Kristen Stewart Grows Up

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Kristen Stewart appears on Interview’s 40th anniversary October cover photographed by Craig McDean and—wrapped in cellophane and dressed in leather—she couldn’t be more different from her wide-eyed Twilight character, Bella Swan. "It’s sort of a depressing thing to lose a character just when you’ve been able to get to know her," Stewart tells Dennis Hopper in the accompanying interview. Though Stewart took a break from Bella to play Joan Jett in the upcoming Runaways (hence the haircut), she’ll be back to Twilight in no time. The second installment of the Stephenie Meyer series¸ New Moon, is due out in November and she’s busy filming the third, Eclipse. "She’s of the moment and in the moment," Interview’s Creative Director Karl Templer told The Daily Beast. "She has the spirit of a tomboy, a female James Dean... She’s kind of androgynously sexy."

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Leather and cellophane in one frame—lace and fur in the next. But that balance between innocence and maturity is one the 19-year-old Stewart handles expertly. That is what Twilight’s all about, after all. "The weirdest fucking themes run through this story—like dominance and masochism," Stewart told Dennis Hopper of the movie. "I mean, you always have to realize that the story needs to make sense to the 11-year-olds who read the book and aren’t necessarily going to be viewing a scene as foreplay. But then there is the other segment of the audience—a large percentage—who does see the scene as foreplay. And it’s pretty deep, heady foreplay."

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Kristen Stewart is rolling in bed—but it looks nothing like her famed Twilight sex scene with Robert Pattinson. Instead, it’s in an abandoned house in Los Angeles, where the Interview team assembled the shoot. And—a far cry from the virginal Bella Swan—Stewart is wearing a Burberry Prorsum leopard print coat instead of pajamas. According to Templer, Stewart wasn’t channeling Bella Swan in the shoot. "The character that she portrayed is a version of her that’s very honest," he said. And Stewart agrees: "There’s an idea about who I am that’s eternally projected onto me, and then I almost feel like I have to fulfill that role. Even when things come out of my mouth, I want to be sure I’m saying exactly what I mean."

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Stewart has been rumored to have an on-again off-again fling with her co-star Robert Pattinson, but when it comes to her love life, it’s no shock that she’s tight-lipped, claiming she’s really a homebody at heart. "I don’t leave my hotel room—literally, I don’t," she says. "I don’t talk to anybody about my personal life, and maybe that perpetuates it, too. But it’s really important to own what you want to own and keep it to yourself."

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Though Stewart is still young—and just beginning to become a household name and face—there is something undeniably classic about her. She’s not transformed here, but rather portrayed in a way that a piece of her attitude—that effortless, I-don’t-give-a-shit tomboyishness—shines through. "This is a girl who dresses for herself," says Templer, adding that the clothes "look like she chose them, and make her feel kind of good. They don’t scream sexy or non-sexy—they’re kind of neutral." But regardless of the vampire eyes, black hair and Louis Vuitton dress, the spread brings Stewart down to earth. "Both myself and Craig McDean are English, and we have a different idea of how women are in America," says Templer. "We didn’t want to put her on a pedestal—we wanted to make her relevant."