‘I’m excited to bring it home’: Kristen Stewart at ‘Spencer’ premiere in London

08 October 2021 - 10:09 By Hanna Rantala
Kristen Stewart at the 'Spencer' premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall.
Kristen Stewart at the 'Spencer' premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall.
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American actress Kristen Stewart premiered the drama Spencer at the London Film Festival on Thursday, saying she was excited to bring her portrayal of the late Princess Diana to British audiences.

The 31-year-old has won rave reviews for her performance in the movie. Set over three days, it follows Diana when she reluctantly heads to Sandringham House for a Christmas gathering with the British royals as her marriage to Prince Charles crumbles.

Directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain, Spencer first screened at the Venice Film Festival last month, with some critics touting Stewart, who rose to global fame in The Twilight Saga movies, for a best actress Oscar nomination.

“I’m excited to bring it home. We came at this with such love. Even if everyone hated it, it kind of would be OK because we did put everything we had into it,” Stewart told Reuters on the red carpet.

WATCH | 'Spencer' trailer.

“We love her so much and wanted to understand her. I hope everyone loves it as much as we love her.”

Spencer paints Diana as increasingly isolated from members of the royal family and desperate to free herself from stifling traditional rules. It also shows her close relationship with her sons, princes William and Harry.

“I was influenced by Pablo’s audacious confidence. He literally was like ‘I think you definitely need to do this movie with me’,” said Stewart, who is also known for her roles in  Seberg, Clouds of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper.

“I couldn’t resist the temptation. She’s a real draw. I was drawn to her.”

The London Film Festival, which runs until October 17, has seen a return to red carpet premieres this year after a mainly virtual event last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.