KEY POINTS

  • Kristen Stewart said she appreciates that "Spencer" has ignited "such a large conversation"
  • The "Twilight" actress made extensive preparations for the role
  • Diana's former bodyguard claimed Stewart had "the closest" portrayal out of all the actresses who played the royal in the past decade

Kristen Stewart is getting candid about the Oscar buzz she generated with her portrayal of the late Princess Diana in "Spencer."

During an interview on "Variety’s Award Circuit" podcast Friday, the "Twilight" star said she doesn't care if her performance in "Spencer" does or doesn't earn an Academy Award nomination or victory.

"I don’t give a s—t," she said, as quoted by Us Weekly. "The Oscars are such a funny thing. There are so many incredible movies and performances that barely get seen. It definitely says something about where we’re at as a cumulative presence, like, what we’re looking at [and] what we care about."

She added, "I really appreciate that something that I was involved in, has ignited such a large conversation. We don’t make movies to not connect with each other. It absolutely speaks to her resonance. It just won’t stop reverberating. … It’s nice that people are talking about it to the extent that they are."

Stewart is the latest actress to portray the late Princess of Wales — who died in a fatal car crash in 1997 — on film. Director Pablo Larraín's "Spencer" details Princess Diana's decision to divorce Prince Charles in December 1991.

Stewart made extensive preparations for the role, previously telling the BBC that she read all the material and watched all the interviews that she could get her hands on. The actress also said that she watched Netflix's "The Crown" and "every iteration of interpretation."

Despite this, Stewart said she suffered temporomandibular joint disorder and couldn't open her mouth for two weeks before production began because she was so nervous about portraying the late princess. She shared that Larrain helped calm her nerves by advising her to "trust the process" and rely on her preparations for the role.

But while many critics were impressed with the actress' performance, Princess Diana's former voice coach Stewart Pearce told Us Weekly that he found Stewart's frenetic energy very distracting when she portrayed the late royal, who was seen as quite graceful and elegant.

Overall, Pearce felt that "Spencer's" characterization and storyline and Stewart's performance had "nothing to do with Princess Diana."

On the other hand, the late princess' former bodyguard Ken Wharfe told People earlier this month that "out of all the people who have played Diana over the past 10 years," Stewart had "the closest" portrayal.

"She managed to perfect her mannerisms," he added, noting that Stewart's running "was very, very Diana" in one particular scene.

Kristen Stewart Kristen Stewart is reportedly dating a woman. Pictured: The actress poses poses before a Chanel fashion show in Paris on Jan. 27. Photo: Reuters