Kristen Stewart has two movies out this weekend. One is “Equals,” a sci-fi indie; the other is “Cafe Society,” the new Woody Allen. She thinks that’s weird. “I just figure you’d have to really, really like me to see two movies in one weekend,” she jokes.
We're talking "Cafe Society," in which the 26-year-old she plays a young woman in 1930s Hollywood who falls for a young man (Jesse Eisenberg), even though she’s sleeping with his movie mogul uncle (Steve Carell). She chooses the uncle, and the two part ways, only to reconnect much later, when their lives have dramatically changed.
Random question first: What’s your spirit animal? And sorry for putting you on the spot to come up with a funny response.
Yeah. I really overthink these things, too. “What does this really mean?” Do you have one?
I decided mine was a walrus, for no reason.
Have you seen “The Lobster”?
Yes. We can talk about “The Lobster,” if you’d like.
I love that movie so much. I’m going to meet up with the director [Yorgos Lanthimos]. What I thought was trippy — and I don’t know how I would fit into this as an actor — was every line in that movie was a metaphor. Nobody’s really feeling it. He creates an environment that is such a suspended reality. I’ve never seen anyone do that. And then I wonder for the actors what that must have felt like. Because you’re really constructing something. I’ve never really worked like that.
Woody Allen has his own style, too, but it’s not as extreme as in “The Lobster.” Were you someone who watched all his movies growing up?
I haven’t seen all of his movies — not even in the least. The ones I really like are, obviously, “Annie Hall.” My favorite is “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” I love that movie so much it’s crazy.
They can be really dark and honest, but in a way that doesn’t feel depressing. It’s just like, “That’s life!”
I think he has a casual approach to his anxieties. People who are so overwhelmed and tripped-out about anxieties are actually not that anxiety-ridden. Because the ones that are are like, “I’ve been dealing with this since I was born. I’ve always been thinking these existential, pit-of-the-stomach thoughts that you can’t get past.” That’s interesting to me. Without being really sad or feeling a lot of pain, you’re never going to be happy. Conversely if you’re never happy you’re never going to be in a lot of pain.