She may be an A-list actress, but even Kristen Stewart can’t help but cringe when she thinks about her teenage years.
Stewart, 26, stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres show for the first time since 2011 when she appeared with the entire Twilight cast to promote one of the franchise’s final films. And when the host showed her a photo from that visit, Stewart said she could really tell just how long it had been.
“I feel like I’m looking at a college yearbook,” she said after commenting on her “really uncomfortable hair extensions.”
“I don’t jump right back into those memories but as soon as you see pictures, you’re like ‘Oh God, it’s like yesterday,’ “ she said.
Though the actress skyrocketed to fame after starring as Bella Swan in the series, Stewart still said it was an especially “awkward” time in her life.
“I was 17, 18, when it all went down and that was the most uncomfortable, terrible, weird thing — you’re, like, 17 years old, ‘Ahhh!’ ” she explained. “At the same time it’s good. It kind of forced me to stand to attention in this way, which, I didn’t have that.”
“When I do stuff that really scares me I feel like good stuff happens,” she added.
And while Stewart may have gotten her start in a big franchise, the actress says she’s been drawn to smaller, more independent films lately.
“I’ve been rarely let down by following my gut and being drawn to creative endeavors that feel right without any explanation,” she said.
Stewart stars in the upcoming film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which hit theaters Nov. 11.