Kristen Stewart Graces ELLE Magazine September Mag Photos & News

In a worldwide exclusive ELLEUK invited Kristen Stewart’s great friend the actress, singer and cult icon Juliette Lewis to interview her and share their intimate conversation.

The pair discuss the pressures of celebrity, feminism and the film industry today and share the parallels of their life experiences; from growing up with showbiz parents in Hollywood, to going out with a leading man and eventually rejecting the expectations placed on female stars, to carve a smart, nuanced career for themselves.

Kristen also reveals that Patti Smith is her mentor after she was approached by her at a club in New York when she was ‘in a f**cked up place’. She told Juliette:

“[Patti] was like, ‘I just want you to know that your people care about you, that we’re here for you, and I’m your people.’ And we kind of stayed in contact. Then I was in New York again and she walked up to me at another after-party – it had been a long time since we’d talked – and she said, ‘It’s a full moon tonight and I heard that you were in town, so I came out to find you and here you are!’ And I was like, ‘You’ve got to stop saying the coolest things ever!'”

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She also addresses those ‘bitchy resting face rumours’:

“The whole smiling thing is weird because I actually smile a lot. I literally want to be like, ‘Dude, you would think I was cool if you got to know me’.”

Juliette Lewis on Kristen Stewart:

“You’re the female James Dean…But actually you’re a little bit rougher. I think you’re a scrapper. I think you can throw a punch.”

On social media:

“I’m not anti social media. I just haven’t decided to do it. The idea of addressing such a massive group… If I don’t know who I’m talking to it doesn’t make any fucking sense to me.”

On feminism:

Juliette Lewis: “My mentor is Amy Schumer. She’s like ‘Girls need to quit saying sorry so much.”
Kristen: “I apologise constantly, incessantly… There’s something so natural about saying yes I think with women there’s a natural inclination to want to satisfy people.”

Don’t miss this frank, funny conversation between two inspirational women In ELLE magazine this month, as well as a special behind the scenes film online at

Kristen Stewart’s new movie American Ultra is out on 27 August.

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