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Kristen Stewart Was Completely Unable To Open Mouth Due To Anxiety Over Playing Diana

Rebecca Shepherd

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Kristen Stewart Was Completely Unable To Open Mouth Due To Anxiety Over Playing Diana

Kristen Stewart has revealed she was so anxious to play Princess Diana in the new upcoming film Spencer that she couldn't open her mouth for two weeks before shooting.

The 31-year-old actor plays the late princess in the film - which is set over three days at Christmas at Sandringham after the royal marriage between Diana and Prince Charles collapsed.


But speaking about her struggles, the Twilight star told the BBC: "I had TMJ [temporomandibular joint - which meant that her jaw stayed shut] to the point where I was like, completely locked up.


"I was like, 'Huh, I guess I'm really nervous' - I was really tripping out until we started."

The eagerly anticipated movie was unveiled in the UK with a premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.

Directed by the Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain, the film shows Diana bracing herself to face the royal family over the festive period.

Speaking of the help she got from the director, Stewart explained how he told her to 'relax and trust the process', suggesting she would be best relying on her extensive preparation.


Admitting that she 'didn't grow up following the sort of saga' and saying that she didn't have the 'most developed or defined relationship' with the Royal Family in general she had to do a lot of work.

Credit: NEON
Credit: NEON

She added: "I read everything, I wanted every photo... watched all the interviews that I could get my hands on.

"I watched The Crown, I watched every iteration of interpretation. I just tried to absorb her in an emotional and general way, and then trust the process, and expect her to show up."


Speaking at the BFI London Film Festival, Stewart said: "I hope she's watching," going on to say: "People have taken from her for a long time. I think she was a generous person, that's what I feel from her.

"Our first step into this always was with love and admiration, and if we didn't love her we wouldn't have made the movie.

"So, it comes from a genuinely careful and considerate place, and we're lucky to have had the opportunity."

Stewart said she also wanted to inject moments of joy into her portrayal of Diana, adding: "The only way to do this correctly, which wasn't actually ultimately the goal, would be to feel her light.


"I think my biggest takeaway was even when she feels at her lowest moments, and she feels sort of at odds with the world that she's interacting with, there still is something kind of exploding out the centre of it.

"And without that, you wouldn't have been true to her."

Spencer will be released in UK cinemas on November 5.

Featured Image Credit: Komplizen Film

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity

Rebecca Shepherd
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