Kristen Stewart talks with WDD!

Call it a mother-and-child reunion of sorts. Kristen Stewart and her “Twilight” daughter Mackenzie Foy were among the young old friends who met up at the Chanel Beauty House debut in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

It’s a back-to-front full-circle story,” said Stewart, referring to the symbiotic relationship between herself and the house: she’s an official muse, and Chanel has supported her films “Personal Shopper” and “Sils Maria” with wardrobes and press tour garb.

“The first two times I ever met Karl [Lagerfeld], or the team he worked with, which definitely came before meeting him, I saw they have an ease in which they approach aesthetic. While being visionary and revolutionary, they also know how to accept people for who they are and allow that to inform the story they want to tell. So I never felt like I was working for someone who was like, ‘Listen, I need you to look a certain way, I need you to say this thing.’ They always, as I grew up, felt my trajectory and energy and worked with it. In a business that’s totally about looks and how you present yourself, that’s a really honest way of doing that. And it’s totally not normal. I was like, ‘Yeah, I would love to help you tell your stories and help you make your art. I do something else entirely, but if you think this dress will do the thing and I respond to it…’ To watch people who do that, especially as an actor, it’s kind of the same feeling you have when you see a director find their vision,” she said.



Kristen Stewart attends the Chanel Beauty House!







Chloe Sevigny talks with Playboy on working with Kristen Stewart!

It’s 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of Sundance and one of the most shocking scenes at the festival is rolling on screen. Audiences are watching a nude Chloe Sevigny raise an axe in the crescendoing murder sequence of Lizzie,a film that attempts to detail how the infamous Ms. Borden came to influence history—and our treatment of female criminals—forever. Indeed, the real-life Borden was never charged for the 1892 crime, so her guilt is debatable, but her permanence as a gothic icon is not. In Sevigny’s take on the still-unsolved mystery, a love story between Borden and her housemaid, Bridget (Kristen Stewart), drives the story, offering an alternative approach to the motivations that may have driven the young woman to kill.

The film begins when an Irish maid comes to work for the Borden family. Constantly on thin ice with her strict father Andrew (Jamey Sheridan) and stepmother Abby (Fiona Shaw), Borden is frowned upon in the town. When she goes to the theater one night alone, she garners stares for being an unmarried women who is, well, out and alone. The scrutiny causes her to have a seizure and she’s rushed home. This is when her relationship with the maid, Bridget, begins to blossom.

Throughout the film Lizzie’s father becomes increasingly paranoid and frustrated with his daughter and, worse, abusive to Bridget. As their affections grow, so does the tension in the Borden house, creating a climate apt for emotional upheaval.

Playboy Contributing Writer Meredith Alloway had a chance to sit down with Sevigny at Sundance to discuss her quintessentially terrifying new role. “I just knew that I had to play her. I felt so much empathy for her and her circumstances,” Sevigny says. It’s this empathetic approach to the character that makes the film more complex than some of Hollwood’s previous attempts. And at a time when women are breaking barriers on and off screen, Lizzie feels strikingly relevant.

You’ve referred to Lizzie Borden as a gothic icon, and I love that. Gothic cinema and its characters seem to be making a comeback. Why do you think that that is?
In political turmoil, similar to in the 1960s, horror films experience a resurgence. Whenever there’s a political upheaval, people go back to that. American Horror Storyblowing up is an example. I think people are just discovering that.

Some might call Lizzie Borden an anti-hero and there’s a growing trend toward featuring those female archetypes in film, I, Tonya being one example.
I mean, Lizzie’s an outlaw. Part of the reason why she got off was because these 12 men couldn’t imagine a woman performing these acts, and I think it’s shocking seeing a woman performing that kind of violence on screen, in the nude, as you will here.

Is Lizzie Borden a character you’ve wanted to play for years?
Yes—actually, a friend of mine showed up at my house one year for Halloween dressed as Lizzie. She just had a photo of an axe safety-pinned to her back, and she has really red hair, as Lizzie does, and this Victorian outfit. We started talking about Lizzie and doing some internet research. I realized the murder house had become a bed and breakfast. My boyfriend at the time and I stayed in the house and as part of the experience, you tour the house. As they were telling the story of this woman in this house and these murders, I just knew that I had to play her. I felt so much empathy for her and her circumstances.

What was the untold story you wanted to explore here? The writer, Bryce Kass, has said there are a lot of black holes, especially related to the actual murder.
The murders are still unsolved and there are so many theories, but I don’t think there’s one that hasn’t been explored because there are so many books. Bridget was in the proximity of where the murders happened and a pivotal witness in trial. We wanted her to be involved, and everybody loves a good love story. We wanted to give Lizzie that escape. We’ve always thought of her as tortured and having no love and being in this old household. Then there were accounts of her traveling through Europe and having close relationships with women. She did develop a relationship with actress Nance O’Neil, and her sister abandoned her after her trials, supposedly because she disapproved of her lifestyle. So there were a lot of things that pointed to that. Also, it was more about smashing the patriarchy.

Would you say the murders were justified?
I am still a little worried about that, if there’ll be a feminist backlash.

But what was your choice playing Lizzie? Was it justified to her?
I think she saw that it was her only way out. She knew the abuse that was going on with Bridget, and she wanted to save Bridget and herself. She had this idea of them running off into the sunset together.

You spent eight years pitching the film. It’s great that producers are starting to sign on to feminist narratives, but in that time, would anyone listen to you?
Getting a movie made is so hard, and one of the harder things is pushing control over to other producers. Filmmaking is collaborative. There are a lot of things in the original script that didn’t make it into the final cut, and it’s hard to let go of those things. We’re lucky we got Kristen; without her, we probably wouldn’t have gotten the movie made. So, god bless her for that. Now, I think people are more interested in telling these kinds of stories and having female leads. And I’m happy the movie’s coming out at this moment, it’s very timely, and I’m hoping the world will see it.

What didn’t make it into the film?
Certain lines, scenes, emotions. There’s a whole other storyline, an entire other aspect to Kristen and my characters’ relationship where [Bridget] questions what they’re doing, whether it’s immoral. It was beautiful and added depth to their relationship. That was hard to let go of.

In the film, Lizzie and Bridget exist in this bubble of sweetness amidst the awfulness happening around them. Why did you pick Kristen for the role?
I’m always drawn in by her whenever I see her on a screen. Just captivated by her. I liked our size difference and our color differences, how we would look on screen together. Also, her persona, who she is as a person. Even in casting my own short films and looking at a lot of actresses, I’m looking at who they are in their guts, wanting to choose someone who I really believe in. And I believe in the choices that [Kristen] makes. I think she’s a true artist through and through. I wanted someone who would go out on a limb for me, go to bat for me, and she did. She said, “You’re the reason I’m here doing this movie, Chloe.”

We are kindred. She’s definitely a misfit, and I feel like now that I’m getting older—well, I don’t know if I can claim that anymore. I think we are more than just actresses…I hope we are, you know what I mean? There was a real—I don’t want to speak for her—but there was a real desire between us, an admiration. So there was intimacy, spark and chemistry.

How did it feel showing this in front of audiences when #MeTo is top of mind, especially since this film deals with misogyny and abuse?
I mean, look at the Bridget character. She couldn’t speak out and there was no one to help her. Anything that can empower women to find their voice, to seek help, or feel emboldened, I want to be a part of that. With Time’s Up—I’m not necessarily aligned with them—but I believe in what they’re doing, and if they help women with funding, lawsuits and finding their voices? I’m all for that.

Lizzie was picked up at Sundance by Saban Films and is set to hit theaters this summer.



Chloe Sevigny talks with Variety on working with Kristen Stewart!

Sevigny made the trip to Sundance for the premiere of her drama “Lizzie,” about Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892 Massachusetts. Sevigny co-produced the movie, having long been fascinated with Borden’s life.

Kristen Stewart plays Borden’s maid, Bridget Sullivan, who is believed to have had a romantic relationship with her. “I’m such a fan of Kristen,” Sevigny said. “She’s such a firecracker. I’m so honored. She said, ‘Chloe, I want to do this for you.’ There are so many movies I’ve done supporting other women and their performances are stellar.”

She said their chemistry came naturally. “What are you kidding? I think there’s a mutual admiration. I think we both really identify with an outlaw, misfit character.”

As for their love scenes in the film, Sevigny laughed: “There was a little bit of steam,” she said. “I wish there was more.”




Happy Five Years Talking Kristen Stewart!

Dear Talking Kristen Stewart fans, 

It’s been five years since I started the Talking Kristen Stewart fan page in December of 2012. When I started the Talking Kristen Stewart fan page five years ago I really had no idea how far it would go and its been amazing. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your love, support of the page for the past five years really does mean a lot to me more than you will ever know. Also for your love Kristen.  I really do appreciate YOU THE FANS because if weren’t you the page wouldn’t be where it is and I hope that continues. It means lot that you all love what I do on here and I hope that continues as well. Thank you for the best five years! -Admin D 




Kristen Stewart talks with WWD!

GIRL POWER: Kristen Stewart won’t say if she’s officially on board for Sony’s “Charlie’s Angels” reboot, but she’s a big fan of the project. Speaking after Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show in Hamburg on Wednesday, the actress revealed she is up to speed with the planned film, to be directed by Elizabeth Banks.

“Whoever ends up being in that movie, I can tell you right now — because I’m friends with Liz Banks — I mean, I can tell you it’s going to be really good,” she said, adding that she is a fan of the story about members of a female private detective agency.

“I think it’s a good time right now to do another one, because we’ve all changed so much. Women have changed so much, or at least maybe just, you know, perception and the cadence and volume of the voice of women has definitely changed. And I know Liz pretty well, and she’s going to reflect that, and I think it’ll be something to be really proud of,” she added.

The “Twilight” actress, who in recent years has starred mainly in independent films, has also made her first foray into directing with the short “Come Swim,” recently released as part of Refinery29’s female-focused Shatterbox Shorts program.

Fittingly — since the venue of the Chanel show was the Elbphilharmonie concert hall overlooking the port of Hamburg — the film is all about water.

“It scares me. It’s just it’s something that’s so essential and vital, yet so utterly overpowering, and it’s kind of one of those things, you know, it’s just a really good metaphor: if you fight something like that, you’re going to tire and drown,” Stewart said, adding that the film is about allowing yourself to float rather than struggle.



Kristen Stewart attends the CHANEL MÉTIERS D’ART Parade!