Kristen's greatest challenge

After learning to deal with vampires, packs of paparazzi and people convinced they belong with Robert Pattinson, you might think that nothing would faze Kristen Stewart.

But the actress said the scariest part of filming Snow White and the Huntsman involved acquiring a skill completely removed from her Twilight experiences: riding a horse.

‘The dynamic between horse and rider is so not for me,’ she told us. ‘Give me a carrot or an apple; don’t put a saddle on him. I want to watch him run around a pasture—I’ll run with him!’

Even so, it was challenges like leading a galloping army that attracted Stewart to the role.

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‘I’ve always wanted to find something where I could really challenge myself physically,’ she said. ‘What I really dug about this was that you’ve got someone who has the gusto, and you can totally sit as an audience member and take a lot of satisfaction in watching her kick a**, but she’s not a dude.

‘We [women] are not built to be physically strong.... You have to outsmart someone, you have to be quicker, you’ve got to have a strong heart.’

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This fearlessness made Stewart the perfect choice to play Snow White, director Rupert Sanders said.

‘When we met Kristen, we saw someone who had a very rebellious kind of spirit,’ he said. ‘She’s a bit like a wild horse—she’s hard to hold down. I liked that. I thought the Snow White character couldn’t be demure and quiet; she needed to be someone tough.... She’s got quite a craziness to her which I think is right for the character.’

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