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So I’m asked to be on the Orange rising star award jury after winning it last year and I’m glad to do that. We (The Jury) watch a hell of a lot of films and after weeks and weeks come up with the final five people and they’re announced.
Then of course Lots of other people chime in with their opinions about who should be on there, because there’s always people who think they know better, but that’s fine too, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
People want Tahar to win, they love A Prophet (I do too, it’s a great movie). People want Carey to win (She is brilliant in An Education, if you like the film or not). People want Jesse to win (He carries Zombieland and is great in everything he does) People want Nick to win, he has a huge following, is british, possibly the best young actor full stop and is gonna go far. And of course people want Kristen to win… But the only difference with her was this… As many people who wanted her to win, there were equally vocal people who absolutely didn’t want her to win. The other nominees didn’t have that animosity against them.
I said nothing. I couldn’t. I wasn’t allowed (and as most people know Nick Hoult is like a little brother I wouldn’t minded if he won. P.S that is not why he was nominated. he is that good) So why does it all bother me? Two reasons.
Firstly: I know how that feels. Last year although loads of people wanted me to win, because my films don’t seem worthy to a lot of vocal people, there were a lot who were saying. “I don’t care who wins as long as it’s not him”.
Even after winning I still have to deal with comments like this.
“Nonetheless, she was very charming when interviewed backstage and told that previous winner Noel Clarke was ‘passing the baton on’ to her. Presumably, this baton represents starring in quite small British films that no-one outside of this soggy island has ever heard of for a relatively small fee, so I guess she has a lot to look forward to”.
That’s just one of the perks of the job! Please do thank these people for me like I know you guys can. ; )
Anyway… Secondly: It’s not fair on her. Life isn’t fair, but her dislike is unfounded. The girl is actually a brilliant actress and people are only hating on her because every piece of great acting work that she has done has been eclipsed by the juggernaut that is twilight… Lets be honest, that’s what it’s really about isn’t it? People not liking her because she stars in those films that do so well and they are not considered worthy by the snobs. Personally, I don’t mind em. They ain’t the godfather, (Neither was AVATAR) but they’re entertaining.
Adulthood- (my film that won me the bafta http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1126596/ for those who don’t know it. And this is me for those new here or not aware of me before sunday http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0164929/ ) -was one of the highest grossing BRITISH FILMS of 2008, 1st or 2nd. But you wouldn’t know that because people don’t want you too, then it got ignored everywhere apart from BAFTA. Not that I would ever compare my films to anything Kristen Stewart does. But why hate on a person because they are doing well? It makes no sense. Also she was cast in that film because of her talent. That’s how films like that are cast. Not everyone thought it would blow up like it did and so what that it has? She is actress who took a role. That’s what actors do.
So we end up at the BAFTAS. The British academy awards. I step on the stage, do my little speech and read the envelope. “Kristen Stewart” She comes up does her speech and leaves.
We go back stage, exchange a few words while walking to Edith, then do the interview. Then we go round the front and take the pictures. It’s Madness. Hundreds of bulbs flashing and everyone wanting a piece of this girl. We have a couple more words. I tell her well done again and I leave.
So what did I get from our little chat and the hand on the shoulder in the pic. And these are my opinions only. I got a sense of a lovely, nervous and shy girl who respected the other actors she was up against and was a bit overwhelmed by winning. More importantly than that, I see a girl got into this acting job because she wants to actually act and play different roles. There is a difference between wanting to act and wanting to be a star.
It’s difficult at any age when you can’t go anywhere with out people wanting a piece of you, and she is still young. People who said she was weird on stage, well… I don’t really agree. It’s a little daunting up there, I would love to see some of her detractors get up in front of 2000 or so people with only your name as notice, (she didn’t know she was getting it) and half of those people be people that do the same job as you and are looking at you from head to toe, and all you want to do is just not fall over. It’s not easy.
In closing, don’t have a bad word to say about Ms Stewart. And there is no agenda here, I’m not kissing anyone’s ass. I don’t do that… I’m not getting anything for this, I don’t profess to know her because of our one meeting, I’m not on her radar, probably won’t get to work with her and I may never see her again, But she was genuinely a really, very nice girl, and being on the jury I had to watch almost every movie she’s done, that we could get our hands on from the last few years and the girl can fucking act, there is no question about that.
So. Would i have liked Nick to win..? Sure.
Am i upset that Kristen won? No way.
Did she deserve to win? Yeah she did, and i’m glad she did.
She was talented enough for us jury members to put her there in the first place and the public support her the most. Done deal.
She may be a Mega star now, but she is still a rising star in terms of where her career is going, because just being in a blockbuster doesn’t make you a good actor. The girl is talented and has made some smart choices beyond the big movies.
So mark my words… If anyone will be known for much more than twilight in about 20 years time, it’ll be her.
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