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Turning 30 Kristen Stewart says she loved making Hollywood’s first Christmas film about a lesbian couple

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A FESTIVE ROM-COM HIT: Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star as a couple

A FESTIVE ROM-COM HIT: Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star as a couple

A FESTIVE ROM-COM HIT: Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star as a couple

Kristen Stewart has come a long way from the vampire-loving Bella in the Twilight franchise.

Twelve years on from that breakthrough role and the American actress is well and truly Hollywood royalty. She can pick and choose the roles she wants and every time she lands on the big screen critics fall over with praise.

From small indie movies to dark moody thrillers, they have all crept onto her impressive CV and now she has added rom-com too in the form of Happiest Season. It's the feel-good movie we all need in our lives right now.

In this exclusive interview with Mag+ Stewart talks candidly about embarrassing meet-the-parents moments in her own love life, how being socially awkward is often a problem for her and how she feels about turning 30.

The former Twilight superstar also talks about life in quarantine, making Happiest Season - available now online - and how it is the kind of Christmas movie she has always wanted to watch let alone star in.

Mag+: How did starring in a comedy compare to the many dramatic roles you have played?

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Kristen Stewart with all the film cast

Kristen Stewart with all the film cast

Kristen Stewart with all the film cast

KS: "I was just trying to keep up! I would get lost in Mary Steenburgen and Mary Holland. They would just baffle me to the part where I would not participate in the scene. But everyone was so grounded, so present and their hearts are so very much in it.

"I can't believe how well they balanced everything and how honest everyone remained. Every day blew me away."

Mag+: This is a story about family secrets. What secrets have you kept from your parents?

KS: "As open as I am with my parents emotionally, I don't know that I was always running back to my parents saying, 'Guess what I just did?' (laughs) There's probably lots of secrets accumulated over the course of my childhood and teenage years."

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Kristen with girlfriend Dylan Meyer

Kristen with girlfriend Dylan Meyer

Kristen with girlfriend Dylan Meyer

Mag+: How are you when it comes to the relationship with your partner's family?

KS: "I have really been the worst person to bring around to parents. I love my girlfriend's family, they are absolutely wonderful and it is not hard at all.

"When it's not the right person and it's not the right family, it can be truly brutal. I have definitely been there! I'm an exceptionally awkward person at times so it has been bad (laughs). It has been real bad!"

Mag+: Is it true that you wanted to work with director Clea DuVall so badly that you said yes before reading the script for this film?

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POWER PAIR: Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), stars of The Twilight Saga

POWER PAIR: Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), stars of The Twilight Saga

POWER PAIR: Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), stars of The Twilight Saga

KS: "Yeah, she was nice enough to travel all of the way to Germany to talk to me about the script for hours and hours but I was already chomping at the bit to work with her. I was like, 'Yes! But wait, let's just make sure that it's brilliant. It is, so yes, let's go!'"

Mag+: How much do you prepare for a role?

KS: "It depends if there are things that I need to learn. If there's an accent or a trove of information that I need to know well in advance, we actually go to do the thing.

"All of the information can become physical and maybe just happen in your body but there's no amount of prep that actually alleviates any fear that I am not going to deliver. It's always, 'I wonder if I am going to get lucky enough today to have this experience that I hope happens on camera, but might not.'"

Mag+: Which, out of all of your roles, do you feel pushed you most as an actress?

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GOTHIC GIRL: Kristen has experimented with plenty of different looks

GOTHIC GIRL: Kristen has experimented with plenty of different looks

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GOTHIC GIRL: Kristen has experimented with plenty of different looks

KS: "Every role that I have ever gravitated towards. I have always really untactfully navigated stuff and trusted the whole instinct thing. I have found that people who should be making things together find each other. The most I have ever learned on a movie, or felt the most realised as an actor, has definitely not happened yet."

Mag+: You directed and acted in a short film during quarantine. What was the reason behind that?

KS: "It was totally brought to me. I was so lucky because it kickstarted a more productive time. It fell in my lap, like I had been given a huge gift. We could just point a camera at something and do something or write something down and film it.

"It sounds very obvious but when your format is taken from you in a broad-scaled sort of way and you make something else out of it, it's the most liberating and beautiful experience. It was like making something out of nothing. I like teaching myself how to do stuff. I have done it since I was little. I feel like I have gotten to know myself during this time even more."

Mag+: In what way?

KS: "I now know I write better in the morning and I know that I can't talk to anyone before I do. These are things that I didn't know before we all had time to look within in a terrifying way."

Mag+: You also turned 30 this year. How do you feel about leaving your twenties behind?

KS: "It's been a really cool time. It coincides with a stage in your life where it's nice to look inside and reflect. I feel really creatively turned on and activated. I think something that being 30 has given me is the confidence to actually take things and put them into motion - things I have been talking about, dreaming about and thinking about for a number of years."

Mag+: What advice would you give the younger you?

KS: "The best advice I could have given myself as a little kid is to actually just lose control and completely let go. You can do a certain amount of preparation but then at some point you have to just start trusting yourself, make mistakes and not think about it too much. Throw yourself at it. Throw everything about your mind and body, emotions and physicality at it."

Mag+: Finally, what do you hope people will get out of watching Happiest Season?

KS: "I really, really love this movie and I wish that I had had something similar to this as a younger person. I would have loved a gay Christmas movie. Even now, if I saw this movie and I wasn't in it, I'd be beside myself."

Available on Hulu.

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