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Kristen Stewart and shyness and sensitivity

Many artists are highly sensitive people

A number of actors and other artists identify themselves, or are considered by others, as shy, or introverted or highly sensitive.

The traits of high sensitivity and introversion overlap in ways, but are not the same as social anxiety or shyness.

“I am so sensitive it drives me crazy.” Kristen Stewart

Stewart directed a short film titled “Come Swim” that was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017.

She has described the film in an interview as being about “aggrandized pain” and comments:

“You don’t realize when you’re trudging through that water, you feel so alone. We’ve all been there. But when you’re in it, you feel like you can’t participate in life.”

The writer and interviewer of the article noted:

“In many ways, ‘Come Swim’ reflects something essential about Stewart: she is hyper alert to her surroundings and her emotions.

“It’s a quality that has probably helped make her, in the eyes of many (particularly the French, who made her the first American actress to win a Cesar award for the Cannes entry ‘The Clouds of Sils Maria’) a performer of twitchy, alive sensitivity.”

Reflecting what many of us may feel about our trait sometimes, Stewart has said:

“I am so sensitive it drives me crazy.

“It’s funny (that) the first movie I wanted to make was basically just a movie about somebody who is like, ‘You don’t get it! It’s horrible!'”

From article Kristen Stewart makes her directorial debut, dives into grief, By Jake Coyle, Associated Press, May 21 2017, via ABC News.

See more about the movie, and a video interview with Stewart, in my article Kristen Stewart on Directing Her Movie About Emotional Pain, and Being Highly Sensitive.


Being highly sensitive can include being more vulnerable to anxiety

As highly sensitive people, we may experience many positive aspects of the trait, but we can also be more reactive and vulnerable to stress and anxiety.

Kristen Stewart, for example, said in an interview for Elle U.K.:

“I went through so much stress and periods of strife. I would have panic attacks. I literally always had a stomachache.”

She recounted in another interview that she “would feel panicked when she wasn’t in control of a situation.” She “told Elle U.K. she no longer struggles with anxiety.”

From Kristen Stewart Gets Refreshingly Real About Dealing With Anxiety by Lindsay Holmes, HuffPost 08/02/2016.

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A number of musicians, actors and performers are introverted or highly sensitive.

Many interviewers and writers over the years have described actor Kristen Stewart as “cautious” and “shy.”

At least one news story refers to her as a “Self-proclaimed introvert.”

By the way, I am not presuming Kristen Stewart is shy, introverted or highly sensitive, and I don’t know her personally.

But just from my gut reaction to seeing her in movies and interviews, she may – like many other very talented actors – have any or all of those traits.

Not that they are the same thing.

See my post Shyness, Introversion, Sensitivity – What’s the Difference?

[Photo from Official Site for the movie “Snow White and the Huntsman.”]


What is interesting is the reactions by some reporters, and their interpretations of her behavior.

A USA Today article said, “Visibly shaking with stage fright, Stewart tended not to say much in front of the crowds.” (Kristen Stewart in a different light at Sundance, By Anthony Breznican, Jan 25, 2010.)

A Los Angeles Times article (For Kristen Stewart, this is her dawn, by Chris Lee) said she “appeared to not enjoy the red carpet activities” and referred to her “continuing hostility toward the celebrity limelight” and that she “appeared visibly repulsed by the red-carpet action.”

In a New York Times article, Brooks Barnes wrote about “Ms. Stewart’s shyness and hints of awkwardness,” but added those qualities “make her accessible to fans.”

The article adds that Stewart “has coped with the suffocating attention by giving off an air of inapproachability, a tough exterior that Chris Weitz, the director of New Moon, said she has methodically adopted.”

Jodie Foster, the article continues, “who co-starred with Ms. Stewart in David Fincher’s ‘Panic Room’ said ‘Kristen isn’t interested in blurting out her emotions all in front of her, and that results in really intelligent and interesting performances. ’”  [From Media Vampires, Beware, by Brooks Barnes,]

Getting more comfortable with experience

Kristen Stewart does seem much more relaxed and confident and expressive in more recent videos of interviews, compared with ones she was doing earlier.

She says, “I think I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with talking about myself and knowing that what you say, people are really going to take into consideration.

“That always intimidated me so much that I minced every word that came out of my mouth. I couldn’t finish a sentence because I was so concerned about how it was going to sound. I didn’t want to come across insincere about something that I really love to do.” [From interview 21 Nov 2009]

Negative reactions to introverts and highly sensitive people

“You stuck-up party-pooper”

Retreating from social situations due to being introverted, such as “holding back” in interviews and public appearances (and ordinary conversation, for those of us who aren’t celebrities), can often lead to negative judgments and reactions from others.

A number of her fans have commented on social media posts that Stewart is aloof, a snob, obnoxious or rude.

Writer Sophia Dembling comments in a post on her Psychology Today blog The Introvert’s Corner:

“Introverts  tend to be, by nature, fairly mild-mannered. But that doesn’t mean we don’t silently-and sometimes not-so-silently-seethe.

Look at poor Kristen Stewart, an introvert in the limelight. This young actress (Bella Swan in the wildly popular Twilight movies) gets all kinds of grief because she was awkward on Oprah, hates being stalked by paparazzi, and generally doesn’t seem to enjoy the pander-to-the-public aspect of her acting career.

“I think it’s funny that when I go onstage to accept an award, they think I’m nervous, uncomfortable, and awkward–and I am–but those are bad words for them,” she recently told Elle magazine.

Dembling lists a number of reactions we introverts may get from other people (in Stewart’s case often very publicly) that can inspire us to feel: “I f***ing hate it when they say…” – reactions such as “She’s stuck up. ” “You don’t know how to have fun.” “Party pooper!” “You hate people.”

From her post How To Piss Off An Introvert.

Paparazzi can be assaultive

In an interview for the July issue of British Elle, Stewart said about some paparazzi photos of herself:

“What you don’t see are the cameras shoved in my face and the bizarre intrusive questions being asked, or the people falling over themselves, screaming and taunting to get a reaction. The photos are so…

“I feel like I’m looking at someone being raped.”

But she quickly apologized, telling People mag.: “I really made an enormous mistake – clearly and obviously. And I’m really sorry about my choice of words… ‘Violated’ definitely would have been a better way of expressing the thought.”

She has done PSAs [Public Service Announcements] for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) and played a rape victim in her 2004 film “Speak.”

I don’t know if this is one of the photos Stewart was thinking of, but there are others I’ve seen where she seems really angry or stressed.

Of course her remark about rape was extreme, but hopefully it did get more people aware of how assaultive paparazzi can be – and forced publicity appearances, especially for sensitive people.

More depth

“There’s a threat to her health in the way she works, in that she can’t project feelings she doesn’t feel herself,” Stewart’s “New Moon” director Chris Weitz said.

“If you shoot a scene in which she has a nervous breakdown, that’s potentially what you’re going to get. I have found myself concerned for her at moments.”

During the filming of Twilight, studio executives found themselves concerned about Stewart and co-star Robert Pattinson. “Both of them have the tendency to go deep, to find the emotional core of a scene,” says the first movie’s director, Catherine Hardwicke. [ELLE mag. interview by Amanda Fortini, May 05, 2010]

Pattinson, has also referred to himself as introverted, and others have called him shy. Actor Christian Serratos (who plays Angela in the movie) thinks all the frenzied fame has affected Pattinson: “If anything he’s become more humble and more introverted. ” []

Signs of sensitivity

Many highly sensitive people experience the kind of strong concern for authenticity and truthfulness, and caution (even perfectionism) when speaking that Stewart mentions above.

Another indication may be how much she cared about creating her character Bella in “Twilight” and making her dialogue ring true.

A magazine article noted, “Stewart, who was just 17 when she shot the movie, was uncompromising about what she’d allow her character to do and say. ‘We had to rewrite and improvise a lot of the most intense scenes, because Kristen will not say something if she doesn’t feel good about it,’ recalls [director Catherine] Hardwicke.”

[Entertainment Weekly, Nov 14, 2008 – posted on]

More on the personality traits

Shyness – “Although most shy people feel they are more shy than other people, shyness is a self-reported characteristic of personality that is expressed by over 40% of those surveyed. Only about 7% of Americans surveyed indicate that they have never experienced shyness in their entire life. Thus, shyness is a pervasive phenomenon; if you are shy, you are not alone.”

From The Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast.

The director Bernardo J. Carducci Ph.D. is author of Shyness: A Bold New Approach.

Wikipedia says “Shyness is a social psychology term used to describe the feeling of apprehension, lack of confidence, or awkwardness experienced when a person is in proximity to, approaching, or being approached by other people, especially in new situations or with unfamiliar people.”

Introversion – Wikipedia: “The trait of extroversion-introversion is a central dimension of human personality. Extroverts (also spelled extraverts) tend to be sociable, assertive, and interested in seeking out excitement. Introverts, in contrast, tend to be more reserved, less outgoing, but are also marked by a richer inner world.

“They are not necessarily loners but they tend to have smaller circles of friends and are less likely to thrive on making new social contacts. Introverts are less likely to seek stimulation from others because their own thoughts and imagination are stimulating enough.”

Also see The Inner Actor site for more on sensitive actors.

Highly Sensitive books

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article: Introverted, Shy or Highly Sensitive in the Arts
Many actors, musicians, authors and other artists find their sensitivity enhances creative expression, and may identify themselves as being shy, or consider themselves introverted or highly sensitive (which are different).

Some examples: Alanis Morissette, Beyonce Knowles, fashion designers Tory Burch and Tom Ford, Amy Adams, Sigourney Weaver, director Ang Lee…Joan Allen, Harrison Ford, Candice Bergen, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, and others.


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Kristen Stewart Was One Of The 'Late Show's Most Awkward Guests, But That's Because She's Always Herself — VIDEOS


by Daniela Cabrera

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Kristen Stewart fits an intriguing dichotomy. She is both extremely open about voicing her opinions when she has an issue, but also is a very shy and introverted individual naturally. As expected, this has caused her to be involved in some interesting social interactions throughout the course of her career. Appearing on talk shows is usually a very unforgiving event, and it is especially when you're young, tired from being part of one of the biggest movie franchises ever, and not into small talk. Let's just say, when appearing on the Late Show With David Letterman , Kristen Stewart had some very strange and awkward moments. Letterman is ending his tenure on the Late Show on Wednesday. As for Stewart, she's lived to tell the tale of her sometimes cringe-worthy interviews.

I sometimes find the idea of small talk far too daunting myself, so imagining someone like Stewart, who obviously is very shy, having to come up with funny stories and act silly and cute to make the host and audiences laugh — sometimes multiple times A DAY — sounds terrifying. So, yeah, I understand her struggle.

Plus, sometimes you need some of that inexplicable chemistry with a host, like Letterman famously had with Bill Murray, Julia Roberts, and Jennifer Lawrence. Stewart, quite frankly, did not have that with the Late Show host, which resulted in some really awkward television.

EXHIBIT A: Her first appearance to promote

Twilight in 2008

WARNING: WILL CAUSE CRINGE. Stewart's first appearance landed her on TIME's list of most disastrous, yet memorable, Late Show interviews, in between the legendary interviews with Joaquin Phoenix and vintage Madonna.

Where to start with this? The actress is noticeably uncomfortable and her body language says it all. She is very self deprecating when talking about her education, and Letterman keeps egging her on about continuing school, even though it's obviously not something she wants to speak about. She also gives this epic line: "I definitely have a future in academics, it's just not a conventional one," followed by awkward laughs.

Letterman started to wrap this situation up by saying, "Everybody is different. You and I, couldn't be more different." I've never been more happy to see an interview end, especially considering the comedian didn't come off as very accommodating to the nervous star.

EXHIBIT B: Kristen returns to promote

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in 2010

She returns! I was shocked that after the first time, Stewart would even consider coming back. Maybe it's just the Kristen Stewart fan in me talking, but I hoped for a smoother run this time around, but this interview wasn't much more comfortable to watch. It kicks off with Stewart trying to not roll her eyes at Letterman's vampire joke, which she had probably heard a few thousand times. Laughter from the audience keeps going over Stewart's head, and that's when it's clear that she is over this. They even brought photos of her "wolf hybrid" dogs to save the conversation, but when Kristen Stewart doesn't want to talk about something anymore, she most definitely won't entertain you.

Like she's said in the past, she doesn't feel the need to act like someone she isn't and doesn't like to be told how she needs to act — especially not if that means "cute" or "funny." This is one of the reasons I admire her, and if these moments on Letterman prove anything, it's that she isn't afraid to make people uncomfortable if it means staying true to exactly who she is.

Images: Getty Images; Giphy

15 stars that are different from the rest

It is believed that celebrities are people who are open, sociable and love to be in the spotlight. But this can not be said about all the stars, and there is nothing wrong with that. It's just that the heroes of our today's selection in the magazine "MORE" prefer silence, solitude and peace.

Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Tell us in the comments!

1. Elon Musk


The founder of SpaceX, PayPal and Tesla admitted that despite all the hype surrounding his name, he remains an introverted engineer. nine0005

2. Julia Roberts

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Hollywood actress in her youth was a real bookworm and loved solitary activities, which is one of the characteristics of introverts.

3. Christina Aguilera

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In one of her interviews, the American singer said that she has always been closed and tense, which is why she feels like an outsider all her life.

4. Drew Barrymore


A famous actress says: “There is a huge difference between being alone and being alone. You may feel lonely in the company of people. I like being alone. In the evenings I sit at home, watch a movie or play with my dog. I have to make an effort to say, “Oh my God! I need to meet my friends urgently!” Because I feel good on my own.” nine0005

5. Clint Eastwood

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The famous actor didn't always see himself acting in movies: and is a good storyteller. And I was a typical introvert.”

6. Mark Zuckerberg

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One of the largest social networks in the world, Facebook appeared largely due to the introverted nature of its creator. Being alone, Zuckerberg devoted a lot of time to creativity and here is the result! nine0005

7. Jessica Chastain


The Hollywood actress revealed that she would run to the park after school to read Shakespeare while her classmates were drinking and smoking.

16 celebrities we know by their middle name

8. Courteney Cox

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The difference in character was one of the reasons the Friends star divorced her husband David Arquette. “He is very sociable, and I am much more reserved,” said the actress. nine0005

9. Harrison Ford


Despite a dizzying career, the Hollywood actor is still terrified when he has to make a speech in public.

10. Lady Gaga

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The outrageous singer, known for her strange outfits, admits that in life she is quite reserved and shy. “I always feel awkward on the Hollywood stage. It's like I'm back at school and don't fit in the class.”

11. Kristen Stewart


The 'Twilight' star says she's very sensitive and it drives her crazy! And people around her note that the actress often behaves awkwardly and gives short answers in interviews because of her shyness.

12. Steven Spielberg


The eminent director admitted that he never felt comfortable because he was not like most people. “I've always felt awkward and terribly shy around friends,” he shared. nine0005

13. Meryl Streep

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The legendary actress says that sometimes it's good to imagine yourself doing what you thought you couldn't do. “I have to step over myself every day, otherwise give me the freedom, I would sit at home and all I think about is what to cook for dinner.”

14. Barack Obama


Even presidents can be introverts! A prime example of this is Barack Obama. Psychologists say that introverts often make good leaders. That's it! nine0005

15. Tom Hanks


The famous actor prefers email to the phone and says he would throw it away if he could do without it.

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Kristen Stewart and her best roles

Kristen Stewart has been unofficially dubbed Queen of Cannes 2016. On the Cote d'Azur, the actress presents two films: the opening film of the Cannes Film Festival "Civil Life" by Woody Allen and the competition tape "Personal Shopper" by Olivier Assayas. nine0005

Stuart has definitely done something to us, slipped the secret ingredient into us, and we're already thinking about making her our favorite actress? Kristen Stewart is almost as much of a phenomenon as Jennifer Lawrence. Jen Lo knocks you down with his rough vitality, rosy cheeks and the look of a warrior. Kristen, on the other hand, is a godsend for independent projects, not well transformed in box office Hollywood films, an introvert who is clearly out of her element everywhere: she gets confused in long skirts, loses tops, turns to stone in front of the cameras. She's branded a blank face, but in movies, in good movies, she does the magic of acting to the fullest. We have selected films, about each of which we can say: this is her best role. nine0005

Sweet Midnight, 2007

Newcomer director Mary Stuart Masterson's original title, without unnecessary erotic overtones, is The Cake Eaters. 17-year-old Stewart plays a disabled girl, Georgia, who suffers from a rare neurological disease, Friedreich's hereditary ataxia. She loses control of her body, barely walks, talks strangely (for the full effect, you should watch the film in the original) and knows that her life is coming to an end. That is why Georgia tries to have time to do as many bright and important things as possible, among which there is the “experience love” item. Georgia's choice falls on Beagle, who is also not doing well in life ...

"Welcome to the Rileys", 2009

Kristen plays the young stripper Mallory, thanks to whom the married couple (the magnificent James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo), who were moving away from each other due to the death of their daughter, find a common language.

Director Jake Scott is known to have waited two years for Kristen to come of age to star in this film. Well, the wait was definitely not in vain, Kristen is gorgeous: impudent and vulnerable, vulgar and sensual…

The Runaways, 2010

A biopic dedicated to the famous rock singer Joan Jett, who formed the female rock band The Runaways in the 70s. Blonde Dakota Fanning plays the band's vocalist Sheri Carrie.

From Kristen-Joan comes a dark and cheerful force that made the whole halls jump, scream and go crazy with music in the 70s. Kristen, by the way, sings in this movie herself, quite well and surprisingly close to the timbre of the female legend Joan Jett. Preparing for filming, Stewart met with Joan herself, and for good reason: the actress literally mimicked - not only her hairstyle changed, but also her manner of speaking, moving and even looking. nine0005

Sils Maria, 2014

The famous actress played by Juliette Binoche is going to present an award to the old author of the play that once made her famous. However, the playwright suddenly dies, and the actress, along with her assistant (Kristen Stewart), are left to rehearse a new play in his house in a Swiss village.

The acting duet of Binoche and Stewart is the main trump card of the tape, which already has a lot of advantages. Director Olivier Assayas has apparently chosen Kristen Stewart as his mascot. After working together on Sils-Maria, the director and actress met at Assayas' next project, Personal Shopper, a Cannes film entry. nine0005

Equals, 2015

The choice of Kristen, who is famous for her unemotionality, for a role in a film about a future world without emotions is a separate good joke.

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