Finding the balance between the head and the heart is important but I’ve always been very driven by the gut. Every thought or articulated emotion starts in shapes and colors and putting your finger on that is cool, but it’s not necessary.
Some people try to do that thing where you craft a character. I cannot be anyone other than who I am. If I can’t empathize with something [my character] does, it’s a problem. And sometimes I’ve had directors be like, ‘It’s not you, Kristen, it’s the character.’ And I’m like, ‘That’s the laziest thing you can possibly say to me. It is me. It’s definitely me.’
Kristen knows more about the details of being a star than I do because she’s really in the world of paparazzi. There are little things — like how your personal assistant has to check to see if everything is OK before you get out of the car for a big event. You always keep the doors locked in case, or your dress is totally open.