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Kristen Stewart Sheds Light On Princess Diana Drama ‘Spencer’

By Kristin Myers
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Kristen Stewart Sheds Light On Princess Diana Drama ‘Spencer’

Kristen Stewart has dazzled critics in the 2021 biological psychological drama titled “Spencer,” which puts Stewart in the role of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Diana, whose maiden name was Spencer, was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the British throne, and mother of Prince William and Prince Harry.

The film also stars Sean Harris as Chef Darren, Timothy Spall as Equerry Major Gregory, and Sally Hawkins as Maggie.

Who Is Kristen Stewart?

Kristen Stewart wears a teal dress with a black bow at the first showing of "Spencer" at the Venice Film Festival.
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Stewart, a 31-year-old actress from Los Angeles, California, became a household name for her role as Bella Swan in “The Twilight Saga.”

The role made her the highest paid actress in 2012, and her subsequent roles later led her to win a BAFTA Award and a César Award, which she is the only American actress to win. She has also earned a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Since starring as the moody-teenager-turned-vampire, Stewart has been cast in a wide range of roles, from “Still Alice” in 2014 to 2019’s “Charlie’s Angels,” which was directed and written by Elizabeth Banks.

What Is The Film About?

The movie poster for "Spencer" shows a woman weeping into a wedding dress.
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“Spencer” follows Diana’s decision to end her marriage to Prince Charles and leave the British royal family. It premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 3 and is expected to be released in theatres on November 5, 2021.

The film has an average rating of 7.5/10 on Rotten Tomatoes, and 83/100 on Metacritic, indicating “universal acclaim.”

Stewart’s performance has been widely praised, with many reporting that the role makes Stewart a strong contender to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in the Oscar race. This would be the first Oscar nomination for Stewart.

How Did Stewart Feel About the Role?

Kristen Stewart takes on the role of Princess Diana for the film "Spencer."
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Stewart admitted that taking on the challenge of portraying Princess Diana was one of the hardest things she had ever done in her film career, but she also found the experience extremely rewarding.

“I took more pleasure in my physicality making this movie than I have on anything,” she explained at a press conference during the Venice Film Festival. “I felt more free and alive and able to move – and taller, even.”

She added that Diana’s “power on people’s imagination and hearts” was “just something she was born with.”

‘A Sparkly House On Fire’

Kristen Stewart takes on the role of Princess Diana for the film "Spencer."
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After portraying Diana for so long, Stewart felt that she was given an intimate glimpse into her personality.

"There are some people that are endowed with an undeniable penetrating energy,” she explained. “I think the really sad thing about her is that she -- as normal and sort of casual and disarming her air is immediately -- she also felt so isolated and so lonely. She made everyone else feel accompanied and bolstered by this beautiful sort of light and all she wanted was to just have it back."

She continued, "The idea of somebody being so desperate for connection and somebody who is able to make other people feel so good, feeling so bad on the inside and being so generous with her energy -- I just think we haven't had that many of those people throughout history. She really sticks out as a sparkly house on fire."

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