Kristen Stewart is ready to embrace fame after feeling "frightened" by it early in her career.
The 29-year-old, who worked as a child actress before shooting to fame following her role as Bella Swan in 2008's Twilight and her much-publicised relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson, confessed she initially felt uncomfortable with press attention, but has accepted living her life in the public eye.
"(Fame) kind of frightened me a lot, when I was younger, and a little more unsure," she told Variety at a press conference promoting her latest movie Seberg at the Venice International Film Festival on Friday. "It's great that I have this position where I can be totally open about communicating with people.
"It's a beautiful feeling, in stark contrast with how I felt (then), when you are initially exposed to something. The onslaught of that type of attention can really put you in a hole."
Kristen added she would continue to "protect" herself, as she feels she can be too "unguarded", but is now happy to let her work and activism speak for her.
"It's not like I'm going to start a public Instagram and start yelling at people about what I think," she continued. "But I feel like I kind of do that anyway, in a different way. I'm ready for all of it! Yeah! I'm so proud of the people that I've worked with recently, and I really want other people to see that in an expansive sense. I'm not intimidated by it at all."
Kristen is also set to star in a new Charlie's Angels reboot, due out later this year.
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