"I wasn't afraid of [the nude scenes]," she said at the Cannes Film Festival

May 17, 2016 12:30 PM

Kristen Stewart isn’t afraid to bare all on screen – in more ways than one.

Stewart, 26, revealed why she felt it was important to appear topless in her upcoming film Personal Shopper, explaining that it was a key part of her character.

“I wasn’t afraid of [the nude scenes],” she said at the Cannes Film Festival, according to Vanity Fair. “I will do anything, I really appreciate all of it. The only way to really show someone who really couldn’t connect the dots was to show extreme versions of a person that wouldn’t typically go together … the movie is really about finding herself … It’s an enormous identity crisis movie and I really leaned into that.

“I wanted to be the most naked person I could be,” she continued. “The only way to do that is to really get naked.”

In the film, Stewart plays Maureen, an American personal shopper living in Paris who is haunted by her own thoughts when she begins to believe she is in contact with her dead twin brother. (Watch the trailer below.)

“I am playing someone who is so stuck in this cerebral state and so disabled by over-analysis that the idea of being physical to another person is impossible,” she explained.

The filmed, which screened at the festival on Monday, received both applause and boos from the crowd.

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Director Olivier Assayas – with whom Stewart worked on Clouds of Sils Maria, which nabbed Stewart a Cesar Award in France – discussed the mixed reaction to the film, saying he doesn’t necessarily take offense to it.

“It happens to me once in a while where people just don’t get the ending,” said Assayas, according to THR. “For me, it’s the closest I can get to a happy ending. I’m sorry I can’t get much further.”

Personal Shopper hits theaters Oct. 19.

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