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Homegrown Charlize and KS Cover Interview Magazine

Hiya Pouters!

I posted yesterday on our Facebook Page (please like it if you have not done so already, we post so much that you will be missing out on otherwise 😉 ) a picture of Charlize Theron and Kirsten Stewart for their Interview Magazine photoshoot. Asking YOU, our readers and Facebook followers one question… Beautiful or awful? Here are all the images from this shoot for your viewing pleasure.

The general consensus as I expected was beatuiful. A lot of people don’t like Kirsten Stewart and you know, thats fine, some people are not actually fans of Charlize either, and thats fine…

Now, because I’m writing a long post about this, I am NOT loving this shoot and just let me explain myself before you troll yourself silly. I guess I am simply just disappointed because I always held up Kirsten Stewart’s 2009 Interview Mag cover shoot (pictures at the bottom of this post) to be one of her best photoshoots ever. Her styling was gorgeous and dark and glam, and it worked beautifully on her. For this July cover, magazine tries to do “dark/glam”. In my opinion…. They fail.

When it comes to Charlize Theron, I’m biased, I live in South Africa and simply because she comes from Benoni, well, the sun shines out of her ass and if it was just Charlize alone maybe, just maybe this could have worked however putting these two together and styling them like extras in Cabaret… it’s just bad.

To me, Kirsten’s look easily slips into androgyny, the whole vibe seems to be “an older dominatrix and her little boy-toy”. As for the interviews they are epic.

Here are some extracts from Kristin’s piece:

Working with male versus female directors:

“In personal conversations between director and actor, the male directors that I’ve worked with are just as emotional [as women]. Maybe it’s because I had to start having very intimate conversations with adult men at a very young age in order to get the work, but I’m really comfortable with dudes. I mean, we push boundaries in this business in terms of getting to know people. There are things that directors know about me that people shouldn’t know. But everyone’s really different. I’ve worked with women who I’ve never wanted to tell anything about myself to, and I’ve worked with guys who have been pouring wells of emotion. So emotional availability is not a gender-specific thing.”

Relating to Snow White:

“There’s so much that Snow White has been deprived of in terms of having the proper time to really develop and hone who she is. She’s put in jail at the beginning of her life, so she’s a stunted person. She has a really idealized concept of what the world is, and how people should live, and how wonderful things all can be, and there is this debilitating isolation that she feels because she has been locked away in a little cell for seven years. And I can kind of relate to that. There is something . . . It’s not the reason that I wanted to do the movie, but the fans and people who loved Twilight, they do put you on this sort of different plane where you’re not real.”

Snow White is not a ninja:

“I think [the physicality] really helped define the character in a lot of ways. I liked not having to fake it, because in the original drafts of the script, Snow White kind of became this ninja person overnight who was just able to, like, own this six-foot armored man, which would never happen. We wanted everything to be, like, “Oh, fuck. She barely made it through.” Somebody my size couldn’t go into a man war and come out alive with only a sword. That just would never happen.”

On Charlize:

“She is unlike anyone I’ve ever encountered. She is one of those people who walks into a room and everyone knows it… She’s a fucking movie star. It’s funny, too, because she always says, “I’m not really a performer.” But I’m like, “Yeah, not at all.” [laughs] She’s an actor and a performer.”

How she defines success:

“I feel so extremely successful—and not just because I can greenlight a movie now. It’s because I’ve really only worked with people that I truly love, and I’ve only had bad experiences with one or two directors…[What was bad about those experiences…] I think it always boils down to people not being there for the right reasons, and not being there for the same reasons. It’s a miracle when things come together. But sometimes it just doesn’t happen—and when it doesn’t happen, you still have to finish the movie.

Playing an abused woman:

Playing a character like Mallory [in Welcome to the Rileys] is tough. Not to discredit anyone’s personal situation or actual life, but there are so many examples of girls like that, and a film can very easily become an almost clinical rundown of what leads someone to a certain position. It’s hard to play a part like that because you want everyone who has ever walked in those shoes to be like, “Yeah, I mean, that’s the way it goes . . .” Pity is a really odd thing with abused women. You don’t want anyone to think that you feel bad—even though you might. So it was just interesting to play that part and to work with James. I went down to New Orleans to do the film and lived by myself and trudged around the city. But walking away from that character . . . It probably still hasn’t gone away completely, but for the first little while afterwards, I was so sensitive and touchy in a way that my character would never be. I was so protective and defensive of young girls, and sex in general.

She doesn’t want to talk about acting:

“I think people are used to seeing actors be wide open and desperately giving of themselves, and while I do that on a movie set as much as I can, it’s so unnatural for me to do it on television, in interviews, in anything like that. I also don’t find that my process as an actor is really anyone else’s business. A lot of actors have felt like that. I mean, there’s that awesome quote where Joanne Woodward said, “Acting is like sex: you should do it, not talk about it.

From Interview Magazine

If you can’t tell, these interviews are extremely verbose and Elvis Mitchell (the interviewer) let’s Charlize and Kirsten talk as much as they in their seperate interviews. In all fairness, I have to put this out there – Kirsten comes across a lot better when you can read all of what she has to say in context. She speaks of how much difficulty she has being entertaining on talk shows, and how she’s not good at delivery soundbytes, which… at least she is self aware, you know? She’s also not a stupid girl, in my opinion. She’s bright and she’s neurotic and she’s twitchy, of course… but then again, so am I. But she really does think about her work and she promotes her work… and she’s more interesting than I give her credit for most of the time.

As promised at the beginning of this post, here is my favourite KS shoot.

 So, please let me know if I am still wrong in thinking the shoot with Charlize is not great, and why? Would love to know everyones opinions and thoughts 😉

until next post…



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