Stars align for Kristen Stewart in quiet corner of film universe

Sat Jan 17, 2015 8:04am EST
 
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By Mary Milliken

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kristen Stewart strides into the room in a power pantsuit and high-heeled pumps.

Within minutes, the actress kicks off her heels and sits cross-legged on her chair, getting comfortable to talk about the good moment in her career, a very different time from her blockbuster "Twilight" years.

Stewart has earned acclaim for her supporting roles in two art-house films: as the daughter of a woman (Julianne Moore) suffering from early onset Alzheimer's in "Still Alice," opening in Los Angeles and New York this weekend; and the assistant to an aging movie star (Juliette Binoche) in "Clouds of Sils Maria," a Cannes Film Festival favorite out in U.S. theaters this spring.

"I am thrilled. I love movies. I don't have those nagging, regretful feelings about either of them," Stewart said.

"It is a miracle," she added. "Jesus, when the stars align and you are allowed to feel that way, it is why movies are made. It is why they affect people."

Critics have taken note of what the former child actress and teen phenomenon is showing the world at 24 years of age. Variety's Peter Debruge called her "the most compellingly watchable American actress of her generation" and A.O. Scott at the New York Times said her more recent roles "should help re-establish her as an insightful and unpredictable talent."

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Actress Kristen Stewart arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards in Hollywood, California November 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok