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Kristen Stewart on her gritty Personal Shopper role and why she thought it might ‘kill’ her


Kristen Stewart has teamed up with her Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas for the new film Personal Shopper.

And the actress has joked that she thought working on the spooky drama, in which she plays a personal shopper and medium, might “kill” her.

LAgoss.com was in attendance at the Film Independent at LACMA screening of the movie on Monday, which was followed by a Q&A with Kristen and Olivier.

Kristen Stewart and Olivier Assayas attended the Film Independent at LACMA screening and Q&A for Personal Shopper on Monday | Photos Courtesy of WireImage and Film Independent

“It takes some time for it to settle in,” Kristen said of the movie. “Every response to this movie is entirely individual. It took shooting this entire film for me to understand my relationship with it.”

As for her response to Olivier when she first read the script, she said, “I was like, I feel you but I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Kristen – dressed in a white top, black leather skirt and spectacles – said it was a challenge to get into the mindset of the character, who is trying to connect to the spirit of her recently deceased twin brother.

Gritty: The actress talked about her “dismantled character” and why she thought the role might “kill” her | Photos Courtesy of WireImage and Film Independent

“Before I did this movie I was like, this is going to kill me, being so alone,” she said. “She’s a really dismantled, stark person. So coming into the part, I didn’t have to know her.”

Kristen also revealed that the film turned out exactly as Olivier had written the screenplay, making the audience laugh as she said, “That s**t was f**king there!”

And it’s not an experience the Twilight alum will be forgetting any time soon. “I had really embedded bone memories of making the movie,” she explained. “Nothing ever passed me by.”

Meanwhile Olivier was singing Kristen’s praises, and revealed he knew within three seconds of meeting the star that they would be a great match because the star is “always completely real”.


Personal Shopper hits cinemas in the US on March 10th and in the UK on March 17th.