Kristen Stewart has been on a daunting journey, just like Bella, the teenager she plays in the global hit Twilight. In New Moon, the second film in the big-screen saga, Bella struggles after the sudden departure of her vampire love, Edward (heartthrob Robert Pattinson) and finds her loyalties tested as her friendship with the irresistible Jacob grows.
Stewart told Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf that coming to terms with overnight celebrity has been a personal struggle.
“As soon as I stopped trying to control everything that came out of my mouth and every picture of me that came out, that’s when I became so much happier. It wasn’t like some big turning point; I’ve just grown into being able not to care as much. I realize that I’m not going to be able to influence…”
Carla Gugino has played a wide range of women in her career, but never a porn star. Now, thanks to her longtime boyfriend, filmmaker Sebastian Gutierrez (Snakes on A Plane, Gothika), she gets her chance in the dramedy Women in Trouble.
Gugino doesn’t get any sex scenes, but she does appear in lingerie, as do most of the other actresses. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out from Carla why the female cast members were ready to strip down to the bare essentials.
“There is no one besides Sebastian Gutierrez that could get all of us in this movie into our underwear and still have us be OK with it. I think it’s his European sensibility and style, even though he was born in Venezuela. In countries like France, Spain and Italy, women are celebrated for their physical beauty, but they also can be strong and complex. This film is a celebration of the complexity of women…”
Nick Frost was a hit on British TV with his pal comedian Simon Pegg before the pair scored international success with their hit zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead, followed by Hot Fuzz.
Now, Frost is co-starring in Pirate Radio, the new film from Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Love Actually). In the movie, he plays one of a group of rogue DJs broadcasting from a ship off of the British coast due to a government ban on rock and roll.
Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out why playing ’60s classics was a musical education for Frost and how reuniting with Pegg in Steven Spielberg’s Adventures of Tintin put his acting chops to the test.
“I did enjoy being a radio DJ in the film, but I’d never be able to do it for real. I wouldn’t want to play what they have on the playlist. That’s my problem with commercial radio at the moment; you’re kind of beholden to what marketing would like you to play as opposed to what people would like to listen to…”
Amanda Peet is in the middle of her first action movie–and it’s a show-stopper. 2012 gives director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) the chance to recreate every major disaster imaginable as Peet and her ex-husband, played by John Cusack, flee with their kids from the end of the world.
Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf discovered that Amanda defines herself as a wimp, but was ready for the ride — even though she doesn’t always work for the perfect action-movie bod.
“I e-mailed Jake Gyllenhaal, who was in Day After Tomorrow, before I signed on. I said, ‘Is Roland Emmerich great or is he a nightmare? Tell me the truth because life is short and I need to know what’s up.’ And Jake replied, ‘He is the most divine, great person to work for ever and you should run and do it…”
Nicolas Cage hasn’t delivered a performance as intense and far-out since he pushed it to the limit in films like Wild At Heart and Vampire’s Kiss.
In Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans, Cage is a drug-addicted cop who bends the rules and breaks the law even as he risks his life to solve a brutal multiple murder. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out why Cage couldn’t wait to go for broke again.
“I was trying to find a way to play a guy who was high on crack and other illegal substances and at the same time be responsible and not glamorize the drugs or drug-taking but show the hideous effects. So, it’s OK if people see my performance as a little out the window. Acting doesn’t need to be different than painting…”