Why Kristen Stewart Never Smiles for the Paparazzi

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Kristen Stewart doesn’t want to smile if she doesn’t want to smile. And that’s that.

Aug 7, 2014 | 07:24 PM

Kristen Stewart is not only an incredible actress, but one who also has managed to go about her career without pandering to the public eye. Specifically, she won't go out of her way to smile.

In what promises to be an insightful upcoming interview with Elle Magazine, Stewart explores the pressures that have emerged with celebrity—even over something as simple as smiling: “Now I feel like if I smiled for a paparazzi photo—not that I ever would—that’s exactly what people would be desecrating me for. They’d be like, ‘now you’re going to give it up, now you’re a sellout.’ Like, okay. What do you want? What would you like?”

She goes on to explain, "The day ["Twilight"] came out, there was a picture of me—in the New York Post, I think. I was sitting on my front porch, smoking a pipe with my ex-boyfriend and dog. And I was like, Oh s***. Well, I have to be aware of that."

Stewart also said that she tries not to let the public control her career; she simply wants to do what feels natural: "Never, at any point, have I sat down and plotted how I should proceed from here on. As soon as you start thinking about your career as a trajectory—like, as if you’re going to miss out on some wave or momentum—then you’re never doing anything for yourself, anyway. Then you’re truly, actually, specifically working for the public. You’re turning yourself into a bag of chips." 

Whether smiling or not, we’re looking forward to whatever she chooses to do in the future. And we can't wait to read the full interview in Elle Magazine (available online August 19 and in print via newstands August 12).

Cover image credit: Getty Images 

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