‘Who is that?’ Kristen Stewart admits she did not know Diana Spencer when offered role

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Kristen Stewart, 31, recently took on the role of Princess Diana Spencer in the biographical drama Spencer, released last year. The actress has admitted that when she took on the role she did not know what the late princess’ real name was.

I was like, ‘Who is that?’

Kristen Stewart

For her portrayal as Diana, Kristen has received critical acclaim and has earned nominations for Best Actress in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes as well as a Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Actress.

In an interview published today, Kristen has admitted that she did not know what the late princess’ real name was when she was offered the role.

Speaking to W Magazine, she said: “Pablo Larraín called one day and said that he endeavoured to make a movie about Diana Spencer.

“I was like, ‘Who is that?’ It’s actually Princess Diana. And that was her real name.

“His movie is a three-day meditation, fever dream-poem, attempting to imagine what a certain period of time felt like for her, as she was trying to carve out what her identity was.”

The film is inspired by Diana’s decision to end her marriage to Prince Charles and leave the British royal family.

It started in December 1991 when the royal family were preparing to spend the Christmas holidays at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

At this time Diana and Charles’ relationship was very strained due to the latter’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Princess Diana was an international icon due to her activism and glamour, leading to huge popularity.

She died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, along with her partner Dodi Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul.

The only survivor of the car crash was Diana’s bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones.

The televised funeral, on September 6, was watched by a British television audience that peaked at 32.10 million, the highest viewing figures the country had seen.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight back on earlier this week, Kristen reflected on the much talked about film.

She said: “The most resounding takeaway that I have from making this movie was probably how big and how small I felt as her. I’ve never felt so big and so small at the same time.

“And I don’t know, just to sort of be aware that there are certain impactful and, you know, touching people that exist and they’re sort of lightning in a bottle, one-in-a-million special, but their inner lives are maybe not sometimes what it feels like for everyone outside.”

Kristen continued: “It’s like this woman was able to reach out and touch so many people and responsible for so much good in the world, a just sort of unyielding, unbelievable amount of goodness, but at the same time it’s just really nice to, you know, to fall into sort of wake of her dreamy nature.”

Kristen is most famously known for her leading role as Bella Swan in the Twilight franchise, but Kristen has been in a number of other big titles.

These include Cloud of Sils Maria and Certain Women.

The 31-year-old was also the highest-paid actress in the world in 2012, while the Twilight saga was being filmed.

Kristen won a César Award for Best Supporting Actress in Clouds of Sils Maria in 2015 and the Hollywood Critics Association awarded her Actress of the Decade in 2020.

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