"Rudy's Barbershop Kristen Stewart, rocking our It Gets Better Project shirt, said thanks for involving her in a cause that she really believes in and supports."
“Equals” is set in a utopian future, a world in which human emotion has been genetically “switched off” as a response to the devastation that humankind generated through war, outlawing emotion, love and sex. Silas (Hoult), an illustrator, becomes afflicted with “switched-on-syndrome,” allowing him to experience emotion, and is drawn to Nia (Stewart), a fiction writer, who’s also emotionally alive and hiding her condition. When the government announces that a cure for “switched-on syndrome” has been found, Silas and Nia have to find a way to survive.
Franchise actors these days often will tackle the small and the quirky in an attempt to get us to see them differently, or just to shake things up.
Few have done that lately with the diligence of Kristen Stewart. As the “Twilight” series began to wind down several years ago, Stewart began using her leverage to try on all sorts of on-screen guises, including the teenage Marylou in Walter Salles' adaptation of “On the Road,” a tough-minded soldier in the military drama “Camp X-Ray” and, as of its Cannes premiere a few days ago, a personal assistant to a famous actress in “Sils Maria,” a drama about the performing life from the French polymath Olivier Assayas.
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CANNES- France — In the opening scene of “The Clouds of Sils Maria”, presented at the end of the 67th Cannes Festival last Friday, Kristen Stewart’s character, Val, is clearly stressed-out. As the train snakes up the winding mountain route of the Swiss Alps, Val is juggling with her multiple jangling cell phones, cursing the bad connection, and trying to deal with the barrage of undesirable media, pestering directors and dramatic news that will dramatically change her entire schedule.
In the film, Stewart plays the part of a low-key bespectacled personal assistant to the glamorous Maria Enders, a fortyish famous actress, brilliantly portrayed by Juliette Binoche. It’s Val’s job to arrange every infinitesimal detail, from making sure that Maria is on time for her Chanel gown fittings to endlessly walking the actress through the lines of her script.
Highly praised for her subtle performance by the Cannes critics, Kristen Stewart says she’s glad to have had a chance to explore the other side of fame, with all the ambivalence and fascination about celebrity culture that the part required.