I have realized that you can close yourself off to life if you put walls up, but it’s a difficult thing. You can’t see over people, can’t see in and you also can’t see out. So I have gotten quite comfortable with being unafraid. I keep saying the same thing, it’s not about being fearless but really just embracing the fears and using them. …. I’m a contemporary, sensitive, normal girl, and it’s difficult to try and empathize with someone who seems to have a lack of empathy [Kristen’s character in ‘On the Road’].
—Kristen Stewart, from V magazine, on using her fears to propel her forward, and also on empathy, which is a new development, here. Empathy? That’s, like, a really, really advanced emotion. There’s just so much that goes into it and it takes someone who’s got a good conceptualization of complicated human feelings. Is something big happening here with Kristen? Something … I don’t know, adult? Because gosh, I just couldn’t be prouder if I tried (no, honestly—if I’d actually gone and tried).