Kristen Stewart says she believes she ‘took in Princess Diana’s lingering energy’ for her Spencer role – and wondered every day if the late royal could ‘see her’ from beyond the grave
Kristen Stewart has said she believes in a ‘lingering energy’ and claimed she ‘took in’ Princess Diana for her Spencer role.
Speaking to The Guardian, the American Twilight star, 31, who is playing the Princess of Wales in the biopic, admitted her remarks ‘sounded kooky’ after suggesting she felt the royal’s presence.
She said: ‘I don’t know if I believe in anything. I don’t believe in ghosts, but I don’t not believe in ghosts. I believe in a lingering energy. I took her in, whether or not it was my idea of her or there was some actual literal remnant of her.’
Kristen continued: ‘I guess it sounds kooky to start talking about stuff like this. But there wasn’t a day that went by that I wasn’t like: “What does she think about this? I wonder if she can see me?”‘
Kristen Stewart has said she believes in a ‘lingering energy’ and claimed she ‘took in’ Princess Diana for her Spencer role (pictured)
Speaking to The Guardian, the American Twilight star, 31, who is playing the Princess of Wales (pictured in 1993) in the biopic, admitted her remarks ‘sounded kooky’ after suggesting she felt the royal’s presence
Taking on the role was a ‘full-body exercise’, said the actress. ‘The most muscular, unintuitive, yet extremely instinctive thing. It was weird: I needed to master it in order to kind of mess it up.’
Spencer focuses on a fictionalised Sandringham gathering at Christmas 1991, when Princess Diana is at peak fame and about to split from her husband, Prince Charles.
The first trailer for the movie was released last month, with Kristen’s take on the late Royal’s accent heard for the first time.
Set in 1991 and set for release on November 5, the short clip saw the Hollywood star roaming the grounds of Sandringham Estate at Christmas time as her marriage to Prince Charles breaks down in the wake of divorce and infidelity rumours.
Spencer focuses on a fictionalised Sandringham gathering at Christmas 1991, when Princess Diana is at peak fame and about to split from her husband, Prince Charles. Pictured, Kristen on Tuesday
The script, written by English screenwriter Steven Knight, who has also written Peaky Blinders, follows the moments when Diana realises she needs to ‘veer from a path that puts her in-line to one day be Queen.’
A similar Christmas was just dramatised on the latest season of The Crown, for which Emma Corrin earned widespread critical acclaim.
Kristen explained how the movie takes place over a three day-period with the wedding dress scene included in a montage that gives the audience a ‘taste of the scope of her life’.
Surreal: Kristen revealed to Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday that it felt ‘spooky’ to wear a replica of Princess Diana’s wedding dress in the Spencer biopic. Pictured left is Stewart in the film and on the right the late royal at her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles
‘When we put that dress on, it is embedded in a montage that kind of flashed her life before you,’ Kristen began.
‘Even though the movie takes place over a three-day period and even though I play her as a speculatively 29, 30-year-old person, we still wanted to give a taste of the scope of her life.
‘Kind of touch on every part, even if it was in kind of lyrical dance. And the wedding dress is embedded in that montage and putting that on was a spooky day,’ she continued.