Guantanamo Bay may be a hot button topic in the political field, but new film CAMP X-RAY provides an intimate look at the lives of the military and the detainees, and actress Kristen Stewart explores an unconventional friendship in her latest role. She plays young military officer Amy Cole on the suicide watch team at Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The U.S. prison is located in Cuba and has been condemned internationally for holding enemy combatants for years without trial.
The role was a new direction for Stewart, 23, who is best known for being the lead in the teen vampire TWILIGHT film franchise, but has been taking riskier choices, such as 2012’s ON THE ROAD, to break out of the TWILIGHT spotlight. The actress said that while “people are a little bit afraid of doing movies about current issues,” writer-director Peter Sattler had created a character in Cole that reflected most young women today. “It’s a story about a girl who is really simple and really relatable, and just like probably most girls across the entire country. She’s a really normal, simple-minded girl from Florida who wants to do the right thing and ultimately doesn’t feel like she is,” said Stewart.
This article first appeared in February 2014 issue of Cine Blitz magazine