In another recent interview for The Yellow Handkerchief, Kristen Stewart was asked about Joan Jett and her work on The Runaways, and she had some pretty cool stuff to say about our Joanie:
“I don’t think that the Runaways are something that a whole lot of people know about, but I think that everybody knows who Joan Jett is,” Stewart reckons. “But it was really, really hard to become that icon. I don’t know, she’s like a pilgrim. She was the first woman to ever start a record label, but even before that, because it was the ’70s, nobody wanted to see a girl be that strong and play electric guitar and play it that loud.
“People should know where that came from. I’ve grown up feeling very entitled, like I can do whatever I want. But she didn’t have that.”
Jett was a producer of “The Runaways” film and was on set every day.
“It was initially intimidating, just meeting her,” Stewart admits.
“Then I subsequently realized that I would feel like such a fraud if she wasn’t there. How would I have known any details without her? I just would have felt like I was doing an impression with black hair.
“I didn’t want to just mimic her, I wanted to understand what she was going through.”
And that was quite a lot, according to the movie: sexual and pharmaceutical experimentation; fights within the band, with its handlers and rowdy audiences; finding, maintaining and making a going concern of her own artistic voice.
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I can no longer remember which Twitter friend clued me in to this, so thank you all!
The pic of Joan is mine, and the pilgrim hat came from Free Original Clipart at Designed to a T