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10/18/2012 at 06:45 PM ET

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Kristen Stewart is no stranger to the camera, but she’s still finding her footing as a spokeswoman.

As the face of Balenciaga fragrance Florabotanica, Stewart sat down with French fashion editor Virginie Mouzat in Los Angeles Thursday to answer fan-submitted questions for a live promotional interview. The inquiries ranged from the straightforward to the strange, and the visibly shy actress tried her best to talk about some rather abstract ideas surrounding the scent.

She explained Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s vision of the perfume, which she described as “Alice in Wonderland-y.”

“He imagines a girl sifting through a garden that is really gorgeous and intoxicating, but dangerous,” she said. “She’s picking flowers that could possibly kill her, and taking the beauty out of them.”

When the interview came to a standstill after less than half of the promised 30 minutes, Stewart tried to salvage the session by bringing the discussion back to Ghesquière, whom she praised highly for his artistic vision.

“He’s very conceptual in the way that he makes his stuff, and not to say that he’s the only one, but it’s really rare and it’s really special,” she said.

She signed off soon after, apologizing for not being able to fill the full half-hour.

Considering this was her first major press event since news of her scandal surfaced, it’s hardly a surprise that her interview wasn’t perfectly smooth. When asked if she could say something French, Stewart said no, but that she wanted to learn. She admitted, “I’ve been a little preoccupied.”

 –Julia Haskins

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