Kristen Returns to the Supernatural in Personal Shopper
“I feel tied to things or inspired by things that I can’t necessarily articulate to another person: the feeling of a room, or when you project memories onto everything,” she tells Made in Hollywood. “You have like psychic experiences experiences sometimes where you say: I knew that was going to happen, or Maybe I made that happen, or Maybe somebody else made that happen for me. Like a spirit or whatever, an overriding energy. I believe in all those things.”
Kristen Stewart Is an American in Paris Reaching Out to Her Dead Brother in Personal Shopper
Certainly her character Maureen does, too, as this young American working in Paris as a celebrity’s personal shopper begins a scary dialogue with what may or may not be the ghost of her dead brother. It’s all messing with the mind of Maureen who’s so lost and confused in such a surreal world that typical character prep for Stewart proved fruitless.
“I didn’t have any way to prepare to be as isolated and lonely and at odds with logic as she is right off the bat,” says Stewart. “Every second of the movie was painful. Every second of the movie hurt. So in preparing, I didn’t do anything to prepare. I just sort of held my breath and said, Let’s go, let’s start now.”
Kristen Stewart on Whether She Now Believes in Ghosts after Personal Shopper
So did Stewart’s latest deep dive into the Other Side leave her believing in ghosts? The answer, like the plot of “Personal Shopper,” is complicated.
“I believe in the interaction with things that are impossible to have in an external way, signs that you read into thinking that karma plays into things, that ultimately there’s a design or something,” she says. “That’s stuff I think about all the time. But whether I have ghostly experiences in being able to find ghosts of people who used to be alive but that are no longer alive? Who knows?”
Much clearer was that director-writer Olivier Assayas, who collaborated with Stewart on “Clouds of Sils Maria” in 2014, handed her a role to die for.
“When I started writing a story of a contemporary American girl, my reference point was Kristen because we had just worked together,” he says. “But I had no idea if she would be interested and would want to try to go in that weird direction with me. … The minute I finished writing the screenplay the one person I gave it to was Kristen because that was just an obvious gesture. And the minute I gave it to her I had to admit this had been for her since day one.”