11:27 25 May 2012
Kristen Stewart has opened up for the first time about her part in new film, On the Road.
The 22-year-old's role has been described as a bit risqu by critics, with the star appearing topless and smoking cannabis in some scenes - quite a departure from her appearance in the Twilight series.
Stewart, who has been promoting the movie at this year's Cannes Film Festival, said:
"Obviously everyone who does scenes like that the first thing you say is: 'Oh I felt so safe.'
"But I love pushing, I love scaring myself and I think to watch genuine experience on screen is so much more interesting. I wanted to do it.
"The reason I wanted to do the job was because you read something and you're provoked on some level, and then it's just taking that further and being able to live it; and I always want to get as close to the experience as I possibly can."
On the Road, an adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel, premiered at Cannes 2012 on 23 May.
It is set to be released in the UK on 21 September.
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