Kristen Stewart Will Never Smile for the Paparazzi (So Please Stop Asking Her To)

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Kristen Stewart is a lot of things: actress, Balenciaga spokesperson, one-time adulteress. However, the 24-year-old isn’t someone who will smile for you no matter how many times you tell her to.

Speaking with Elle, in which she graces the magazine’s September 2014 issue cover with her signature scowl, the actress says she will never bow to public pressure or the paparazzi, insisting that she prefers to keep her frown downward at all times.

“Never at any point have I sat down and plotted how I should proceed from here on,” she tells the publication when asked about her career plan. “As soon as you start thinking about your career as a trajectory — like, as if you’re going to miss out on some wave or momentum — then you’re never doing anything for yourself anyway. Then you’re truly, actually, specifically working for the public. You’re turning yourself into a bag of chips.”

Now I feel like if I smiled for a paparazzi photo — not that I ever would — that’s exactly what people would be desecrating me for,” she explains. “They’d be like, ‘now you’re going to give it up, now you’re a sellout.’ like, okay. What do you want? What would you like?”

kristen stewart elle magazine september 2014 grocery store photo shoot
[Michael Thompson/Elle Magazine]

Stewart recalls the day she realized that the paparazzi weren’t her friends, saying that unflattering photos of her smoking weed taking a hit from a pipe with ex-boyfriend Michael Angarano were published the same time Twilight was released.

She tells the mag, “The day the movie came out there was a picture of me — in the New York Post, I think. I was sitting on my front porch, smoking a pipe with my ex-boyfriend and dog. And I was like, Oh shit, well, I have to be aware of that.”

Well, clearly she’s forgotten about the important lesson that cameras are everywhere since then.