Kristen Stewart on ‘Underwater’ and Why She’s Taking a Break from Acting

     January 10, 2020

With director William Eubank’s (The SignalUnderwater now playing in theaters, I recently sat down with Kristen Stewart to talk about making the sci-fi thriller. As you probably know from the trailers, Stewart is part of an underwater research team that’s forced to scramble to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. Unlike a lot of films that set up the situation with a lot of foreshadowing and character development, Underwater begins with Stewart brushing her teeth and almost immediately the shit hits the fan. It’s a 90-minute non-stop thriller. If you’re afraid of the unexplored regions of the ocean, you might want to skip this film. Underwater was written by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad and also stars Vincent CasselJohn Gallagher Jr.T.J. MillerMamoudou Athie, and Jessica Henwick.

underwater-posterDuring the interview, Stewart talked about why she was drawn to the script, why she doesn’t like saying “no” to things, if she enjoys swimming in the ocean, and more. In addition, if you’re not aware, Stewart is getting ready to write and direct her first feature, which is based on Lidia Yuknavitch’s novel The Chronology of Water. Stewart said she’s trying to finish the first draft before starting on her next acting role in a few weeks and after that wraps she’s going to completely focus on her feature directorial debut.

Here’s the synopsis of The Chronology of Water from Amazon followed by exactly what Stewart talked about.

“This is not your mother’s memoir. In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman’s developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women. Her emergence as a writer evolves at the same time and takes the narrator on a journey of addiction, self-destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.”


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Kristen Stewart:

  • Does she enjoy swimming in the ocean?
  • What drew her to the script?
  • How she’s about to act in a movie and after that she’s focusing on writing and directing her first feature.

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