In director Rupert Sanders’ take on the “Snow White” fairy tale, Charlize suffuses her evil queen with humanity. She admired her costar Kristen Stewart’s work ethic and attitude. “I have such a crush on that girl,” she said. “I really do. Talent is one thing but I think, in this business, there are a lot of talented people. I’ve never thought like, ‘Oh my God, I am so much more talented.’ It really is about opportunities that are given to you and what you do with those opportunities."
About Kristen, she added: “This is a girl who had massive amounts of success at a very young age. I wouldn’t have even known what I would have done at her age with any of that stuff. She could very easily just kind of lay back now, realize that she does have a huge fan base, and not want to do anything about it, and that those are the things that are valuable.”
“But the truth of the matter is that she actually loves being an actress. She really loves acting. You can’t fake that. There’s a tenacity and a moxie about her. She shows up ready. She’s ready to spar and she’s excited about pushing the envelope and trying sh-t. She’s alive. It’s like watching someone who’s alive and exactly in the nature of what she should be.”
Playing the queen who gets to utter the famous words about who’s the fairest of them all, Charlize said of her own relationship with the mirror: “I don’t know one person who doesn’t have a conflicted relationship with the mirror. I think we’re all the same when it comes to that. Some days are better than others. It just depends on the night before or the day ahead. I am just like everybody else. I feel really lucky that I was raised by parents who never felt that my value or successes were going to be based on what I looked like. That somehow helped me in my life. I don’t know what I would have been like if I wasn’t raised that way. So I don’t get too hung up on that.”
On her way down the castle’s stairs, Charlize had to slow down midway because Kristen was changing from stilettos into comfortable Converse shoes. Without missing a beat,Charlize jokingly complained, aloud: “Christ, is Kristen Stewart holding us up again?”
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Snow White and the Huntsman is not only action-packed, it's fashion-packed! Nine-time Academy Award-nominated costume designer Colleen Atwood, who managed the movie's innumerable looks, recently spilled all of the details on the film's fierce wardrobe to MSN Her and told us about the process involved in creating the looks.
How did you get into costume designing?
"I studied art in school, and began costume in my late 20's when I moved to New York. I had worked in fashion and luckily met someone by chance that gave me a break when someone in their department didn't show up for work. I became the PA in art department and moved into little costuming jobs within a couple years."
What processes do you go through to create such amazing costumes?
"I dream a lot inside my head, use art, fabric and the scripts to get ideas going on."
How has the industry changed over the years?
"I think the media is so fast now, people see the same things, so there's bound to be inspiration being cross-pollinated."
Who is your favourite designer?
"I don't have one per se, there a so many amazing talents."
How do you decide on a look for specific characters and actors, Kristen Stewart, for example?
"The first concept comes from the script, which is the story we all work on together, that and the director's take of the story are the starting points."
Which celebrity would you like to design for now?
"I design for actors, and stories, not celebrities."
If you could design for any film, in the history of film, what would it be?
"How about one that hasn't been made? An original wonderful tale set in 15th century would be great."
Is it any surprise that Stewart's next project is inspired by a Grimm's fairy tale? In this month's Snow White and the Huntsman, Stewart plays the titular character possessing "skin white as snow, lips red as blood, hair black as ebony..." but that's as much as she has in common with the class. That, and the fact that the evil queen wants to eat her heart out. Promising to go fetch it, the huntsman reneges, sides with Snow White, and turns her into a warrior princess. It's a feminist take sure to appeal to Stewart's built-in fan base. "She's not a damsel in distress relying on the handsome prince to save her," says director Rupert Sanders. "She's someone who bonds the men together to reclaim the kingdom. And Kristen is exactly what she personified: tough, independent, resilient."
Chris Hemsworth, who plays the hunky huntsman, recalls a day in the midst of shooting a key moment when "halfway through it, Kristen said 'No, this is a disaster, this is sh*t, this is not working. Oh f*ck, we're missing something! We're missing something.' The lines we had weren't hitting it. Thankfully she voiced it. So Rupert let us improvise. And the whole scene took on a life of its own. It was like, Wow, she was onto something."
Despite being terrified of horses, Stewart saddled up to lead an army of 250 mounted men charging down a beach in the rain. "I hated it," she admits of riding. "I didn't take to the whole mentality of f*cking ordering that thing around--'Go now!' You have to be an a**hole, basically. Not to say that horse people are a**holes to their horses. But you have to basically tell that thing who's boss, and I didn't want to do that. I was like, 'No, do your thing. I don't even want to be up here.'"
As opposed to being controlled. "That's what I like about Kristen," says Charlize Theron, her Snow White costar. "All that fame and all that spotlight stuff is not her life. Her privacy is not going to be up for grabs. But man, because of that she's going to be okay. She's one of the few who willl have a very long, steady, amazing career."
Thank you so much to @SupermodelScans of FashionScansRemastered.net for the lovely scans! :)
Although her role in the famous Twilight vampire saga have positioned her as one of the most famous actresses of Hollywood, Kristen Stewart is now more interested in playing deeper characters.
And perhaps there is only one director who can help her accomplish this: Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu.
She not only declared herself a fan of his work, but also said she was very interested to work in on of his next movies.
"I would love to work with González Iñárritu, and I want to do that soon." Kristen said yesterday in an interview in England during the press junket of the film 'Snow White and the Huntsman', which will premiere in Mexico on June 1.
"I believe he makes very intense movies, full of emotion, with a very strong message, and the feeling that the characters reflect is also very intense and I want to experience something like that."
And so strong is the admiration that Kristen has for directors as González Iñárritu, that she also expressed her desire in being a director herself.
"I want to make movies, it's one of my biggest wishes," she said.
And even not having a specific project, she already has some ideas for short films.
"You're working everyday with directors so talented in what they do, following their instructions and you're having so much contact with them, that you start to like that job very much," said the actress.
Kristen has had the opportunity to work alongside filmmakers like Bill Condon, director of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the latter yet to be released. The actress also began working in the first film of the franchise with director Catherine Hardwicke, who in 2003 directed the critically acclaimed film Thirteen.
And although Kristen considered that she still has a long way to go, she is ready to take her time, without forcing anything.
"My ambition is a bit rare, because I don't want to force anything, I want everything to happen naturally and I'm sure that with time I'll be able to work as a director," she said.
In her next movie, Snow White and The Huntsman, Robert Pattinson's girlfriend will play the lead character of this new adaptation brought to the big screen by Rupert Sanders.
In this epic adventure, full of action and special effects, she plays the young woman that, having an inocence and unmatched beauty, is chased by the evil queen, Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron.
"What I like most in this character is that she has a very delicate nature, but she also has a lot of strenght, integrity and feeling," said Kristen.
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Florence Welch was interviewed on "Nightline," which is where the video above came from. Until the full episode gets uploaded on ABC.com, here is what she had to say about SWATH:
Her recent project was writing the theme song for the upcoming film "Snow White and the Huntsman." It's an eerie but powerful ballad called "Breath of Life."
"One of my favorite things I've ever done was recording that song," Welch said. "It's one of those sort of 'pinch yourself' moments."
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