Interview Magazine:Joan Jett Talks About Kristen Stewart in The Runaways

Interview Magazine hits news stands in New York and Los Angeles today, and then the rest of the country shortly. In this issue Joan Jett covers The Runaways movie from her perspective.

MCDONNELL: How was it working with Kristen Stewart, who plays you in the film? What did you tell her? How did she study you?

JETT: Well, I found Kristen to be through and through totally professional and just great to be around. I found us to be really, scarily similar, just in our physicality, the way we move through space. The first time we met was a little over a year ago, New Year’s Eve. She came to see us do a concert. We hung out for the whole day, and I just dumped on her about everything I could think about The Runaways-I mean, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I told her all that stuff and how much it meant to me. Then she went off to do New Moon, and I didn’t see her again until about two weeks before The Runaways thing started. But she is so authentic. The thing that came through to me was that it was important to her to capture it. She really wanted to nail it. So I gave her all The Runaways music that I could find; I gave her tapes of me talking. . . . When we were together prior to the start of filming, she was staring at me the whole time. And I was fine with it because I knew she was watching my posture, my mannerisms, everything I did, the way I hold my hands, just everything. And she really soaked it in. When we were hanging out together on set, it was like I had a mirror image. Even just sitting around, we’d do the same thing at the same time. It was just great-and it wasn’t creepy. It was wonderfully special.”

See the whole interview on Interview.


  1. Wow! Joan has some really great things to say about Kristen. And you can see in all Kristen’s films, she really does try to nail each character. It must have been a lot of pressure for Kristen since Joan is an actual living & breathing person who would be critiquing her portrayal of her. Huge kudos for Kristen for getting Joan’s approval. I cannot wait for this movie to come out!

  2. Can’t wait to see this movie! Kristen was amazing in the Cake Eaters – never leaving the character. Also in Speak – love the scene where she’s dancing in the rain with the boy. She portrayed the bliss and innocence of a young girl who gets the attention of the boy everyone wants, not yet knowing the danger that would come. She is a great actress.

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