Kristen Stewart plays the character Marylou in the big screen adaptation, of the Jack Kerouac book On The Road. Kristen has been doing plenty of promotion, for the film that she feels quite strongly about and has spoken about how she felt a connection with her character in the film.
Stewart told Collider, “I really had to dig pretty deep to find it in me to actually play a person like this. It took a long time. Initially, I couldn’t say no. I would have done anything on the movie. I would have followed in a caravan, had I not gotten a job on it. But, I was 16 or 17 when I spoke to Walter [Salles], for the first time. I was 14 or 15 when I read the book, for the first time. It was easy to connect the dots, after having gotten to know the person behind the character, to see what I would need to pull off a lifestyle like that, but that didn’t happen until deep into the rehearsal process.”
She added, “At first, I was just attracted to the spirit of it. I’m the type of person that really needs to be pushed really hard to be able to really let it all hang, and I think Marylou is the type of person that you can’t help but be yourself around because she’s so unabashedly present, all the time, like this bottomless pit of really generous empathy. That’s a really rare quality to have. It makes you capable of living a really full, really rich life without it taking something from you. You couldn’t take from her. She was always getting something back. She was amazing.”
Kristen Stewart stars alongside Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams and Tom Sturridge in On The Road, which was released in the UK back in October and is set for limited release in the US on December 21.