We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Kristen Stewart can act. The haters will tell you her Bella Swan was an exercise in mediocre drama-club-level performance but they are bad and wrong. She proved once again with her second hosting stint on SNL this weekend that she can do anything—whether it be hanging out with vampires, kicking butt with the Angels or teaching awkward adults how to talk to kids these days.
Is awkward her main go-to? Yes, but she makes it work. KStew truly demonstrated her awkwardness range (which, yes is totally a thing) from her monologue to her “Duolingo for Talking to Children” sketch—which we’re sure would be a mega success if it was actually a thing.
In the prerecorded sketch, our favourite former teen vampire really spoke to the crippling anxiety that comes when a tiny person under the age of 11 walks into the room and adults are forced to feign interest in their backpack or plate of chicken nuggets or whatever. Turns out we should all be following the KStew method–Duolingo for talking to children.
Duolingo is, in reality, a popular app for learning French or Portuguese, but what if it could decode and decipher the weird social language and mannerisms of rugrats? Please can someone invent this now?. Zuckerberg, you owe us one!
We see KStew fumble through an interaction with a child (“So do you wear your clothes to school?”) before a voiceover assured her that she could “become the brat-whisperer in no time.”
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 3, 2019
Realistically, the fact Kristen was there hosting at all is a testament to her talent. In her infamous first appearance, Stewart went out on a limb, dropping F-bombs and trash-talking Trump within the first few minutes of her opening monologue. You would think SNL’s Canadian overlord Lorne Michaels would have balked at having her back, but clearly all’s forgiven. She dialed back the sass and played up her awkward, fidgety mannerisms for an audience Q & A in the open monologue, which quickly turned into a therapy session.
“How are you?” she asked a random man in the audience. When he insisted he was good, she pressed him like a therapist about his true state of self, causing him to beg, “What do you want from me, Kristen Stewart?”
Clearly she just wants us all to have good communication with children and amongst ourselves.
Audiences can see her showcase even more range when she stars alongside Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels remake that hit theatres on November 15.