Shia LaBeouf wrote and co-stars in “Honey Boy,” his memoir of growing up in Hollywood. His character, based on LaBeouf’s own father, is an alcoholic who steers his son’s acting career and cashes his paychecks. In “Seberg,” Kristen Stewart puts her own memories of movie sets to use, portraying Jean Seberg, the 1960s icon of French New Wave cinema.
Shia LaBeouf: Walking in to “Seberg,” you’re a fan of New Wave. I feel like you watch a lot of —
Kristen Stewart: No. I had seen “Breathless.” In no way is my cinematic knowledge steeped in New Wave cinema.
LaBeouf: What were you into?
Stewart: I watched her movies, and I couldn’t understand how we didn’t know more about her. I genuinely felt really protective of this chick that nobody knew, that everybody thought they knew. There was so much about her that was described in dishonest headlines. I wanted to help her out a little bit.
LaBeouf: Did you know she was haunted before you walked in?
Stewart: Honestly, she’s possessed. When you watch her in a movie, you never know what she’s going to do, and she’s scary.
LaBeouf: On set, you’re alone? You’re not leaning on nobody?
Stewart: No, I lean on people.
LaBeouf: What’s that look like? Do you f–k around in the middle of takes? Do you talk?
Stewart: I’m quieter than you.
LaBeouf: You’ve got to know the power of your quiet too.
Stewart: When I was a kid, I was extremely shy, and not somebody who you would think would want to be an actor. I don’t know how you were as a little kid, because we both did that, and that’s a weird thing to have in common. I had to dig. I was a masochist. I think I’m really talkative now. I talk to f–king everyone now.
LaBeouf: I used to walk around with a pen and a pad, almost litigious, like: “Hey, what’s your name? Oh, cool.” Then I’d write it in a little notepad.
Stewart: Is it because you want people to like you?
LaBeouf: I wanted to seem studious, because I didn’t go to school and I didn’t learn how to do this acting thing.
Stewart: I have this chip right here too.
LaBeouf: What does it do to you?
Stewart: I read a lot. I’m always like, “I didn’t go to school, but …”
LaBeouf: If you get around a guy like [Anthony] Mackie [a co-star of “Seberg”] who’s gone to school, he’s got technique. Those people make me very scared.