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."
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