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March 18, 2013

Jules Stewart works way out of daughter's shadow with 'K-11'


The project, Stewart said, was financed by two French businessmen she met at a dinner party who were looking to get into show business; she declined to identify them by name.

With scenes of rape and drug-dealing, “K-11” doesn’t stray from dark subject matter — but Stewart has long had an interest in the macabre. Her production company, Libertine Films, is decorated with vintage weaponry, oversized crucifixes and images of wolves. Stewart has actually rescued wolves, and keeps four as pets. (And no, Twi-hards, her obsession has nothing to do with Jacob.)

“I was that weird little kid that sat in front of the TV set and watched ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘The Werewolf’ and ‘The Mummy,’” she recalled. “Those are like the ultimate stories. It’s sort of like bad news travels fast. No one cares that you’re rich and you’re happy and you’re beautiful — they want to know that you’re sick and there’s some crazy secret.”

It’s clear that Stewart understands the public’s fascination with her daughter — though it often enrages her. Last summer, after Kristen Stewart was caught cheating on her then-boyfriend and “Twilight” costar Robert Pattinson with her married “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders, tabloid reporters walked into Libertine seeking details.

“My daughter is an adult, and she’s perfectly capable of running her own life. Not only did I not want to comment on it, but it’s not my relationship,” Stewart said. “She really is not very interesting in terms of conflict. She’s a homebody. ... She doesn’t go anywhere because she gets hounded.”

To protect her daughter, Stewart designed a garage-door entrance at Libertine so that Kristen can drive her car directly inside the complex without being photographed. At the same time, she’s amassing an archive of her daughter’s career, collecting press clips, props and wardrobe memorabilia in file cabinets in the office.

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