Kristen Stewart condemns Hollywood’s “phony” support of women

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Twilight star Kristen Stewart has hit out at Hollywood, claiming it’s support of women filmmakers in the industry is “phony”.

Stewart’s latest venture sees her star in the Rose Glass directed production Love Lies Bleeding, and she is also set to make her move into filmmaking with an adaptation of Lidia Yuknavitch’s 2011 memoir, The Chronology of Water. However, the process of funding the movie has been a difficult process for Stewart, which has made her reflect on the ongoing issues in Hollywood.

While she’s an established movie star, who has been involved in a series of high-profile roles, Stewart doesn’t believe Hollywood relies upon a small elite club of women and doesn’t care for anybody outside that sect.

In a new interview with Net A Porter, she remarked: “There’s a thinking that we can check these little boxes… It’s easy for them to be like, ‘Look what we’re doing. We’re making Maggie Gyllenhaal’s movie! We’re making Margot Robbie’s movie!’ And you’re like, OK, cool. You’ve chosen four.”

Although Stewart holds nothing but admirations to the four names she mentioned, the actor believes more needs to be done to support women filmmakers. “And I’m in awe of those women, I love those women,” she commented before adding, “[But] it feels phony. If we’re congratulating each other for broadening perspective, when we haven’t really done enough, then we stop broadening.”

She also explained how gender discrimination in Hollywood has become less pronounced than previously, but believes it very much still exists, noting, “Even if we’re still emotionally violent towards women right now, it’s so much more passive aggressive. [Before] it was just so fucking straight up.”

In a recent interview with Far Out, Love Lies Bleeding director Rose Glass said of working with Stewart and Katy M. O’Brian in the new movie, “Kristen and Katy, naturally, they’re both quite understated performers, which is good at balancing out some of the more ludicrous elements of the film.”

Glass continued: “But, it meant that a lot of the time basically being like, ‘OK, again. Big, more, let’s try the comedy version. Now let’s play it straight’. It’s getting them to try it every which way. And they’re just really, really funny. I think she [Stewart] should do more comedies.”

Far Out said in a four star review of the movie: “Love Lies Bleeding is an audaciously exhilarating feature that finds Glass and her cast firing on all cylinders, and it’s a film that won’t be forgotten easily after witnessing its outstanding endgame unfold while perched squarely on the edge of the seat.”

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