Iconic Interview: Kristen Stewart on Still Alice

January 13, 2015 9:28 PM

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It's a figure of speech to talk about losing one's mind, but the idea takes on new and awful meaning when it actually happens -- when language and concepts and sense of where and who you are begin to deteriorate and you slowly lose the faculties you've always taken for granted. I have a terrible fear of this happening to me, and as I settled into a screening of Still Alice, my anxiety level rose. Why do I keep getting stuck with a word on the tip of my tongue? Why have I always walked into rooms and forgotten what I've come there to do? Yet as the film progressed, the realism it brought to bear far overshadowed my panic. My pounding chest calmed, then turned to heartbreak with the unfolding of the story of a family whose bonds are tested by the ravages of a neurodegenerative disease.

Still Alice offers an intimate narrative of a 50-year-old woman still in her prime who's diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Her story is told from a deeply personal perspective, getting the audience about as close to a first-person experience as possible. Julianne Moore plays Dr. Alice ...

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