Kristen Stewart felt "uncomfortable" having her personal life made public as a teen.
The 26-year-old actress has opened up about being catapulted to fame at the age of 17 when she starred in ‘Twilight’ as the vulnerable Bella Swan – alongside her on-screen and later real-life boyfriend Robert Pattinson [Edward Cullen] – and while it was a "weird" experience for her it also taught her how to deal with the pressures of being in the spotlight.
Speaking during her first ever appearance on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, she explained: "It was something I really invested in. It mattered to so many people. Something personal became the most personal thing, which is awesome because to share this is great, but at the same time I was 17 or 18 when it all kind of went down and that’s the most uncomfortable, terrible, weird … You’re 17-years-old and like ahh. But at the same time, it was good. It kind of forced me to stand at attention in this way."
Kristen has been more open to talking about her personal life of late, which she says has been "beneficial" as it means she is able to explain herself and not have people "misconstrue" her.
She recently said: "I think it takes a minute to sort of acclimate to communicating with so many people at one time, with like, ‘The masses,’ you know.
"I think it’s only beneficial, like … for me to have so many pathways open, it ends up kind of not allowing people to misconstrue you."
Kristen is currently dating musician St. Vincent – real name Annie Clark – and recently explained that she has become more willing to discuss her love life ever since she started dating women.
She shared: "I was like, ‘Actually, to hide this provides the implication that I’m not down with it or I’m ashamed of it,’ so I had to alter how I approached being in public. It opened my life up and I’m so much happier."