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Jules Stewart, 58, hopes to overcome the explosive success of her 22-year-old daughter, Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, with her directorial debut in the gritty independent film K-11.
According to the L.A. Times, Stewart has worked in Hollywood for 30 years as a script supervisor. Her job is to keep track of which scenes have already been done. She also makes sure that scenes maintain visual and tonal continuity, even if they have been shot out of order.
But Stewart’s career was overshadowed in 2008 when Kristen rocketed into international fame as moody teen, Bella Swan, in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s supernatural young adult novel, Twilight.
“To the world, I have no name. I am 'Mama Stew' — that's what they call me, all of her zillions of fans. Or I'm Kristen's mom. I'm famous for being her mom,” Stewart told the L.A. Times.
Stewart hopes to break out of that pigeonhole with her directorial debut film K-11, which focuses on a wrongly accused record executive who is thrown into a jail wing full of belligerent transgendered and gay males – some of whom are played by female actresses.
Hollywood Life addressed the unfortunate impression that Stewart’s L.A. Times interview made on the public. She came off as incredibly bitter about her daughter’s success, but it turns out Stewart is struggling to further her own career without riding on her daughter's coattails.
A source told Hollywood Life, “She may be resentful that after all these years in the business she has to use her daughter’s name [to help promote the film].”
K-11 hit theaters Friday, March 15, and is also available OnDemand.