There was a time in Kristen Stewart
’s career when she exuded an extreme discomfort with being famous. She appeared to dislike being a celebrity almost as much as Princess Diana seemed to dislike being a royal
. These are two women separated by generations, cultures, and expectations. What Stewart was confronted with as the star of the Twilight
franchise (her high-profile relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson and the media's general obsession with and objectification of young women actors) is not the same as what Diana faced as a prisoner in a loveless marriage, chained to a family who dismissed her as she suffocated under the weight of their scrutiny and the public’s. In Spencer
, which debuted this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, Stewart plays the late Diana, Princess of Wales, as she navigates an especially nightmarish three-day Christmas weekend in 1991 with the royal family at their famed Sandringham Estate. To compare the two prominent women’s real lives may be a stretch, but on-screen, there’s no separating KStew from Lady Di.