Kristen Stewart’s mom Jules Stewart, 58, wants to try her hand at directing. She has been in show business for longer than Kristen has been alive, most of the time as a script supervisor, but now she is making her debut as a director, reports the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, March 14. Her first effort, “K-11” opens in theaters Friday.
After three decades working behind the scenes on films such as "Mortal Kombat" and "Little Giants," it is surely time for her big break. But Kristen Stewart’s mom is worried. What if people think she got the directing job only because of her far-more-famous daughter? What a turnaround. It usually works the other way.
And it probably did. Kristen Stewart certainly got more notice, as the daughter of a show business family – her father is a stage manager and television producer – when auditioning for her first small roles.
But then “Twilight” happened, and Kristen Stewart shot up the fame charts. Now her mother is working in Kristen’s shadow. “It's extremely frustrating for me, because she's 22 years old and I'm almost 60,” said Stewart. “In terms of life experience — hello! — I have it all over her. It's not like I came out of nowhere.” And she has an arm full of tattoos to prove it.
This movie is dark and depressing. There are no vampire love scenes. Instead it covers rape and drug dealing. One specific role was written for Kristen, but her schedule got too hectic, and it had to be recast. This movie is Jules’ work, not Kristen’s, even though the advertising trades on Kristen’s name.
Still Jules is proud of her daughter’s career. She calls Kristen a “homebody.” And she says it with love.