It’s been a crazy few months for Kristen Stewart fans. Not only did she score a major role in the blockbuster adaptation of the highly-acclaimed book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but she also recently wrapped production on her star-making performance in the independent feature, Saving Mr. Banks. Now that we’ve had a chance to process all of that, it’s time to look ahead to the future and see what exciting projects Kristen has lined up for us.
The Tiger King
Yes, as if The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo wasn’t enough, Netflix picked up the entire Tiger King series (in which Stewart plays a major role) for a second season earlier this year. If you’re unfamiliar, Tiger King is a celebrity-chef competition show that focuses on the often-violent rivalry between the King of all cats and the Bengal Tiger. It’s become a worldwide phenomenon, with some countries—like the U.S.—appearing to be obsessed with the show (and its many controversies).
Netflix’s decision to bring back Tiger King for a second season was met with widespread condemnation from animal-rights activists and scientists, who say that documenting animal abuse is disturbing and may inspire more violence toward animals. But for fans of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the show’s shocking content is exactly what they want to see (and it seems to be helping the series’ ratings). In the meantime, Stewart’s character Carole is set to return for a guest appearance in the upcoming second season.
Apart from acting, Stewart is also an aspiring astrophysicist and stargazer. In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I, she portrays a character named Lizbeth, who becomes entranced by astronomy and eventually joins the astronomy faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While on set, Stewart held classes for the other actors, sharing her knowledge and passion for astronomy with them.
Now that she’s completing her degree in astrophysics, it’s time for Stewart to start looking for a job. She recently In Touch‘ Kristin Steward, “revealed” that she is looking for teaching positions in either California or Massachusetts, where she can continue doing what she loves best: teaching and researching astronomy.
As we’ve established above, Stewart is a fanatical adventurer and thrill seeker, which perhaps explains why she has such an impressive resumé. Aside from her work in movies and TV, she has also climbed Mount Everest twice (she even wrote a book about it), skydived with the U.S. Army Parachute Regiment, and raced across the Antarctic on a motorcycle with her filmmaker partner, Robert Pattinson (who plays her on-screen husband in The Twilight Saga).
Earlier this year, Stewart was featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where she spoke about her love for exploring the world and meeting new people. She also let slip that she was approached by U.S. soldiers to be part of a reality television show, but she turned them down. Perhaps she’s looking to add a few more experiences to her résumé.
In a move that will delight her fans, Stewart has been developing a documentary film about the environmental impact of palm oil. Since the 1980s, palm oil has taken over the market share from regular vegetable oils, largely due to its relatively high smoke point (ability to withstand higher temperatures before becoming damaged or ruined). Unfortunately, palm oil is also among the most destructive oils when it comes to the environment. For instance, its production causes significant soil erosion, and the clearing of rainforest to make way for palm plantations is threatening many animals’ habitats.
Stewart’s documentary will look into the issue from every angle, profiling the people and the communities that are fighting to protect nature while also exploring the demand for palm oil.
It’s clear that Stewart is a force to be reckoned with, professionally and personally. While we wait for her next big break, let’s enjoy the fact that she has so much to look forward to in her career. We can only hope that she continues to be as successful as she deserves to be.