The Spencer star sits down for a conversation with EW's 'The Awardist' podcast.
SPENCER - Official Teaser Trailer - In Theaters November 5th

What did you do over the pandemic? Maybe you rewatched the complete Twilight saga. (No judgment.) But when we asked Kristen Stewart, Oscar-nominated for her deep dive into Princess Diana for Spencer, her answer was a lot more literary.

"Me and my girlfriend read East of Eden out loud, like cover to cover," Stewart says on EW's latest Awardist podcast, instantly upping the ante for your Zoom book club. "She had never read it before," the actor says in reference to screenwriter Dylan Meyer (to whom she is engaged), "and it's kind of like my Bible. It's like a sacred text for me. Reading is a personal experience. You do it alone typically, and I was like, 'Dude, we should do this together, like every single word out loud.'"

Sounds romantic, and Stewart concurs. "Honestly, we're going to do one book a year now," she adds, mentioning that the pair also shared a close read of Wuthering Heights. (Stewart insisted on doing all of Cathy's lines: "I'm a control freak.")

"You cry together," she explains. "That's the cool thing about sitting in a movie theater with everyone. You go, like, 'Look, I know I'm emotional right now, but I just feel way more emotional because we're all here crying.'"

Click through to hear more of Stewart's thoughts on how she immediately clicked with director Pablo Larraín, and the value of getting into Diana's taste in pop music. Spencer is now streaming on Hulu.

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Kristen Stewart transforms into Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín's chronicle of the end of the royal's marriage to Prince Charles.

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