Kellan Lutz Talks Kristen Stewart: ‘I’m Proud of Her for Being Herself’
Kellan Lutz opens up about the fame (and the Twihards) that Twilight has brought him, as well as his former co-star Kristen Stewart in this new interview. What he has to say is super supportive of the stunning actress.
Lutz revealed that he really wanted to be Stewart’s co-star in the movie Still Alice, telling Elle.com, “I wanted that role of the brother so bad…Brilliant script. Everyone killed it. I mean, what a great movie. I read the script and I was like, ‘I want this.’ I even hit Kristen up and was like, ‘Put in a good word!’ “
Unfortunately for Lutz, the role of the brother went to Hunter Parrish.
Nonetheless, in regards to unwarranted misconceptions about Stewart, he added, “…regarding Kristen, you know, I’m proud of her for being herself. Times have changed now—there’s a lot of invasion of privacy and a lot of ruined moments. What [the paparazzi] take, capture, and release is often taken as a reflection of who that person is.”
As far as the craziness surrounding his Twilight fame, Lutz explained his comfort level with the attention with wisdom and a level-head:
I’ve always been a people person, but I think growing up as the middle child, I always wanted attention. And during Twilight I learned that if you make your fans your friends, they’re not as crazy. A lot of the actors became so shy that they became unapproachable, which made the fans so crazy that they just wanted to rip their clothes off of them.
As for which actors he referred to as “unapproachable,” well, that’s up for debate.
In case you didn’t know, Lutz used to be an Abercrombie model back when he was a teenager (and who could deny his handsome looks and fit bod?). He explained,
When I was a modeling, I loved it. I got into it when I was 14. I had a buddy on my basketball team in high school who was in Dillard’s ads in the newspaper. We heckled him and gave him shit and he gave it right back, like, ‘I made 500 bucks from one day of shooting.’ And I was like, ‘Eeeeert, hold up.’ I was mowing lawns for five dollars, so $500 at 14? You can’t work until you’re 16! So I asked him if I could get an in, he brought me to his agency and whatever, and I started doing it. It literally opened up my world to travel. I got to do so many shoots with animals and see the world and that helped transition me to commercial acting. And, so, after I did [the] Abercrombie [catalogue], I came out to LA, and they asked me to be a shirtless model.
[Photo credit: Elizabeth Griffin]
But, Lutz is not just a “beefcake.” When asked if he would ever reframe the audience’s perception of him, he replied,
Honestly, I don’t care. I’m not on social media, really. I mean, I have a secret Instagram that’s like my travel diary that nobody really knows about. I have it for my friends and family so they know where in the world I am. People just have this perception of what I’m like because of the roles that I play. If I get people to believe that I’m this air-headed, unintelligent beefcake, I must be doing a good job. But I know myself: I’m intellectual. I’m intelligent. I have a massive passion for science, mathematics, and writing. But in doing a show like Bullseye, I get to be the real me. I get to talk a lot about physics and when contestants ask me about, you know, ‘When do I jump?’ I can whip out all the variables of trajectory and velocity of speed…
Didn’t you hear? Smart is the new sexy.
As far as his career and future goes, Lutz doesn’t seem to be your average actor. He commented,
For me, I never had the dream of being an actor. I was going to college to play football and pursue a career in chemical engineering. So when I look at the industry, I don’t have the dream to win an Oscar. But, like, a lot of people get validation, or feel that there’s a level of success that comes from winning awards. Personally, I don’t need that. If I do [win an award], amazing! Look at Matthew McConaughey and what he’s done……I love doing action movies. I love doing comedies. I love doing dramas. And if I do one of those that wins an award, great, but I’m never going to choose a project to win an award. I never thought of myself as a host, but they showed what they wanted me to do and I was like, ‘I want to be on this show.’
And these are the reason why we love the hunky Kellan Lutz.