Kristen Stewart Felt 'Taller' Playing Princess Diana In Spencer

You might've noticed that Kristen Stewart's face is making the rounds on social media this week, alongside a litany of praise for her acting abilities. Honestly, this should just be a weekly routine — let us always talk up the incredible talent of Kristen Stewart. But this particular wave of praise was not apropos of nothing.

The reason behind all the chatter is simple: Stewart's highly anticipated portrayal of Princess Diana has finally been seen by people (who are unfortunately not me). "Spencer" premiered this weekend at the 78th Venice International Film Festival to rave reviews. The love is being spread to many members of the cast and crew — including director Pablo Larraín and co-star Claire Mathon. But the praise for Stewart is through the roof, with her performance being called "magnetic," "tender," and her casting dubbed "a meta stroke of genius." 

And so the hype train continues, with everyone anxious to finally see Stewart's performance on the big screen. Sadly, the film is still a whole two months away, with a theatrical release date set for November 5, 2021. Until then, we'll have to rely on comments from the few lucky enough to see the film early. Thankfully, we also have the insight of "Spencer" star herself, Kristen Stewart.

Kristen Stewart on Spencer

By now, all film fans know that those "Twilight" kids have moved far beyond the vampire-crazed YA flick. Stewart has been showing off her chops for years, in childhood roles like "Panic Room" and recent indies like "Personal Shopper." Given the haunting trailer and wide acclaim for her performance, "Spencer" will be more confirmation of just how talented an actress she is. As for Stewart herself, she seems especially pleased with the role and recently said that she felt "more alive" while making this movie. She even said that the role of the People's Princess made her feel "taller." Speaking at the Venice Film Festival press conference Stewart said:

"I took more pleasure in my physicality making this movie than I have on anything. I felt more free and alive and able to move — and taller, even."

This revelation shouldn't come as a surprise — Princess Diana is an iconic figure with an especially complex legacy. Her immense popularity is part of why she remains a topic of fascination. Stewart also spoke to this, saying:

 "Everyone feels like they know her. That's what's beautiful about her, that she's accessible. You feel like you're friends with her, like she was your mother. But ironically she was the most unknowable person."

The iconic role of Princess Diana has been tackled by quite a few actresses in recent years. This winter also sees the release of "Diana," a musical retelling of the Princess' life. Alongside "Spencer," the musical follows behind season four of "The Crown," which featured Emma Corrin in the same tragic role. 

The question of Diana's legacy is huge and filmmakers are more fascinated than ever with finding answers. As a performer, Stewart talked about being drawn to images of the Princess, saying that in pictures and the few fleeting video clips available, Diana "sticks out as a sparkly house on fire." She added:

"There are some people endowed with an undeniable, penetrating energy. The really sad thing about her is that as normal and casual and disarming in her air [as she is], immediately she also felt so isolated and lonely. She made everyone else feel accompanied and bolstered by this light and all she wanted was to have it back."

Between Diana's dazzling presence and Stewart's undeniable talent, "Spencer" is easily one of this year's most anticipated films.

"Spencer" debuts in theaters on November 5, 2021.