Kristen Stewart has opened up on her role as Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín’s new film Spencer. She revealed that she had “spooky, mystical experiences” while filming and that the late queen gave her the “sign-off” to play the role.
Spencer recently premiered to critical praise at the Venice and Telluride film festivals.
Stewart discussed making the film, which is set over three days during Christmas 1991, when Diana stayed at Norfolk’s Sandringham House, with the LA Times after Spencer’s debut at Telluride.
“Even if I was just fantasizing. I felt like there were moments where I kind of got the sign-off,” said Stewart. “[Diana] felt so alive to me when I was making this movie, even if it’s all between the ears and it was just a fantasy of mine. But there were moments where my body and mind would forget she was dead. ”
“It was … a fight to keep her alive every day, and so remembering that she was dead was just absolutely lacerating. It just destroyed me constantly. And that itself felt spiritual… there were times where I was like, ‘Oh, God,’ almost like she was, you know, trying to break through. It was weird. And amazing. I’ve never felt anything like it in my life.”
Spencer was described as “a considerable upgrade on the ill-fated 2014 biopic in which Naomi Watts played Diana” by Geoffrey MacNab in a three-star review for The Independent.
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Stewart’s transformative performance as a luminous Lady Diana in Spencer, describing the three agonizing days in the reluctant royal’s life, has been hailed by critics as “impeccable” and “inspired.”
Stewart mingled with journalists and festivalgoers at Spencer’s Venice, and Telluride premieres this week, with Toronto next on her campaign itinerary. The academy adores a British royal, just ask previous best-actress winners Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), and Helen Mirren (“The Queen”), and Stewart is long overdue for an Oscar.
The film is set to be released in theaters on November 5th.