Kristen Stewart can't relate to stripper role

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Jake Scott directs this powerful drama about finding hope in the most unusual of places. Once a happily married and loving couple, Doug and Lois Riley (James Gandolfini & Melissa Leo) have grown apart since losing their teenage daughter eight years prior. Leaving his agoraphobic wife behind to go on a business trip to New Orleans, Doug meets a 17-year-old runaway (Kristen Stewart) and the two form a platonic bond. For Lois and Doug, what initially appears to be the final straw that will derail their relationship, turns out to be the inspiration they need to renew their marriage.
October 21st, 2010

Kristen Stewart found it difficult to relate to her stripper character in 'Welcome to the Rileys'.

The 20-year-old actress plays a young dancer named Mallory who becomes caught up in the drama of a couple facing marriage difficulties, and she found the character difficult as she has no similar experience to base her performance on.

She said: "It was an incredibly impactful experience. But at the same time, it's not like I was incredibly altered by the end of it.

"It's hard to relate to this story, because I couldn't have had a more different upbringing. I can't relate to the kind of loss and weird incomplete feeling or whatever."

Despite the controversial nature of the picture, Kristen believes the film is enjoyable for those fans of hers who only know her for Bella in the 'Twilight' vampire movies, and can help them learn the importance of self respect.

She told "One thing that is generally relatable and I found is perfect for young girls - 'Twilight' fans, actually - is the whole idea that, unless you respect and like yourself, nobody else is going to. It's always been really easy for me to do that."

'Welcome to the Rileys' - which also stars James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo - goes on limited release in the US in November.