Kristen Stewart wants to be known as a daring actress -- but not because she's willing to bare all. In an interview promoting the North American premiere of On The Road, Stewart scoffed at the idea that doing a nude scene makes for a "brave" performance.
"I do hate also when people go, 'Oh, wow, great performance. So brave,'" Stewart told The Huffington Post. "Oh, because I'm naked? That's very annoying. But at the same time, if that's what they're focusing on, then On the Road probably isn't for them anyway."
On the Road, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, has gotten a lot of press for Stewart's explicit scenes. She not only appears topless; she participates in a threesome and performs sex acts in a car. But as far as the 22-year-old actress is concerned, those scenes were essential for capturing the essence of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel.
"I think that in this case, it needed to be," said Stewart. "This book celebrates being alive and it celebrates being human, and if you want to cover up and deny any aspect of that, you are denying the spirit of the book. I think that it would have been so wrong to shy away from anything in this movie."
If there was a reason to decline the nude scenes, says Stewart, "I think that it would have been that I was scared to disappoint my Twilight fans or something." But she says not interested in taking roles for the sake of her maintaining (or changing) her public image.
"I can't pragmatically approach anything in terms of my career. I need to be so rocked by something, so moved by something that the idea of letting it down or ruining it is painful...and the reason you make the movie is to find out why it made you feel all those things," Stewart explained. "Those things are so rare to find that if you start also considering what people are going to think, you'll never make a movie."
On the Road opens in limited release on Dec. 21... just in time for Kristen Stewart to be eligible for an Oscar nomination. Coincidence?