Kristen Stewart has claimed she was not asked back for the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman because of the “slut-shaming” she was subjected to after her affair with the film's director Rupert Sanders.
Photographs of Stewart and Sanders kissing while she was in a relationship with her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson emerged in 2012, with Stewart issuing a public apology shortly afterwards.
Sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War featured original star Charlize Theron alongside Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, but Stewart was not brought back to reprise her role as the Disney princess.
Addressing the backlash to the affair in an interview with SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern, Stewart said: “We lived in a different time then, you know what I mean? I feel like the slut-shaming that went down was so absurd.
“And they should’ve put me in that movie! It would’ve been better. Not to be a d***, but…
“They didn’t put me in that movie because I went through such a highly publicised scandal, and so they were like scared of touching that.”
She added: “That was a really hard period of my life, I was really young, I didn’t really know how to deal with that. I made some mistakes. And honestly, it’s no one’s business.
“Basically, what I’m saying is, the work to me genuinely was ignored in a really sort of frivolous, silly, petty way. For a group of adult people who were supposed to be running studios and making films? Honestly, the film industry in Hollywood is so fear-based.
“I think they’re idiots, because if you take a little risk and make something good, people will watch it and like it and pay you.”
Stewart can next be seen alongside Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in the Charlie’s Angels reboot, which will be released in UK cinemas on 29 November 2019.