Kristen Stewart 'couldn't open her mouth' due to Spencer tension
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Kristen Stewart "couldn't open [her] mouth for two weeks" before she started shooting 'Spencer'.

The 31-year-old actress portrays Princess Diana in the new biographical drama film, but she admits it was a nerve-wracking experience, and the anxiousness actually led Kristen to develop a pain in her jaw.

Kristen - who plays the late Princess as she spends three days with the Royal Family over Christmas in 1991 - told told BBC News: "I had TMJ [her jaw stayed shut] to the point where I was like, completely locked up.

"I was like, 'Huh, I guess I'm really nervous - I was really tripping out until we started."

The Hollywood star revealed she didn't actually know a huge amount about the Royal Family before she accepted the role.

She explained: "I didn't have the most developed or defined relationship with the Royal Family in generally. I didn't grow up following the sort of saga.

"Obviously I do live on planet earth, and her impact was so immense and emotional, even for somebody who was seven when she passed away."

However, Kristen did a lot of research before she started shooting the new movie.

The actress even took to watching 'The Crown' as part of her preparations for the role.

She said: "I read everything, I wanted every photo ... watched all the interviews that I could get my hands on.

"I watched 'The Crown', I watched every iteration of interpretation. I just tried to absorb her in an emotional and general way, and then trust the process, and expect her to show up."

Kristen also felt a need to "protect" the late Princess.

She added: "I had to just not focus on other people's idea of her, and really focus on my own. And that in itself was just so distinct and specific to me."

This article originally ran on celebretainment.com.

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