Stewart, so small she appears almost to be engulfed by the large sofa she's sitting on, seems to be your classic indie-girl. She's extremely pretty, but doesn't have on much, if any, make-up. She has a wry, self-deprecating sense of humour and talks of her guitar playing ("I'm not good"), her love of the Beatles and her fondness for classic literature rather than teen books like Twilight. "But this isn't really a teen novel. It appears to be but it's not," she makes sure to clarify.
Like Ellen Page, who was nominated for her performance in Juno last year, Stewart is part of a new brigade of young actresses who are seeking to be taken seriously for their acting rather than being some glitzed-up marketing package.
Jodie Foster is the actress she is often compared to, but after starring alongside her and studying her every move, Stewart then had to return to school, which she discovered had now become an uncompromising world.
"It was terrible. I hated going back to school. I did Panic Room when I was in the sixth grade. Even though it was just one movie and wasn't a big deal, people would come up and scream at me in the halls. People were actually mean. They weren't nice at all and I got all this attention and so I just changed schools. I thought it was people who I'd grown up with just being rude, but it still continued. Kids are mean. It was terrible."
"Recently, I had a meeting with Warren Beatty about a movie that he wants to do and he said a brilliant thing to me, which he said he had told Jodie. He said, 'Access. You have access to everything now. Use it. Do something. Don't just be an actor.'
"That word now is resonating. Access. I mean, it's true. Fucking actors, man. They can pick up the phone and talk to anybody. It's ridiculous. I don't want to sit on a big pile of fucking money and not do anything with it."