It’s been a year since the Twilight films ended and while we still love our fantasy-come-true story, it’s time to move on with our lives.
Now that we’ve all had time to process, we can look back on the films with fondness and try on new facets of each of our characters.
One such character is Kristen Stewart. The daughter of actor Donald Stewart and step-sister of Twilight stars, Robert Pattinson, Kristen grew up in the spotlight and went on to study acting at NYU.
Having already achieved major fame, Kristen then took on the role of Bella Swan in the hugely successful Twilight franchise. Despite her fame, Kristen has remained close to her mother and brothers and has made it a point to keep a low profile since finishing her role in the film series.
However, since The Twilight Saga ended, we’ve seen Kristen take on more substantial roles in critically-acclaimed indie films like Personal Shopper and she’s even lent her voice to a video game.
Although she’s kept a low profile, we now know that Kristen is fully committed to her studies and has even got a new certification in screenwriting. With this newfound interest in writing, we wondered if Kristen had shared any of her experiences from the set of Twilight with us?
Fortunately, the one-year anniversary of The Twilight Saga has inspired us to dive into Kristen’s archives and pull out some old favorites. One of our favorites was a short story called ‘The Best Friend’. Written by Kristen, it was published in June 2016 and is included in the collection ‘Luminous: Twilight Revisited’.
The story is set in New York City and revolves around the relationship between Jane, a struggling artist, and Abby, a photographer who becomes Jane’s best friend. After being introduced by Jane, Abby visits her once a week to chat and catch up on what’s happening in their lives.
It’s a sweet and quirky friendship story that highlights just how much these two ladies had in common. It’s no secret that both Kristen and Jane struggle with their careers on a daily basis. Just like Kristen, Jane dreamed of being a successful artist, only to find that the market hadn’t really wanted her work. Like Jane, Kristen also found that her style didn’t connect with buyers, leading her to try her hand at photography. And like Abby, Kristen’s relationship with her family is important to her. In fact, it inspired her to write the story in the first place.
“The Best Friend” is a beautiful and heartwarming story about the importance of family and how much we need them in our lives even if we can’t always be there for them. It’s one of our all-time favorite Twilight stories and we’re excited to share it with you.
The Making Of An Actor
Aside from sharing a special bond with her family, Kristen has also spoken about the importance of finding your ‘zone’ while acting. In an interview with Marie Claire, Kristen said:
“I think that acting is one of the most difficult jobs in the world because it takes a lot of patience and self-discipline to get good at it. When I was first starting, I would always compare acting to being an artist in the literal sense of the word. In the same way that an artist has to be patient while creating their work, an actor needs to be patient while delivering their lines. You simply can’t rush perfection.”
This quote really resonated with us because we can relate. Just like any other creative field, being an actor is mostly about putting in the hours and learning from your mistakes. But in order to make it in this business, you need to believe in yourself and have confidence that you’re doing the right thing. We can relate to Kristen’s story because we’ve been there ourselves. After appearing in smaller indie films and garnering some critical praise for our roles, we decided to follow our passions and booked a workshop with a renowned acting coach. After months of hard work, we finally felt ready to tackle the industry. And like Kristen, we couldn’t have been more excited about it.
Just like many other industries, being a film actor isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of dedication and it’s definitely not a walk in the park.
With that being said, we can’t help but wonder what will become of Kristen’s acting career since the conclusion of Twilight. Will she land another blockbuster? Or will her steady stream of indie films lead to another stint in front of the camera? Only time will tell but as long as she continues to work hard and has faith in her abilities, we’re sure she’ll land on her feet.
Style Is Everything
While we can’t quite place our finger on it, there is something about Kristen that just draws us in. It’s not just her engaging smile or her perfectly shaped eyebrows, it’s her overall aesthetic. We feel like we can tell her story because it feels familiar – it feels like something we’ve seen or done before. Which isn’t a bad thing; there’s a reason why we keep coming back to her blog and her Twitter account. While she might not always share her stories, she does let us in on her opinions and thoughts on fashion and style, whether it’s with an outfit or a short film.
What Would Kristen Wear Now?
With the conclusion of Twilight, we were curious to see what Kristen would wear now. Surely, she wouldn’t keep the same style as Bella, would she? After all, the girl has had a whole year of living her best life as a free person and we wonder how her wardrobe has changed?
Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait long to find out. Just one year after The Twilight Saga wrapped, Kristen took to her Instagram to share a picture of herself in an orange dress with the caption:
“As you may have guessed, I didn’t wait until Easter to wear my orange dress again. 🙂 It’s one of my favorite looks because it’s vibrant and happy, and what’s more is that it’s one of the few dresses that flatters all women and especially women with bigger bodies. Especially in light of the criticisms that the fashion industry often faces for making women feel that they have to be skinny to look good, I wanted to support my favorite fashion house in their efforts to represent women of all shapes and sizes beautifully. #Dior #orangedress #fashionislife #equality.”
So it seems like Kristen is still dedicated to supporting women’s rights and she’s still not afraid to show off her curves either. It also seems that she still loves orange and yellow and it’s great to see that she’s still embracing her inner child while also growing up. We’re really happy for her. What a fantastic role model she’ll be for the next generation of girls!
What Does Kristen Think Of The Franchise?
When it comes to Twilight, we’re really not sure how Kristen feels. It’s been a year since the films finished and while some fans may still hold out hope that she’ll come back for one more adventure, we think it would be best for both parties if they just remained friends.
We can understand why Kristen would feel this way. After all, it’s not like she made a lot of money from the films and although she’s had success since, it hasn’t been in the same league as her previous endeavors. And you know what, we can’t blame her. Despite its phenomenal success, Twilight was a difficult film to market. In the same way that Jane’s photography didn’t connect with the masses, Bella’s fashion choices didn’t resonate with today’s society. For the first film, Dior even apologized for their choice of wardrobe and stated that they didn’t have enough clothes that fit Bella’s shape. It seems that even in the fashion sphere, which has opened up to women of all shapes and sizes, Twilight can still find itself at the bottom of the pile.
More Than Meets The Eye
Besides the fact that we just really like Kristen and her fashion choices, we’ve also been thoroughly captivated by her writing. We were even more intrigued by the idea that Kristen would keep a blog and share her thoughts and experiences from the set of Twilight with her audience. We eagerly awaited her May 2016 post, which was titled ‘A Year In Review’ and began:
“I wrote this short article as a way to look back on the past year and reflect on all the important events that happened. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!