MTV Rough Cut: 'The Runaways'

A picture of Kristen Stewart a fan took as she left the Tonight Show Interview, on 10th March 2010.

"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."

Kristen Stewart On Set Interview The Runaways

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.
Joan Jett & Kristen Stewart in Sundance Film Festival 2010.

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.