Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund (far right) in On the Road
12/10/2012 AT 02:25 PM EST
doesn't want kudos for getting naked on screen.
The 22-year-old opened up to the Huffington Post
about her role as teenage bride Marylou in the movie adaptation of Jack Kerouac's Beat classic On the Road
. The role required some nudity, but that's not what Stewart hopes viewers will ultimately take away from the film.
"I do hate also when people go, 'Oh, wow, great performance. So brave,' " Stewart said. "Oh, because I'm naked? That's very annoying. But at the same time, if that's what they're focusing on, then On the Road
probably isn't for them anyway."
Stewart, having read the 1957 novel, connected with the characters and wanted to do the role justice
"This book celebrates being alive and it celebrates being human, and if you want to cover up and deny any aspect of that, you are denying the spirit of the book," she said.
And going topless is nothing compared to the reward of a successful project for Stewart
"I need to be so rocked by something, so moved by something that the idea of letting it down or ruining it is painful, and that's what gets you through the shoot," she said. "If you start also considering what people are going to think, you'll never make a movie."