The FABlife sat down with Runaways stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, as well as director Floria Sigismondi, and executive producer Joan Jett to chat about the new film, which left us energized and giddy after going into it with mediocre expectations. The round table interviews were a rare opportunity to pick the brains of two of Hollywood’s most promising actresses, a debut director, and a rock goddess. Needless to say, our hearts were racing faster than post-kiss Bella’s to be in their presence.
The petite duo entered the interview dressed casually chic, in flannel, v-neck tees, leggings, and sneakers. We can’t go on without gushing about how gorgeous KStew – or shall we say KStunning – is in person, even with a grown-out rocker ‘do in dire need of a dye job. With milky skin, striking blue-green eyes, and little freckles adorning her nose; the girl truly has both talent and knockout beauty. Swooning aside, they sat close to each other as they answered questions and finished each others’ sentences, showing how tight they’ve become while filming both The Runaways and The Twilight Saga.
With scenes laden with lingerie, leather, and drugs still resonating in our minds, we had one burning question for 16-year-old Dakota: how did her parents initially react to the script?
“My mom actually read it first and told me that I needed to read it. [laughs] My parents know that this is something that I want to do forever. And obviously, as you get older, there are different things that you can do in films. I think they accepted that I was probably going to be doing those things a long time ago. My parents get it. They understand and support me in the choices that I make.”
Though Steve and Joy Fanning may have expected Dakota to venture into mature roles, we were certainly shocked to see the little girl from I Am Sam writhing about in the famous “Cherry Bomb” corset. Easing the mind of the Fannings and parents everywhere was Sigismondi’s directorial intention. The hyper-sexual nature of The Runaways is about female empowerment rather than voyeurism and objectification. Joan Jett and Cherie Currie were young, empowered girls rebelling against 1970s society by being brash, raunchy, and loud. We talked to the amazingly-modest and incredibly-likable Jett about her rise to fame as a woman in rock n’ roll. When asked if it’s true that a woman must work twice as hard as a man to make it big, Jett gave us a [meaningful] mouthful:
“Where a strong man is a leader, a strong woman is a bitch or a c*nt. And I’m only using words that they say to us, okay? … I don’t know why there aren’t more women playing rock and roll, but if there is a reason, that would be one of them. Because it’s just a pain in the ass to get beat up for just playing music. If you’re going to pick on someone, pick on them for being mean, or nasty, or something that’s tangible, that’s real. To insult them for playing music because you don’t like seeing a woman on stage, just don’t watch it.”
Wise words from a revolutionary rocker. Naturally being the pesky Twi-hards we are, we couldn’t leave the interview on that deep, inspiring note. We had to get the dish on KStew’s maybe-boyfriend Robert Pattinson! A loyal confidant of Stewart, Jett just laughed and said:
“I didn’t ask her much about her life because when you cultivate a friendship, and certainly with someone whose that much in the public eye, I’m going to let her talk to me and tell me what she wants to tell me. I’m not going to be another one of these people going ‘so are you really going out with him?’”
Sorry Robsten hopefuls, we gave it a shot.
The Runaways hits theaters today.