Kristen Stewart believes the spirit of Princess Diana gave her a ‘sign-off’ for her performance in Spencer.
The 31-year-old actress portrays the late royal – who died in a car accident in 1997 – in the upcoming biography and she admitted she experienced some ‘spooky, spiritual feelings’ while shooting the film, which focuses on a three-day period over the 1991 festive season when Diana was staying at the Sandringham estate.
Asked whether she had ever had a paranormal encounter, she said: ‘No. But I felt some spooky, spiritual feelings making this movie. Even if I was just fantasizing. I felt like there were moments where I kind of got the sign-off.’
A thumbs up from the other side: Kristen Stewart believes the spirit of Princess Diana gave her a ‘sign-off’ for her performance in Spencer
The way she was: Diana, Princess Of Wales in Italy in 1985 wearing a suit by Bruce Oldfield
And Kristen admitted there were times when she ‘forgot’ Diana was dead and it ‘destroyed’ her every time she remembered the princess was no longer alive.
She told the LA Times: ‘[Diana] felt so alive to me when I was making this movie, even if it’s all between the ears and it was just a fantasy of mine. But there were moments where my body and mind would forget she was dead.
‘It was … a fight to keep her alive every day, and so remembering that she was dead was just absolutely lacerating. It just destroyed me constantly. And that itself felt spiritual … there were times where I was like, “Oh, God,” almost like she was, you know, trying to break through.
‘Spooky, spiritual feelings’: While Stewart, seen here at the Venice International Film Festival, did not have a paranormal experience, she did same she had ‘spooky, spiritual feelings’ on set
An era: The film focuses on a three-day period over the 1991 festive season when Diana was staying at the Sandringham estate. Diana in 1994
‘It was weird. And amazing. I’ve never felt anything like it in my life.’
Kristen recently spoke of her admiration for Diana, insisting she is unlike many public figures of the past.
She said: ‘We haven’t had many of those people throughout history. Diana stands out just as a sparkly house on fire.’
Keeping her memory alive: Stewart said that it was difficult to keep Diana alive onset everyday, and remembering she wasn’t ‘was just absolutely lacerating’
‘A sparkly house on fire’: The actress described the Princess of Wales as a ‘sparkly house on fire’ and admitted there have been few people like that in history
Praised at the premiere: The film debuted last week at the Venice International Film Festival and was received well by the critics
Spencer premiered at the Venice International Film Festival last week. It is scheduled for wide release in November.
The film is just the latest in a string of movies lifting Stewart back to prominence.
The Twilight Star also appeared in Happiest Season, a holiday rom-com following Stewart’s character who wants to propose to her girlfriend but can’t because her girlfriend’s parents don’t know she is gay.
She will also appear in Crimes of the Future, a science fiction film that is currently in production.
Career on the rise: Spencer is just the latest in a number of film that are returning Stewart to prominence including Charlie’s Angels (2019) and Happiest Season (2020) ; seen on September 3 in Venice, Italy
While her career is skyrocketing once more, her personal life has been remarkably consistent.
Stewart is still dating longtime girlfriend, screenwriter Dylan Meyer. The two met on a movie set years ago but only began dating in 2019.
The Charlie’s Angels star previously dated famous faces such as her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson and model Stella Maxwell.
- Kristen Stewart felt Princess Diana’s presence for ‘Spencer’ – Los Angeles Times