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Kristen Stewart: I'm a rebel

Actress Kristen Stewart believes "carving out" her identity is more important than living up to people's expectations.

Twilight star Kristen Stewart has a "rebellious side" and never lets anyone tell her how to do things

The actress got her big break playing Bella in the vampire franchise but has since moved on to indie projects like Clouds of Sils Maria and American Ultra. People might question why she took a step back from blockbusters, but Kristen has always had a clear idea of what she wants.

"I definitely have a rebellious side!" she laughed to Diva magazine. "I like to be able to do things my own way and be able to carve out my own identity without worrying too much about what others expect you to do. When it comes to my work, I won't do any film where I don't feel completely committed to the story and the character I'm playing. I need to be fully invested emotionally in every project and that's the only way I can work."

Kristen hopes she comes across as authentic and uses her work to assess her own psychology. Finally, she's reached a place where she feels comfortable in her own skin.

"I'm a lot happier and I'm feeling really good," she smiled. "I feel I can be myself more and not allow myself to get sidetracked by other considerations or advice from people. Earlier in my career I had too many people telling me what I should be doing and it was hard for me to deal with all that. That was very confusing for me because I've always been the type of person who likes to do her own thing."

The 25-year-old star particularly struggled with all the attention Twilight drummed up. She and co-star and then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson were under scrutiny from the media at every event and it became draining.

"I've always been shy," she sighed. "I'm still that way even now, even after I've been in this business basically all my life and grew up knowing everything about movies."

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