The previews for the upcoming film "Snow White and the Huntsman" show a world that's much darker than Disney's 1937 animated classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." There's no sign of singing dwarfs, and especially no prim princess wearing a sweet little frock. This Snow White gallops on horses while wearing armor, and if she has to wear a dress, it's going to be dark. So as director Rupert Sanders explains, one young actress, known for her slightly rebellious attitude, was a perfect fit for the role: "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart. "[This Snow White's] not a damsel in distress relying on the handsome prince to save her," Sanders reveals to Elle in a new interview with Stewart, 22. "She's someone who bonds the men together to reclaim the kingdom. And Kristen was exactly what she personified: tough, independent, resilient."
Stewart, who's also fiercely private, particularly about her romantic relationship with "Twilight" co-star Robert Pattinson, has been acting for more than a decade. Audiences first took notice of her in 2002's "The Panic Room," where she played Jodie Foster's daughter. And while she's pretty open about her dislike of the fame that comes along with her profession, she still really loves her craft. "Laurence Olivier was asked, 'Actors, what's the impulse? Why?' And he was just like, 'Look at me, look at me, look at me, look at me....' That was his answer. But at the same time it's like, 'Nooo, don't look at me. Look at some version that I'm going to present to you. Let me control it.'"
The image Stewart chooses to present in the Elle photo shoot, which was done by Tom Munro, is that of both a glam Hollywood siren (think Angelina) and a dapper leading man. She posed in designs from high-fashion brands like Gucci, Prabal Gurung, Balenciaga, and Tom Ford. However, one of her accessories was noticeably missing. It was the gold ring she's been spotted wearing on her index finger that's rumored to be from R.Pattz. "Everyone wants to know," she says of the ring. "Everyone knows already — it's ridiculous."Tom Munro
Though Stewart's normally not one for smiling very much, she admits that she's had a pretty good life. The L.A. native confesses that, at times, she even thinks it's been too easy. "You can learn so much from bad things" Stewart says. "I feel boring. I feel like, Why is everything so easy for me? I can't wait for something crazy to f---ing happen to me. Just life. I want someone to f--- me over! Do you know what I mean?" She adds, "It's one of the reasons I want to act. I love living in different worlds, because a lot of times mine is pretty nice and easy."
Read Stewart's full interview in the latest issue of Elle, on newsstands May 22.