Do you feel more at peace about being in the spotlight these days?
KS: I just feel more comfortable, more myself, and I feel less bare. I feel much more like nobody can take anything from me. Before, I felt literally like my chest was cracked open and people could just reach in and examine and pick at anything they wanted, and it just freaked me right out.
EW: You got a lot of criticism recently for comparing the intrusiveness of the paparazzi to rape. The comment got blown out of proportion very quickly, and you apologized.
KS: I’m so sensitive about stuff like that. That is the one subject that means a lot to me … I used the wrong word. I should have said “violated.” But I’m young and emotional. It’s just the way it goes sometimes. I probably shouldn’t say this, but I just feel like people got so excited once they saw that it was me. It was like, “Sweet! Let’s get her!” And then for the people to exploit it under the guise of being morally upstanding is disgusting — and it embarrassed me because I was a part of it.
EW: Did you see it all unfold and then think, I have to issue an apology?
KS: No, I was in Korea when it all got bad. My publicist called me and said RAINN had issued this terrible statement.
RP: Who’s Rain?
KS: You know, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.
RP: None of those associations came out and gave a statement without being called upon by the media first — who were doing it specifically to get hits on their websites. That whole system of Internet journalists, where no one is called to account, is almost entirely about hate. All these people get away with doing it because they have no responsibility to anyone. All they need is to get a salacious headline and people click on it, because it’s easy. And it’s quite good being part of these Twilight films because you have to give so many interviews all the time, you can defend yourself. That’s the only way. All of us stick together, as well. There are so many little nerds behind their computers, on their little blogs.
KS: See, if I said that? Crucifixion. You can say so much more than me. It’s insane.
RP: That’s not true at all. When did I say anything [controversial]?
KS: … You could say, “I just took a s*** on the Queen’s face,” and people would be like, “Oh, I love him! I love him!”
“Take a shit on the Queen’s face.” I’m kind of loving that, and I’m thinking I’m going to have to start implementing that in my day-to-day conversation with people. Especially total strangers.
Oh, and also? Not so much a Twilight fan (I kind of don’t even know what it’s about other than sweet, sweet vampire sex and intrusive werewolves), but I forgive you over the “nerd” with the “blog” thing, Robert. Why don’t you come on over here and I’ll just show you how non-nerdy I really am, huh? We’ll just start by taking all of our clothes off, and we’ll go from there.