It takes one to know one— which may bode well for Kristen Stewart‘s career.
Interviewed on Mr. Media, Melissa Leo, who was up for an Oscar for her role in 2008’s Frozen River, talks in no uncertain terms about the Twilight lead’s potential.
“Kristen Stewart will grow as an actress as she works… She doesn’t think she ‘knows it all’ by any regard,” Melissa, who co-stars with Kristen and James Gandolfini in the upcoming indy flick Welcome to the Rileys, tells host Bob Andelman.
“She is not going to be caught in the persona she played in those Twilight films,” Melissa continues.
“She is going to make a choice to step out of those parameters. This is an actor, not a movie star.”
If you have any doubts about Melissa’s own acting chops, just listen to her desribe mustering the emotions necessary to play Ray Eddy in the heart-wrenching Frozen River, which tells the story of a working-class mom who smuggles illegal immigrants from Canada to the U.S. to make ends meet—and whose husband absconds with the family savings.
“I have always had a very vivid imagination. When a writer has given me a really clear idea in their script, to who and what the scene is about, I can simply believe those circumstances,” she says.
“So what am I thinking about [when I break down in Frozen River]? I’m thinking about that son of a – – – -, that muther – – – – – – who has not just screwed me for the first time.
“And I am thinking about my son inside trying to reach manhood—without his goddamned father now, who is not coming back in the house. And about my little baby son who I thought I’d protected from this god-awful reality.”
Up next for Melissa? A recurring role in the HBO drama Treme, which is set in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, and debuts April 11.
To hear Melissa’s full interview, click here.
To read more about Treme, click here.