attention for long.