Six weeks after Kristen Stewart’s affair with a married film director threatened to crush her image with adoring fans, the 22-year-old actress greeted screaming fans and hoards of media at the premiere for On the Road at the Ryerson Theatre with her head (mostly) held high.
For days, many were wondering how Stewart would react on the red carpet. Would she breeze by, shunning the press and her legions of fans (who waited for over eight hours to see her in the flesh), or would she hold her chin up, pose for photos and chat with the press?
She ended up doing a fair bit of both – probably more than anyone expected. Bookended by the film’s co-star Garrett Hedlund and an army of press handlers, she amiably signed autographs for most things that were thrust her way and was seemingly unfazed by a smattering of catcalls. When asked what she thinks of the city (she was also here for the premiere of Into the Wild in 2007), Stewart replied, “I love Toronto.”
Asked about the huge turnout of people for the film’s premiere, Stewart pointed to the book’s enduring popularity. “I think most of them were fans before I had anything to do with (On the Road), which is why they’re here.”
She was also confident of her ability to play the brazen lover of Hedlund’s Dean Moriarty in the film. “There wasn’t a second that I questioned why I was there… it was so the right thing for me.”
Wearing a floral dress, with her hair pulled back, Stewart’s red carpet look skewed glam, but when asked about the Breaking Dawn 2 trailer that was airing during MTV’s VMAs that very night, she had little to say.
“I know,” she muttered, when she was reminded the clip was being shown that night.
Still, on an evening where she could have taken the easy road (heck, Walter Salles, the film’s director, made a beeline past much of the press), Stewart stuck around for well over an hour and gave her fans a reason to keep cheering her on.
Click here for video of Kristen on the red carpet last night.