I love rock ‘n’ roll!
Twilight star Kristen Stewart has really embraced her character because she looks exactly like singer Joan Jett, who she portrays in the biopic “The Runaways.” To prepare for the film, the rocker and Stewart have been meeting frequently so Jett (real name Joan Larkin) can school the actress on rock ‘n’ roll.
Kristen, who has just finished filming Twilight sequel “New Moon,” has dyed her hair black and cut it into a mullet in preparation for her role. Despite recently turning 50, Joan looked years younger and in remarkably good shape. Already a guitar player, Kristen has been honing her singing skills for the movie. Kristen said: ‘I’m just listening to her music all the time. I’m trying to just make myself aware of the time period and what she was going through. It’s one of the most immense responsibilities to play a real person. Her story’s important. It’s an incredibly triumphant feminist story really. She’s the first woman to ever start her own record label. So many people know her as just being like one of the coolest people to ever live. That in itself is one of the most intimidating things that I’ve ever had to confront but she’s so cool too.’ Joan is equally enthusiastic about Kristen: ‘When her hair is cut and with the right make-up, Kristen should make a really good me. She sounded great and played well (on the guitar). She has the passion for it, which you can’t really be taught.’
The film also stars former actor Dakota Fanning, 15, as The Runways’s teenage front woman, Cherie Currie, who was the same age as the actress when the group formed. Adding a little spice to the action, an insider reveals of the movie, “In one scene, the girls share an intense lip-lock and their clothes end up scattered all over their hotel-room floor.”
Joan was just 17 when she formed rock group The Runways with Cherie, Sandy West, Micki Stelle and Lita Ford in 1975. The group went on to enjoy several hits during their five years together including Cherry Bomb and Queens of Noise. After the Runways split in 1979 in a fight over money and management, Joan formed her own band, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, the following year. Among her iconic hits: I Love Rock And Roll, Crimson and Clover, and I Hate Myself For Loving You.