Kristen Stewart, one of Young Hollywood’s serious actors, slams people like Kim Kardashian for using sex tapes to become famous, calling them fakes, liars and “not honest.”
Her harsh assessment is contained in a new interview in Interview magazine. She talks with Los Angeles film critic Elvis Mitchell about the craft of acting and why she is so reluctant to do media interviews to promote films.
“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,” she said. “I mean, there’s that awesome quote where [actress] Joanne Woodward said, ‘Acting is like sex: you should do it, not talk about it.’
“People talk about sex now all the time,” Mitchell replied.
“Oh, I know,” Stewart countered. “But do they really talk about it personally?”
“They sell it. I mean, there are people who have gotten to be famous by having sex tapes of themselves out there. You can’t be more forthright about that than, “Here I am having sex . . .” Mitchell said.
The most obvious “person” of course is Kardashian, who made a sex tape with rapper boyfriend Ray-J in 2007. She eventually negotiated a reported $5 million deal to sell it to porn producer Vivid Entertainment. The tape helped Kardashian, then an unknown, land her reality television show.
Socialite Paris Hilton also sold a sex tape to help launch her career.
“Yeah,” Kristen acknowledged, “but they’re lying while that video is being made,” she added.
“The act is in itself a lie. You’re faking something. The girl is lying there, she’s pretending that she doesn’t know the camera’s on, she’s getting banged, and ‘accidentally’ it leaks out? Everyone leaks their own sex tapes!
“That’s a ploy to get famous—that’s not about the sex. It’s not like when Madonna did her ‘Sex’ book, and it was an artistic endeavor where she acknowledged it and spoke about it and was so upfront about it.
It’s different. It’s not upfront. It’s not honest. It’s a ploy to get famous,” Stewart said.