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Kristen Stewart, who has appeared in campaigns for Chanel and is regularly front-row at its shows, is to appear in a film being made for the French house’s next Métiers d’Arts show, scheduled for Dec. 1 in Rome.

Sitting in the director’s chair, Karl Lagerfeld wrapped the two-day shoot at Luc Besson’s studio in Paris last month, and conceived the intriguing storyline: A fictional, behind-the-scenes look at a yet-to-be-made biopic about founder Gabrielle Chanel.

Stewart is to portray an actress slated to impersonate the designer as a young woman, while Geraldine Chaplin, who has portrayed a middle-aged Chanel in previous films by Lagerfeld, is in the frame, too.

Lagerfeld said Stewart, best known for the “Twilight” series and her recent turn in “Still Alice,” relished the role, and played it to the hilt. “She played it really, really mean,” he said. “You only see her in tests and she’s complaining about everything. She’s mean with the director; mean with the producer.”

Much of the movie takes place in the office of the would-be film’s producer, and a corridor. Lagerfeld conceived the plot, dialogue, costumes and casting, also roping in Harper’s Bazaar editor Laura Brown to portray an American journalist. “They make so many movies about Chanel, why can’t I make one?” he shrugged.

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18 August 2015 @ 11:54 am

The genre-meshing American Ultra can't squeeze into a logline. What starts as a stoner love story explodes into a Bourne-esque spy saga before gracefully decompressing into something unexpectedly intimate. There are wandering conversations set against starscapes and weed smoke, there are black ops assaults in sporting goods stores, there are emotional confessions, there are knife fights, there's slapstick humor, there's Justified actor Walton Goggins lighting cars on fire with psychotic hubris. But American Ultra, in theaters Friday, always comes back to its leads, Jesse Eisenberg as the absent-minded Mike whose super-soldier genetics are "activated" by the FBI, and Kristen Stewart's Phoebe, the love of his life who doesn't take government intrusion lightly. With marijuana, unexpected firearm skills, and a bevy of eccentricities, the couple navigates the film's twisted scenario. Which had us wondering: Do Stewart and Eisenberg share anything in common with two pot-smoking , gut-toting, confused-as-hell heroes? Talking to the two actors during a recent press stop in New York City, we ran down the checklist:

They've fired real guns: True.

Once, much to my chagrin. I was with a couple of friends, one who goes to a gun range in Los Angeles—which I really thought that was crazy. But I went. You can walk in and say—and I've never handled a gun, right?—"Give me that one." Even if [it's too big] to hold it. Guns make me really uncomfortable. Even in the movie. I took it so seriously because I wanted to respect it. Respect its power. People get weird around them, too. Either people get super-excited and like adrenaline-pumped or people are the type to step back. And I'm definitely the type to step back.

Eisenberg: Me, too. But luckily our characters are pacifists. We're skittish, they're skittish. Perfect match.

Stewart: Skittish—such a good word.

Like Eisenberg's Mike, they're doodlers: False.

Eisenberg: We had these great artists come on set and I would have to draw the last line of something to make it look like I was drawing the whole thing and it was like, without exception, my last line ruined the drawing. Even if it was like an inch long. How could I possibly ruin it? But I fucked it up with one extra squiggle over the monkey's ear. Somehow I ruined the thing.

And like Stewart's Phoebe, they see a woman sacrificing in the name of love as an admirable quality: True.

It's really cool to see somebody accept compromise so willingly because of a selfless human connection. Which ultimately is selfish, because that's what you want. But it's just lovely to see someone give something up. It's why I wanted to do Twilight. Literally. That's why I thought it was so silly when people would be like, "So how do you feel about playing such a weak character that's so subject to the male counterpart?" And I'm like, "She's practicing free will." I think it's so courageous and cool, especially considering she worked so hard to get to where she was and she probably, through him, learned more about herself, which is that she disagrees with that lifestyle and prefers to live with him. It's also cool to see someone make a change in life, a drastic change. Usually people get comfortable and kind of carry on. These kids are cool. I admire Mike and Phoebe.

Eiseneberg: Her character, you realize, is the strongest character in the movie. She kind of plays various levels of vulnerability and you realize it's for an effect.

Kristen has punched Topher Grace: True.

I actually did that. I accidentally did that. It's the second time it's happened to me. [Topher] had a cartoon lump that raised on his forehead as he stood in front of me. I was like, "Oh, God." But he was fine. I'm quite small.

Walton Goggins, who reaches peak craziness in American Ultra, is as wild in real life as he appears to be: True-ish.

Eisenberg: [Long pause] He's... a very committed actor and was playing a very terrifying character. I now know him—he's a very sweet, nice, normal guy—but he is a very committed actor who was playing a very crazy character. It was for the best for the movie. And also he was terrifying.

Their jobs have "activated" skills hidden inside of them: True.

Eisenberg: Only from acting did I realize I have a lot of dormant anger. And then you're asked to portray it in a fictional setting

Stewart: And it just comes out so hard!

Eisenberg: You realize, I must have had this somewhere. You can perform it, but it actually felt cathartic in some way.

Stewart: Honestly I think that—and people could run with this, coming out of my mouth, for sure—but I think [anger] is the easiest emotion to access, for whatever reason. I think by nature of raising your voice, it's a physical, sense memory trigger. I don't think you're alone there.

Eisenberg: Oh, that's too bad.

Stewart: I don't think it's revealing a lot of buried animosity.

Eisenberg: I just don't want to live in a world where everyone has this quick-trigger anger.

Stewart: That's what freaks me out, too. People always say, "You play angry so well." But I don't know why, I'm not an angry person!

They've suffered from weed-induced paranoia: Uh...

Eisenberg: I've had... illegal paranoid experiences irrespective to what I've done prior to the experience.

Okay, they suffer from general paranoia: True.

Eisenberg: How much time do we have? I'm always paranoid. There's this Woody Allen line, he says something along the lines of, "Nine out of ten times the paranoid person's right." Something like that.

Stewart: I think I overthink interactions. I think I'm a little socially paranoid. I think I will definitely sit in a restaurant and be like, "Everyone is staring at me," when they're fucking not. I'm totally paranoid about that. But it's weird to be paranoid about something that's so consistently true and when it's not. You feel like an idiot, like an absolute crazy person.

Eisenberg: This guy on the street last night said, "I love you!" and—I'm on movie posters now, so I thought he was talking to me, and sometimes people say that—and I was like, "Yeah, I love you too man." And then I realized he was talking to his girlfriend right behind me. And I just ran away. I obnoxiously made a remark back and he was talking to his girlfriend. I was so embarrassed.

17 August 2015 @ 12:59 pm

Earlier this month, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg made a popular Funny or Die video where the two skewer the type of interview questions that they are usually asked. And, now, here, I enter the lion’s den, so to speak (actually, it was more like a hotel conference room) trying to ask interview questions. I’ve interviewed heavyweight champion boxers before, but’s these two, together, made me feel a little overcome with anxiety.

Stewart and Eisenberg are promoting American Ultra, their second feature film together following 2009’s wonderful Adventureland (and they will both appear together next year in Woody Allen’s next film). In American Ultra, Eisenberg and Stewart play Mike and Phoebe, two pot-loving human beings who must cope with adversity after Mike discovers that he’s a secret government agent and is being hunted by bureaucrats who want him dead.

Ahead, Stewart discusses how Twilight still looms over her career, even when it comes to her award winning performances, like in Clouds of Sils Maria — and as Stewart moves on from a big franchise film, Eisenberg explains why he wants to get involved in one with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They also both talk about the nature of interviews and their general attitude toward the whole process. Additionally, Stewart shares her thoughts on an inevitable Twilight reboot.

Nothing is more uncomfortable to me than interviewing two people at the same time.

Kristen Stewart:
Because we’re ganging up on you. Do you use those journalistic tricks?

I don’t have any tricks.

Where you say something and don’t comment? Isn’t that one of the things where you ask questions, but don’t contribute anything?

Jesse Eisenberg: So, what do you mean? What would that be?

Stewart: So, you ask someone’s opinion about something, but it’s a very one-sided conversation. You will not effect or make them think you accept or deny anything to keep them going – talking, talking, talking, talking.

Eisenberg: Yes, yes, I’ve seen that.

Stewart: And you get to the end of a conversation and you feel like you’ve just divulged everything and you’ve gotten nothing back and it’s like, how did you do that? You kept talking to me and yet I’ve gotten nothing from you, yet I’ve given you everything.

I probably interject my own opinions too much.

Eisenberg: That’s comforting, in a way.

I should take this advice.

Eisenberg: [Laughs] Yeah, you should hold your cards close to the vest.

But you two have known each other for a long time, and I’m this stranger who enters the room.

Eisenberg: Do you want to lie down?

And then you two made that video about the dumb questions you get asked.

Eisenberg: Oh, I see. But I can’t imagine you would ever do questions to her that would be offensive to her based on gender normative behavior. I’m serious, that’s not your style.

But I know that happens a lot. I call it the “If you could steal a smooch from anyone in Hollywood?” question, from Natalie Portman’s SNL Digital Short rap.

Oh, Natalie Portman rapping! I did see that because I was blown away by her rapping.

But both of you get those type of questions.

Eisenberg: Not me. I don’t really feel like I do.

Stewart: Recently, I’ve been doing slightly more and it really does pertain to the five minute, overtly commercial interviews.

A video where you have to play a game or something?

Yeah, exactly. Or if you’re doing a movie that is also very commercial – they want it quick and they don’t want anything that will make you stutter or think twice about anything. So, if you’re not good at being cute and funny in five minutes, you feel condemned. And it’s like, my God, maybe I’m not good at that – I acknowledge that – but why should the reaction be that I’m stupid in some way.

A couple of years ago, the headlines were that Jesse is “a jerk” because of one of those segments.

Stewart: I saw that! My friend showed me that, because they were like, “Jesse Eisenberg seems like such an asshole.” And I was like, “Why? That’s crazy. Why?” And then they showed it to me and I’m like, “He’s not a jerk.”

I spent like 90 minutes with you once for a large piece and in that time I got used to your quirks and humor. Knowing that, that video felt like you were just playing along.

Eisenberg: Yeah, you can’t control how somebody cuts something.

Stewart: She was very, I’m sorry, [looks at my recorder], I’m not speaking to that. [Kristen Stewart whispers into Jesse Eisenberg’s ear.]

When I write this up, this is the part where I insert, “Kristen Stewart whispers into Jesse Eisenberg’s ear.”

Eisenberg: [Laughs] Yeah. “[Dramatically gasps] Kristen?!?! What?!?!” But the thing is, things are so fleeting and transient. You’ll watch them for a day, then no one else remembers making them.

Stewart: And I love how people like to make statements as if they’re feigning true passion, when really they’re just using you opportunistically to get hits on their website. And I’m like, oh, cool, so you pretend like you care about something where you don’t have a thought – you don’t even have a fucking thought about any of it. It’s literally just, “She said one word? Enter it. Fucking harpoon her.”

Eisenberg: With my experience, she had to have done a lot of research and printed out funny pictures. I saw it once, I don’t know if she edited it out, but she had lots of different stuff. It seems like she had plans. And it was a nice interview, I don’t know if she chose to frame it a certain way because it’s more popular that way.

With American Ultra, I’m a fan of “hidden secret skills” in movies, because it gives me hope.

Eisenberg: Like you just start speaking Portuguese or something.

Maybe I am secretly a government spy and I have a skill.

Eisenberg: There’s still hope. It’s funny about this movie because (A) they are the least likely people to have these hidden talents and secretly be fighting machines. But, also, it’s about people who would be government plots to brainwash them.

Between this and Adventureland, I enjoy watching the two of you together in movies. You’re like the new John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. That’s a terrible comparison.

Eisenberg: Did they do other movies together?

They did Two of a Kind.

Eisenberg: Oh, they did?

It’s not very good. Again, this is a terrible comparison. But people think of them together in a nice way.

Eisenberg: Because of Grease, yeah.

Stewart: Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. I said that the other day in an interview and I felt like such a prick, “We’re like…” [laughs]

Eisenberg: Oh yeah? Tossing that off?

Stewart: Whatever!

But we don’t see this kind of thing a lot.

Eisenberg: Yeah, it’s not by design, but it’s wonderful that it has happened.

Stewart: Yeah, when we worked together on Adventureland, I loved it. Well, it’s weird because sometimes you have to fabricate a dynamic and we have happened to fall onto pictures that completely cater to what we already have going on. Which is really fun because the best “acting,” quote-unquote, or the most powerful, I feel, performances, or when people move you, is usually when they are just showing themselves — rather than make something, then show you. So, yeah, it’s fun. I said like years ago, “We need to do this all the time.”

Kristen’s recent movies — American Ultra, Camp X-Ray, and especially Clouds of Sils Maria — are very different. Do you seek that out? Or do you know what you’re looking for when you see it?

Stewart: I had read the script; it was brought to me by a producer I had worked for before…

But even more generally, what do you look for? I’m wording this poorly.

Stewart: I word everything poorly.

I apologize.

Stewart: I apologize for every single thing I’ve said I wish I didn’t.

Eisenberg: I apologize to the two of you.

My headline will be “Kristen Stewart and I Apologize To Each Other While Jesse Eisenberg Watches.”

Eisenberg: Thanks.

Stewart: But I think somebody’s choices, if you’re any kind of creative person — whether you’re an actor, a fucking writer, an artist, anything – it kind of says a lot about you. I have total ADD, I’m not choosing projects to create any sort of library. Like, “Oh, this is going to be my legacy,” or in regards to perception. I’m really going by the gut. I think most people who are really good at what they do usually do it because they just have to. I’ve chosen really instinctively.

Perception is interesting with you, because you’ve been getting good acting reviews since Panic Room with David Fincher, through Clouds of Sils Maria, which you won an award for. But every time, people seem somehow shocked that you’re good.

Stewart: Because Twilight is so huge. Do you know what I mean? Because Twilight infiltrated everyone’s [perception]. I think if you walked into a grocery store and asked somebody if they saw Clouds of Sils Maria or Twilight, they’d probably be like, “Twlight, and she’s a terrible fucking actress.”

Eisenberg: I think if you’re in a really popular thing, it gives people license to criticize you. Not because of the thing for which they are criticizing you, which is not being good for whatever the person is doing in the thing. But just by virtue of that thing being very successful and it’s human instinct to take down that what is successful.

It’s just instinct, exactly.

Eisenberg: Any criticism of something in that is usually separate from what the criticism is.

Stewart: I also feel that anything overtly popular in the United States feels entirely owned by the public, therefore if they don’t deem it worthy, then they’re like, “We put you here. And if you do not bend over and give us absolutely everything we want, then we need to let you know.” They become vindictive. They’re like, “Excuse me…”[

There was some vindictiveness toward the Twilight movies, but I also feel people have been mostly kind to Kristen for her work in recent roles.

Eisenberg: Anyone who works with Kristen or who makes movies or has an understanding of how they’re done thinks she’s one of the greatest actresses right now. People who write mean things are on the outside.

The celebrity blogs?

Eisenberg: Yeah. And those things, if you want to read those, you could spend your life reading them and never finish. But they’d also be very unhelpful.

And now Jesse is getting involved in a huge franchise with Batman v Superman, why did you want to do that, knowing what you just said about how people treat popular things?

Eisenberg: Well, I mean, the thing is great.

Stewart: Big movies can be great.[

But you got a taste of it with the Comic-Con controversy, which is one of the weirdest controversies I’ve seen in some time.

Eisenberg: Right. But if you let that kind of stuff govern your decisions, you’d probably never leave the house, let alone act in a thing. So you can’t. It hurts my feelings terribly, but I guess not enough.

Speaking of big franchises, do you care if Twilight is rebooted?

Stewart: Are they saying that they have to redo them? Like, we have to do them again?

It feels just like talk right now, but everything popular eventually gets rebooted.

Stewart: Right. I was so genuinely, heavily entrenched in that and not in a way that felt like an obligation. Even though after the first one, which stood alone, it lasted a long time. It’s hard to speak to a five year period in a few sentences, but I loved doing it. But that doesn’t mean I want to keep doing it. But if other people? Yeah, sure. To be honest with you: I would be interested. I’d be kind of fascinated, but it wouldn’t emotionally affect me one way or the other.


It’s no surprise to hear Jesse Eisenberg, 31, and Kristen Stewart, 25, finish each other’s sentences.

They have a lot in common.

They’re both smart. They’re both articulate. They both seem unlikely to suffer fools gladly.

The actors star together in the blackly comic movie American Ultra, a contemporary yarn opening Friday about stoners who become action heroes. Eisenberg and Stewart also starred in Adventureland together in 2009; they’ll be a team again for an upcoming Woody Allen movie.

Do they actually like each other?

“Just enough,” snarks Eisenberg, and they both laugh.

“Yeah we do, very much,” he continues. “Kristen is one of the best. She’s a wonderful person and a phenomenal actress.”

American Ultra finds the duo playing laid-back residents of small-town, West Virginia. They’re a couple in love, but they don’t have much else going on. Eisenberg’s character, Mike, suffers from panic attacks that limit his activities. Mostly, he smokes dope and works at a local convenience store.

Stewart’s character, Phoebe, is loving and supportive of Mike, but she’s likewise a massive underachiever.

When it turns out that Mike is actually an experimental government agent capable of genius thinking and great physical prowess, no one is more surprised than he.

American Ultra marks Eisenberg’s debut as an action hero. Sort of.

“To me, the best possible distraction for an actor is to have something physical to do, because it immediately takes you out of your head,” he says. “You can’t second guess yourself or doubt anything, and it’s the best way to invest in your character. So the physical stuff I had to do in this movie was a great help.”

On her side, Stewart (also present for this phone interview) says she took on American Ultra looking for a bit of fun.

“I had just done a ton of heavy stuff,” she says, “and I just wanted something a little lighter. When I got there it was just the opposite — it was as hard as any job I’ve done!”

Eisenberg and Stewart have another thing in common — they both started acting in childhood.

Eisenberg went with his little sister to children’s theatre, where she was enrolled to help her overcome shyness, and he was drawn to performing.

He made his film debut at 18, in a movie called Roger Dodger (2002). Eisenberg has some excellent movies on his CV — The Squid and The Whale, Holy Rollers, Zombieland — and when he starred in The Social Network (2010) as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, he won Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.

And he became a star.

His other films include To Rome with Love, the animated Rio, Now You See Me and The Double; he can be seen this year in The End of The Tour and Louder Than Bombs. The latter will be screened at TIFF.

Eisenberg is also a playwright, having made his off-Broadway debut in 2011 with Asuncion; his other plays are The Revisionist and The Spoils. His collection of short stories, Bream Gives Me Hiccups, will be published in the fall.

Fans are looking forward to Eisenberg’s portrayal of villain Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, knowing he will give the character depth. Eisenberg recently had a taste of the level of fan interest that comes with such a role when he attended Comic-Con.
It was not an entirely pleasant experience.

As he explained, “Even if they’re saying nice things, just being shouted at by thousands of people, it’s horrifying.”

The actor has been photographed a few times with his girlfriend, actress Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), but otherwise he seems adept at keeping his private life private. Will Batman v Superman change that?

“Maybe some days are difficult, like those big media days,” he acknowledges, “but otherwise, life is normal, I guess. Seems kind of normal.”

The sort of attention celebrities are subjected to, says Eisenberg, is thus far outside his personal experience. “And I don’t have scrutiny like that.”

He adds, amiably, “Maybe Kristen does.”

Indeed she does. Kristen Stewart’s role in the Twilight movies (and her real-life relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson) put her in the full glare of the spotlight, ensuring her every move, personal or professional, would be well-documented.

The actress was eight years old and singing in a school play when she was spotted by a talent scout, and that’s essentially when her career began. Stewart drew notice as an adolescent in The Safety of Objects in 2001 and Panic Room in 2002, and went on to distinguish herself in several movies — Cold Creek Manor, The Cake Eaters and Into the Wild among them — before the Twilight franchise made her famous.

“There’s an interesting growth pattern,” she says of her work, “because when I first acknowledged my desire to work on film, it wasn’t with the goal to be a performer.” Stewart just wanted to be on set because both her parents worked in film and TV.

“And I thought what they did was really cool. And then I turned 13 and woke up and realized — and I was a working actress — how much I loved it. Right now I feel I’m very lucky, because I chose to do this as a nine-year-old, and it was absolutely my choice, and I don’t think I would have had the capacity to make that choice as an insecure teenager or as an adult who thought that was an unreasonable expectation of life.”

Stewart obviously loves what she does. “I just get so much out of it. It’s so creatively indulgent,” she says. “Anyone who chooses the arts as a setting for your life — it’s bold as hell! I feel really lucky I decided as a nine-year-old, because now I’m reaping the benefits.”

Speaking of bold as hell, she was only 17 years old when she made the first Twilight movie. Did Stewart realize what would happen with the movie version of a book that popular?

“Actually, I read the script for Twilight when Jesse and I were on Adventureland,” says Stewart, “And I didn’t realize anything. Quite the opposite.” Stewart thought she and director Catherine Hardwicke would be making a smallish movie.

“I thought we could just do whatever we wanted, and we would never make a sequel, and the book was a jumping point and then we could kind of explore this realm, and move on. And then, all of a sudden, it turned into something … It absolutely happened overnight.”

And nobody was prepared for what happened.

“It was a huge shock to the system,” says Stewart. “Not just speaking personally. The whole production and every actor involved was hit with this like a ton of bricks.”

Stewart continues to seek out material with an edge in films such as The Runaways, Welcome to the Rileys, On the Road and Clouds of Sils Maria. If she’s had to give up a measure of spontaneity to survive the exigencies of fame, so be it.

“Honestly, if you’re going to focus on what you lose, rather than what you gain in a position like this — and I don’t mean monetary gain — I’m given so much happiness and stimulation by what I do,” she says. “It would be silly to focus on the fact I can’t go to malls anymore.

“I’d rather focus on the fact I’m working with incredibly intelligent, driven people who I just want to be around.”

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15 August 2015 @ 11:43 am

Kristen getting her hair colored for 'American Ultra'.

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15 August 2015 @ 11:30 am

Official Generic Interview from the Press Junket.