Revisiting Spencer: Kristen Stewart's haunting portrayal of Princess Diana's turmoil
Looking back at "Spencer," Kristen Stewart's portrayal of Princess Diana remains hauntingly memorable.
Kristen Stewart (Source: Glamour)
It's hard to believe it's been almost two years since Kristen Stewart took on the daunting role of Princess Diana in the critically acclaimed film, "Spencer." As we look back, the film's chilling portrayal of Diana's life, especially during her visits to Sandringham, remains as haunting as ever. With the film's script drawing from real-life accounts and traditions, Stewart's portrayal of the late Princess of Wales was nothing short of mesmerizing.
A reflection in the mirror: Diana's harrowing Sandringham visits
One of the most shocking revelations from the film was the tradition at Sandringham where Queen Elizabeth insisted on weighing each visitor upon entry and exit. "Imagine Diana in her circumstance—and the fact that everything [during that weekend] is based around food and what you wear and how you look. Everything is about what’s in the mirror, not what’s really there,” said the scriptwriter. The weight tradition, especially considering Diana's battle with bulimia, was a stark reminder of the immense pressure she faced within the palace walls.
Adding to the emotional weight was the fact that Diana's childhood home, Park House, stood as a dilapidated structure on the same estate. The film beautifully captured Diana's internal struggle - torn between the demands of the royal family and the echoes of her authentic self that seemed to haunt her from her past.
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Stewart and Larraín: A unique cinematic bond
For Kristen Stewart, stepping into Diana's shoes was no easy feat. The emotional depth and complexity of the character demanded a lot from the actress. Yet, under the guidance of director Pablo Larraín, Stewart felt a sense of liberation. "I always felt like I could just flail and throw myself at him and be like, You need to handle all of my questions and emotions," Stewart reminisced about her time on set. Their unique bond translated into a raw and intimate portrayal of Diana's life on screen.
In retrospect, "Spencer" wasn't just a film; it was a deep dive into the psyche of a beloved figure, brought to life by the unparalleled talent of Kristen Stewart and the visionary direction of Pablo Larraín.
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