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Twilight star Kristen Stewart made time for media and fans on the red carpet for her new movie, On the Road, before slipping into the darkness of Ryerson Theatre Thursday night.
This is the first appearance by the 22-year-old actor since news of her cheating scandal with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders came out over the summer, sparking her public apology to her scorned ex, Robert Pattinson.
"I'm really happy (my fans) are here," she said when asked what she thought of her devoted fans.
"I think most of them were fans before I had anything to do with (On the Road). It's awesome."
Despite wearing a colourful sequenced floral gown and being worshipped by adoring fans, Stewart appeared glum, continuously looking down during interviews. For the roughly 1.5 hours Stewart was on the red carpet, she occasionally crossed over to her fans behind the barrier, signing autographs and posing for photos with them.
"I love Toronto," she told the screaming crowd.
Stewart was escorted by other cast members of the movie on the red carpet, including director Walter Salles, Garrett Hedlund and Kirsten Dunst. Fans had been waiting for over eight hours at the theatre in order to see the starlet in the flesh.
"I got her to sign a picture of her," said Laura Cordero, 23, from Vaughan.
"She was really nice. It was amazing."
Amanda Gilmore, 18, said she was at the theatre strictly to support Stewart.
"I hope, just for all the slack she's been given lately, she's actually holding it together," she said. "She's only 22 and she made a mistake. What's the big deal?"
Gilmore said most of Stewart's fans are forgiving, but the ones who side with the handsome Pattinson might not be so quick to take the alleged cheater's side.
"I think for looks, they're probably siding with him," she said. "I think a lot of girls have been cheated on themselves, so they'll probably side with the person that's been cheated on."
Stewart arrived at Toronto Pearson Wednesday night, reportedly stone-faced and with what appeared to be a finger splint for her middle digit.
Melissa, a 28-year-old fan who flew from New York to see Stewart at TIFF, met the star at the airport.
"I met her at 11 p.m. last night," she said. "It was amazing. I just wanted to thank her for being her. It takes a lot of energy, time and money to come here and you'd think people wouldn't use all that just to come and heckle her."
TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey said Toronto organizers want the story to be Stewart's performance in On the Road -- and not her personal life.
"I think she does great work, and it's really a break-out role for her, so we hope whoever's in the theatre that night recognizes that," he told a news outlet.
And while fans online were speculating whether Pattinson would make an appearance at the film festival, it didn't seem likely. The actor is scheduled to appear on the MTV Video Music Awards Thursday night, where he'll debut a 90-second preview of Breaking Dawn: Part 2.
Meanwhile, Stewart will appear on the cover of British Vogue's October issue, where she reportedly speaks of the difficulty of fame in the magazine.