Adventureland has no vampires or werewolves but it’s just as much drama for Kristen Stewart. She plays a girl working at a theme park having an affair with a married man, and romancing the new hire.
Kristen Stewart on Adventureland
“Any time you read something and it's whole, like I hate scripts that attempt something,” Stewart said. “Like I hate playing ‘the girl in the movie.’ It's like she's actually a real person and here's her whole backstory. Nobody was a caricature in the movie and it's also funny and just a good story.”
Her character’s self-destructive behavior reveals some dark backstory in her family life. “I think that was more about her dad getting to know that she was actually a real person and not just a little girl, but that your little girl is going to grow up into a woman that does things for her own good, makes her own personal choices that wouldn't necessarily coincide with his. She's a grownup now and that's hard for a dad to deal with. It seemed like that funeral thing was actually genuine. She wasn't just there to piss her dad off.”
It also comes up that her character is Jewish. Not a big deal is made of it, but it pays off an earlier scene where she defends her friend against anti-Semitic comments. “I'm kind of an idiot. The first time I read the script, I thought that she was defending her friend and just it was based on just being protective and that she would sort of, like when she goes up to Paige Howard's character and says, ‘So, what are you, anti-Semitic?’ I thought it was almost more effective if she wasn't even Jewish but then I rethought that.”
Fun stuff, right? Don’t worry, Adventureland is funny too. “It's not joke, joke, joke but all of the jokes are rooted in the characters and in the reality that they're living in so you believe it more. It's not like you're being manipulated. I hate manipulative movies that are just like, ‘This is a funny movie. Laugh at it.’"