At the height of the Twilight hysteria, I remember hearing from Twi-Hards who desperately wanted to see either Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson host Saturday Night Live. Taylor Lautner did it. But, until now, neither one of the two leads were given the opportunity or accepted the opportunity, although they – and their relationship – have been mocked on SNL a few times. It was announced on Saturday that Kristen will finally be at Studio 8H on February 4th, the pre-Super Bowl show. I’m excited. I’m excited because, well, obviously, Lorne Michael thinks she’s ready but what’s most important is that she must think she’s ready.
This is not the Kristen Stewart who was previously spoofed on the show. She was at Sundance this weekend, promoting her short film, Come Swim, and representing at the satellite Women’s March, one of a reported 8,000 strong, advocating for Planned Parenthood, for women’s reproductive health and reproductive choice. As we’ve seen, over the last couple of years, Kristen has also, subtly and not-so-subtly, become a visible supporter of LGBTQ rights, speaking openly about her new approach to her celebrity since coming out, telling ELLE UK last year that:
"When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialized, so I didn't like it. We were turned into these characters and placed into this ridiculous comic book, and I was like, 'That's mine. You're making my relationship something that it's not.' I didn't like that. But then it changed when I started dating a girl. I was like, 'Actually, to hide this provides the implication that I'm not down with it or I'm ashamed of it, so I had to alter how I approached being in public. It opened my life up and I'm so much happier."
It’s been obvious that she’s so much happier. And I think it will be obvious on February 4th when she hosts SNL. It’s her opportunity to embrace her public persona over the last decade through comedy, perhaps to take back the lip-biting, the awkwardness, the controversy, and then swing the conversation in a new direction. I want her to make me laugh. I can’t wait for her to make me laugh.