So, How Did Kristen Stewart's Balenciaga Live Chat Go?

10/18/2012 at 06:45 PM ET

Kristen Stewart Balenciaga Show
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Kristen Stewart is no stranger to the camera, but she’s still finding her footing as a spokeswoman.

As the face of Balenciaga fragrance Florabotanica, Stewart sat down with French fashion editor Virginie Mouzat in Los Angeles Thursday to answer fan-submitted questions for a live promotional interview. The inquiries ranged from the straightforward to the strange, and the visibly shy actress tried her best to talk about some rather abstract ideas surrounding the scent.

She explained Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s vision of the perfume, which she described as “Alice in Wonderland-y.”

“He imagines a girl sifting through a garden that is really gorgeous and intoxicating, but dangerous,” she said. “She’s picking flowers that could possibly kill her, and taking the beauty out of them.”

When the interview came to a standstill after less than half of the promised 30 minutes, Stewart tried to salvage the session by bringing the discussion back to Ghesquière, whom she praised highly for his artistic vision.

“He’s very conceptual in the way that he makes his stuff, and not to say that he’s the only one, but it’s really rare and it’s really special,” she said.

She signed off soon after, apologizing for not being able to fill the full half-hour.

Considering this was her first major press event since news of her scandal surfaced, it’s hardly a surprise that her interview wasn’t perfectly smooth. When asked if she could say something French, Stewart said no, but that she wanted to learn. She admitted, “I’ve been a little preoccupied.”

 –Julia Haskins

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Tali on

You should tell it how it is, dear Julia.
It wasn’t Kristens fault but Virginies for not choose the right questions but asked her one and the same question over and over to describe the fragrance.
Describe FB in 3 words, describe FB in your own words, what movie could FB be……*smh*

Tlinaboo on

The interviewer is responsible to ask the right amount of questions for the time specified, and to keep it flowing.

Megan on

I don’t particularly like Kristen Stewart, but it sounds like the interviewer was the one that was not on top of her game.

Samantha on

“Shy” interviewees are an interviewer’s worst nightmare. That said, it’s up to the interviewer to keep the conversation moving.

marie on

I think Kristen did great! I agree with it also being the interviewer’s responsibility to have a good amount of questions and to expand on those as well. She even said there was 5,000 questions. Then why did she ask the same one a hundred times?
But anyways, Kristen I think did great. She has gotten a lot better. Plus, that’s just how she is in interviews. People just say it didn’t go well because she doesn’t answer them the “right” way like many people celebrities are practiced to do. Plus this was a live interview, giver her some slack I bet almost any actress would be a little awkward as well.

Clara on

She is beautiful and sweet, I’m with her for whatever comes!!

Cat on

I didn’t watch the interview, however it sounds like the interviewer was unprepared. Kristen Stewart isn’t known for being the most talkative person, the interviewer should have known that and prepared with more questions, or thought of some on the spot. Not to mention, 30 minutes to talk about perfume? There’s no way that can be interesting for 30 minutes, with any interviewee.

Andrea on

She’s always really awkward in interviews and anywhere she’s speaking publicly. It actually makes me nervous for her. It’s super uncomfortable.

Sarah on

She did a good job based on what questions she was given. They were the most odd questions and were asked over and over and then when she would start to talk the lady would start another “list it” question. Poor Kristen wanted to laugh you could tell.

Ann on

Kristen was so unprepared for this interview. I felt so bad for her because she really tried but this interview was tough for her. Too much, too soon after her ordeal. Love her anyway.

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