Kristen Stewart says people are no longer shocked by wild behaviour.
The 22-year-old has recently hit headlines after admitting her affair with married director Rupert Sanders.
Now she is starring in movie On the Road, based on the book by Jack Kerouac.
The story chronicles some of the Beat Generation's antics - which Kristen says would have been scandalous in the 1950s, when the book was written.
"If anything, it's kind of cool that it's happening now because maybe it's easier for people to not focus on - not be kind of blinded by - the more extreme things that they do," Kristen explained to Access Hollywood.
"It's like they can actually see the spirit of it. 'Cause it's like we're not so shocked by things any more, which is great, which is something that they helped to do."
The movie also stars Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund.
Kristen is convinced the timing of the film is crucial, as it allows viewers to focus on the content of the story.
"Maybe if they had made the movie years and years and years ago, people wouldn't be able to see it for what its spirit is," she mused.
"They would just be able to see like the crazy, wild behaviour, which now is so different."
The star has been promoting the film at the Toronto Film Festival.
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