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Actress Kristen Stewart at the gala presentation for the film On the Road at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 6, 2012.MIKE CASSESE/Reuters

Kristen Stewart says she isn't sure how Twilight fans will respond to her moody new drama On The Road, but hopes some of them will pick up the iconic Jack Kerouac novel on which the film is based.

"One thing I do know about Twilight fans is they've got a lot of passion, a lot of heart," the actress said Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

"The idea that we could have anything to do with even one person reading On the Road that wouldn't have read it is mind-blowingly cool to us."

The Twilight movies are based on the bestselling books by Stephenie Meyer. Stewart says On the Road was her favourite read in high school.

Directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries), On the Road co-stars Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen and Garrett Hedlund.

Stewart's appearance in Toronto has made headlines for more than just her latest movie.

The fest has marked her first appearance since admitting to an affair with the married director of her last film, Snow White and the Huntsman.

The 22-year-old – who had been dating her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson – apologized publicly for the tryst.

At the On The Road red carpet Thursday night she was greeted by a swarm of photographers. Fans, meanwhile, held up signs expressing their support for her.