updated 05/23/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/23/2012 AT 10:30 AM ET
Shy? Not Kristen Stewart who says she didn’t flinch when it came to filming the sex scenes in the long-awaited film version of Jack Kerouac’s 1957 classic, On the Road.
Asked Wednesday at a Cannes Film Festival press conference about a particularly raw scene in which she – playing a character based on the freewheeling, sexually adventurous first wife of Kerouac’s legendary friend, Neal Cassady – appears topless while sitting in a car seat between costars Sam Riley (in the Kerouac role) and Garrett Hedlund (in Cassady’s), Stewart said she “wanted to do it.”
“I love pushing. I love scaring myself,” said Stewart about her portrayal of Marylou, who is based on Luanne Henderson. (Henderson, along with Kerouac, Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and Cassady’s second wife, Carolyn, were among the most iconic members of the Beat Generation.) “I’ve always wanted to get as close to an experience as I could.”