The new film The Runaways really is all about "sex, drugs, and rock and roll," as Joan Jett told us today at The Luxe Hotel for the film's junket. (Also, it's a must-see, totally cool.)
Let's hit sex first: We all know by now that stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning share a big wet kiss onscreen but that isn't the only racy thing this film has to offer. As little Dakota snorts drugs off the floor and spews some foul language, it's clear this film is a huge departure from the squeaky-clean New Moon, where everyone's celibate and mopey.
Not exactly family fare here, folks.
So what do Stewart and Fanning's own parents think about their babies going at it on screen? We asked:
How do your parents feel about watching you act out some of these sexual and drug infested situations? Is it hard for them?
Dakota: "One of the first movies I ever did was a pretty intense subject matter, so my parents have kind of gotten used to it by now. I mean, they know it's just acting. They know it doesn't come home with me."
Kristen: [turning to Dakota]: "Do you find that it's gotten easier [for our parents]? Because I find that it has."
Kristen: "Like, I was more nervous about it when I was younger and it was a slow wearing down of like, 'OK, Kristen's going to do what she's going to do. She's just going to do these movies.' Not that they were against it, I just sort of took away that projection. I sort of didn't care anymore, you know, 'Are you guys cool with this?'"
Kristen and Dakota really grew up in the limelight, so we're sure their parental units have to be OK with some of the raunchy stuff. If not, let's hold hands and pray they get there, 'cause The Runaways is gonna be a tough one to swallow.
But let's not overshadow the fact that these two gals give amazing performances as Joan and Cherie Currie—and after you get past the shock factor that you're watching Kristen and Dakota, you find yourself totally enthralled in the flick. Great stuff.
Still, as much as best buddies K and D loved portraying these rock stars, they aren't quite ready to give up their day jobs.
Both women gave an emphatic "no" when we asked if they would like to sing on future projects.
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning share a smooch in their new rock ‘n’ roll movie, “The Runaways,” but Kristen said one thing got in the way – the law.
“She was 15, and I wasn’t allowed to grope her,” Kristen, 19, told Access Hollywood on Wednesday at the press junket for her new rocker film. “I’m actually not kidding, there are major restrictions that I don’t remember [from] when I was younger.
“I don’t want to give anything way. It’s a really passionate, hardcore scene,” she continued. “No, it’s just a kiss. It’s not really a big deal.”
“It’s just something that happened in their lives,” Dakota told Access of the kissing scene. “In the script, it’s not like a big build up or something that they talk about afterwards.”
The two play teenage members of ‘70s all-girl rock act The Runaways, starring as the iconic Joan Jett (Kristen) and Cherie Currie (Dakota).
“It looks great in the movie, but we are not close to the musicians that they are,” Kristen said.
But the two loved looking like rock stars – and plan to share their outfits with the women who inspired the film.
“I loved the outfits, I kept most all of them,” Dakota said. “Cherie gave her corsets away and we had them remade for the movie, [so] I’m going to give her one and I think that will be really cool.”
“I gave Joan a leather jacket,” Kristen said. “I wrote all over the back of it.”
“The Runaways” is due April 9.
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The Runaways sees actresses Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning take on the roles of Joan Jett and Cherie Currie for the music-fueled, coming-of-age story of the groundbreaking, all-girl 1970's rock band.
The drama tells the story of two teenage Valley girls who become the heart and soul of the seminal all-girl band whose success impacted rock music history and paved the way for future generations of girl musicians. Instrumental to the young actresses' ability to portray these women authentically was the fact that both Jett and Currie were on set and available to talk to.
At the film's press day, co-stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, who also appear in the Twilight Saga films together, talked about tackling these roles, their own experiences with stardom and fans, and how much they loved their wardrobe.
Q: What was it like for you guys to get into playing Joan Jett and Cherie Currie? Kristen, you and Joan seem to have a similar energy, but Dakota, you seem so different from Cherie Currie. How was it to portray these women?
Dakota: I think it's a huge departure from other roles that I've played, and me, in real life. It's obviously very different from things that I've done before, and it will be different for people to see, but I like that. I like surprising people with different things that I can do. That's what I love to do. And, I hope to do more roles like this, in the future.
Kristen: Me and Joan really do understand each other, and that's a rare thing. Connection is not something that's common, or easy to describe. But, I really actually think that we both have a lot of idiosyncracies and ticks that are really different. I don't have her little things that she does. And, I also think that, especially based on when I did this movie and how much time I had to think about doing the movie before I went to go make it, I've done a lot of press within that time and I was sort of wearing her. People projected that onto me, a little bit. I really do feel like it was an easy thing to step into, and it wasn't a huge departure, but I do feel a little bit like I was just in that head space and projected that a little bit.
Q: What was your working relationship with Joan and Cherie like?
Kristen: For me, I'm so thankful to both of them. We're just lucky that this movie happens to involve them. You can make movies about public figures, but the fact that Joan wanted to be a producer and wanted to be on set every day and was so open about a time that was so important to her, it definitely says something about the people that they hired to play the parts. She easily could have just said, "Get someone else. I can't tell this girl what I need to tell her."
There were things that we needed to know that aren't necessarily in the movie. Not details, but just personal reflections, like the way they feel about things. So, it was nice having them there. Also, it helped with the details ‘cause we can't know how everything really happened and it would be really awful to try to make it up and fill in the blanks, when it can just be real. It was cool to be able to make it real.
Q: What specific details did they give you, that struck home and really helped you with your performances?
Dakota: The thing that always sticks out for me is the scene where Cherie first meets Joan and Kim in Rodney's English Disco. The way it was written, it could have been that Cherie was acting a little too cool and trying to put on this heir of being better than them. And, Cherie was there that day and told me, "Yeah, I was actually really starstruck, when they came over to talk to me. I was a really big fan of Joan and couldn't believe that they were actually coming over to talk to me." So, that saved that whole scene. Otherwise, it would have been completely not authentic to what it was. Just having her there was great. That's something that I always think could have been since a false moment in the movie, and thank goodness that she was there to tell me.
Kristen: The way the script was written, and just because of the dialogue, the way Kim deals with the girls is really aggressive and overbearing, and almost like he's leading them down a path that they wouldn't have otherwise gone down, and that he's trying to make them into something they're not. Every time, I thought, "Wow, I would have punched him in the face," Joan would be like, "No, you'd laugh at him. You love the guy. He's hilarious. You aspire to be as crazy and freaky as him." I read the script going, "God, what a jerk," but it was like, "No, you love Kim." There was no way of knowing that without Joan.
Q: How difficult was it to tackle the sexuality in this film? Was it challenging at all?
Dakota: Cherie deals with sexuality different than Joan does. For her, it was all about putting on lingerie and going out there and growling at these people that were telling her that she couldn't do that. For her, that was her way of being different, and she got that through channeling David Bowie, who was extremely sexual on stage. That's how she dealt with that. Personally, I was really excited to do those scenes because that is a big part of who Cherie is. "Cherry Bomb" really sticks out in my mind and I was really excited to do that because it's her defining moment in her life and career.
Kristen: It's what made them different. I'm actually a couple years older than how old Joan was, at that time, but at the same time, I don't feel that there's a whole lot of distance. I am that age. I am a youth. Joan really talks about it all the time, and it still really has affected her, that sexuality isn't respected if it's coming from young people. It can be a scary thing to consider because you're young and you don't know if you can handle it, but it's an undeniable thing that they're very sexual little beings, especially then. Personally, it was making a movie. But, just to think about it now, it is cool that the movie deals with that and says, "You know what? This is something to be seriously considered and not discredited." They're demanding freedom, which is just what the movie is about.
Q: Kristen, what did you think of the scene where Joan pisses on the guitar of the band that they're doing the gig with, after he's such a jerk to her?
Kristen: That's a cool little moment. She's got a very particular opinion about music and equipment. That guitar perfectly defined everything that she hated about what rock ‘n' roll was, at the time, and the guys who played it, so she wanted to piss all over it, and I liked that. That's the most rock ‘n' roll thing you could do. I really liked doing that.
Q: You both have visited Japan to promote your films there, especially for the Twilight Saga. What were your experiences in Japan like, in comparison to when you portrayed The Runaways in Japan for the film?
Dakota: When you go to Japan, it's my experience that Japan has really passionate fans, but who are so respectful. In the movie, I loved the scenes with the Japanese fans. I can relate because I've been in those situations, running into the hotel, but wanting to stay back because everyone seems so nice. They want to have a party, but you have to go in. That's how they were. It seems so fun, but crazy, at the same time.
Kristen: I feel the same way. It's a different culture. The welcome is always so warm, but at the same time, it has a structure. There's just a way of doing things, and it's nice to be welcomed into that. It's always fun. There was one part that got cut out, that I loved in the script, where these two girls come up and give us combs. We go, "Oh, thanks. Thanks a lot." And then, they tell us that they want us to comb our hair with the combs because they want our hair. That was cool. That's something I can really relate to. It's really cute.
Q: If you had had one piece of wardrobe from this film, what would it be?
Dakota: I kept everything. But, if I had to have picked one thing, it would have been the corset.
Kristen: I would have picked the leather jacket, but I kept all of it, too.
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Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning Leave 'Runaways' Rocking On The Screen
'That's as close as I'm ever going to get,' Fanning says of avoiding a rock-and-roll career path.
BRENTWOOD, California — It's been said that every movie star wants to be a rocker and that every rocker yearns to act. Over the years, everyone from David Bowie to Keanu Reeves to Tyson Ritter has proven that point, with varying results.
"The Runaways," opening April 9, tells the true story of teenage girls from the '70s growing up fast in the rock-and-roll lifestyle. In real life, actors Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning have been living as teenage girls in the '00s growing up fast with the lifestyle of movie superstars. But if there were any urge to someday go all Billy Bob Thornton, the two claim the biopic got it out of their systems.
"We couldn't be more [like rockers]," Stewart explained of the gig portraying Joan Jett during her early days in the hard-partying all-girl band. "This is the biggest opportunity to be a rock star."
"Yeah, the closest I'm ever going to get is when I was performing 'Cherry Bomb,' " Fanning said of the signature song for Cherie Currie, which she sings in the movie at several clubs and house parties while being pelted with trash and flipped off by the very punk-rock crowds the band attracted. "I guess that was the biggest moment of being an actor: pretending to be a rock star. That's as close as I'm ever going to get."
"You literally are suited up and put in the exact same position [where a rocker would stand]," Kristen explained of shooting the biopic for filmmaker Floria Sigismondi, who captures the '70s rock scene with amazing attention to detail. "You couldn't [be any more of one] unless you really were a rock star."
"Which," Stewart added, making sure to be clear, "we both are not planning on doing."
As Kristen's fans are well aware, the girl knows her music. Remember that Minor Threat T-shirt she wore to Comic-Con '09? Or when she was spotted with the rest of the "Twilight" cast at the Kings of Leon show? Keeping all that in mind, we had to ask the big question: If she could trade places with any rock star for a single day, who would it be?
"Joan!" Stewart shot back, without hesitation. "It depends on what period of life, I suppose. But on Joan and Cherie's best day? Oh my God, I would definitely go with that!"
Much like Cherie and Joan in real life, Fanning immediately agreed with her rock-and-roll/ Hollywood sister. "That would be insane!"