Cinematical interviewed Kristen and Dakota during a recent press day for The Runaways where they chatted about the film and the band that inspired it.
Cinematical: Cherie is trying to find herself throughout the film. I don’t know how much of the film was shot in sequence, but how much of the character did you have defined when you started shooting and how much did your development of the character take place throughout filming?
Dakota Fanning: I think I was pretty prepared before the movie started. Like I spent a lot of time with Cherie and I kind of knew where she was going to end up before I started. I kind of think that’s how movies are for me – I know beforehand what it’s going to be like, and it’s like reliving it again when you’re actually filming it. [But] the only thing that was shot in sequence I think was on my first day of shooting, the first scene of the movie. That was cool, to start out fresh.
Cinematical: Joan seems to just want to make music. Did that single-mindedness make it easy to know how to drive each scene forward?
Kristen Stewart: Well, I mean, yeah, at her core essentially that’s one thing that you notice about Joan, that she’s on a road and she’s got a goal – she’s on a mission. She never forgets that, but it doesn’t consume her; there’s so much more – I mean, the fact that she has that goal is who she is. It’s not just obtaining, you know what I mean? It comes from somewhere, and that’s more rich than just somebody who’s determined.
Read the full Q&A here.