The Twilight Saga launched Kristen Stewart into mega-stardom, but if one of her co-workers is to be believed, starring in the vampire series is really starting to suck for her.
While promoting Stewart’s upcoming movie, Welcome to the Rileys (out November 5 in the United States), director Jake Scott let slip—okay, flat-out stated—that K-Stew has grown weary of portraying lovestruck vampire groupie Bella Swan:
“[Kristen]’s been playing this same character in—what?—two or three movies now, and that frustrates her…She wants to be taken seriously as an actress—and the crazy thing is, before Twilight, she was doing that kind of work…She’s very proud of her work in this movie.”
Though Rileys—in which Stewart plays underage New Orleans stripper Mallory, who’s taken under the wing of traveling businessman Doug Riley (James Gandolfini)—is just now receiving its theatrical release, it was actually filmed in late fall 2008, right about the time that the first Twilight movie was released, making her an overnight star.
Luckily for Stewart, she’ll be free of her burden once she wraps the two-part Twilight finale Breaking Dawn, which she’s currently preparing to film. In the meantime, she’s upped her non-Twilight cred considerably in the Joan Jett biopic The Runaways and the recently lensed adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s classic Beat Generation novel On the Road.
Do you think Stewart will be able to crawl out from under the Twilight shadow and establish herself as a serious actress? Share your thoughts in the comments section.