Kristen Stewart Says She's "Protective" of Princess Diana

She's set to play Princess Diana in a new movie.

Kristen Stewart was only 7 years old when Princess Diana tragically passed away, but she's set to play her in Spencer, an upcoming film that chronicles a very specific weekend in the early '90s when Diana realized that her marriage to Prince Charles wasn't working. Some actors would feel the weight of playing such a beloved figure, but Stewart says that she doesn't see it that way. Instead, she says, the idea of playing Diana makes her "stand at attention in the best way."

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Stewart said that she loved Diana like the rest of the world.

"I feel sort of the same way about her, and it happened really quickly," she said. "I didn't grow up with her maybe in the same way. I was really young when she passed away."

Kristen Stewart

She went on to say that everything that came after Diana's death is cemented in her memory, from the flowers and cards that lined the streets of Paris and London to the emotion of feeling a world in mourning. Those emotions are what makes Stewart "protective" of Diana and why she was drawn to the role.

"I've never seen so many in one place," she said of seeing the flowers and tributes following Diana's death. "I was really young [and] didn't really know what was going on. But now, it's hard not to feel protective over her. I mean, she was, like, so young and obviously she comes out to here."

Stewart added that unlike The Crown, Spencer isn't focusing on hitting all the historic moments in Diana's life. Instead, it's more about emotions and experiences.

"I mean, everyone's perspective is different and there's no way to get anything right because what is fact in relation to personal experience," Stewart added. "My movie takes place over, like, three days, and it's this, like, really poetic internal imagining of what that might have felt like rather than, like, giving new information. We sort of don't have a mark to hit. We just also love her."

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