There’s more to Kristen Stewart than just Twilight. Believe it or not, the 24 year old actress had roles long before the vampire saga, and continues to shine years after Twilight’s last installment Breaking Dawn Part 2.
Even though I’m a massive fan of The Twilight Saga myself, I am still aware that many aren’t, and have unfortunately judged the actors involved because of this; Kristen getting the brunt of criticisms. So I thought I’d share with you all some of my favourite films that she has starred in besides Twilight, in the hope that you can all give her a second chance, and see that her talents go far and beyond the role of Bella.
The Runaways is one of my all time favourite films, depicting the successes and failures of the first all girl American rock band in the 70’s. Kristen Stewart plays the role of Joan Jett, most known for her hit ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ when she pursued a solo career after the split of the band. Stewart’s performance of Jett is spot on, and she was even able to get guidance from the legend herself whilst the film was being made. Even though the film tackles important issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, it is also full of fun, with a soundtrack including performances of the band’s hits performed by the cast, along with the original tracks, and classic 70’s rock such as David Bowie and The Stooges. The band’s success was mainly in America and Japan, so a film like this is really important to introduce the music to viewers who may not have had the opportunity to enjoy it otherwise.
In Adventureland Kristen plays the role of Em – a teenager with a carefree personality, but who is actually having a difficult time at home after her mum died and she doesn’t get along with her dad’s new wife. She works at theme park Adventureland where she meets James (played by Jesse Eisenberg) who is working there for the summer to pay for his plans to travel. Adventureland is full of comedy from the start, and set in the 80’s, has a brilliant soundtrack to accompany the era.
Snow White & The Huntsman
Kristen Stewart is Snow White in this new take on the fairytale classic. It’s a much darker adaptation, so if you were expecting something similar to the Disney film, you’ll be disappointed. I think this is great though because it’s still mixing with fantasy, but in a more Game Of Thrones way, although less explicit and violent. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are also big names in the film so there is much to look forward to.
Panic Room is one of Stewart’s earliest films, being only 12 years old when she played the role of Sarah. The film revolves around Sarah and her mum (Jodie Foster) who move house, only to have it broken in to, but luckily the house came with a panic room which they thought they’d never have to use. When it turns out that the money the thieves are after is hidden underneath the panic room, Sarah and her mum Meg must find a way to get help, without getting hurt in the process. This film is a suspense thriller, so completely different from the others mentioned. It will have you on the edge of your seat, and proves how talented Kristen Stewart has been from a young age.
Welcome To The Rileys
We get to see a whole new role for Kristen Stewart in this film, when she plays the part of Mallory who is a stripper. The late James Gandolfini is Doug, a middle aged man who’s marriage is struggling after the death of their teenage daughter. When he wanders in to a strip club whilst away on business, he meets Mallory who instantly reminds him of his daughter, and he takes pity on the lifestyle that she’s having to lead. In order to try and get her on the straight and narrow, Doug cleans up Mallory’s living conditions, pays her rent, buys new furniture, and shows her that she’s worth a lot more than the life she’s living. Expect some bad language and shots of Kristen’s bum, but most of all, from a film that debuted at Sundance Film Festival, you can expect a serious drama that will hit your heart in all the right places.
Kristen Stewart has many more films to her name, such as In The Land Of Women, On The Road, and The Cake Eaters. But I wanted to make sure to share with you the ones I could watch over, and over, and over. So if you weren’t a fan of the Twilight films, please give this actress another chance, and experience the many other roles that she has to offer.
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