Getting into Twilight
star Kristen Stewart’s head is a little trickier than sensing Bella Swan’s thoughts, whether you’re a vampire or not, but the actress opens up about the latest film entry Eclipse
and her own place in the pantheon of the fan-obsessed franchise. “If you took away all the mythical aspects of the story it would still stand as a really strong and interesting thing to be a part of,” Stewart says. “It's just about who the characters are and how easy it is to have faith in them and be sort of addicted to them. They let you down a lot and then pick themselves back up. I don't think it has anything to do with the vampire thing – that just makes it a little cooler.”
On hitting the midway point in her journey playing Bella Swan, and where she differs and converges with her iconic role: “This is a really unique situation. I get to play her for a really long time – a serious indulgence and something that's really lucky, because I feel really sad when I lose a character at the end of a short shoot – which is typically six weeks on a small movie. It's definitely – obviously – the one role that's put me in this sort of epic position. But it's just another movie, and I think it doesn't matter if you're doing a studio movie or you're doing an independent movie. When you get to set and you're doing a scene it's always going to be the same job.”
On Bella making choices herself, over what her man wants her to do: “She's pushed to the point where the decision needs to made in this one. What's cool is that as certain as she is sometimes and as absolutely gung-ho and young and courageous and brave as she is, she's also willing to take a step back and go, 'Okay, I'm going to reconsider my options and reconsider how I'm treating everybody.' As soon as you sort of screw someone over and go back and say, 'I admit that. Can we still be cool? I've been really selfish.' Everyone now in the family is looking at her differently, like, 'Oh, maybe she does know what she wants. Maybe she's not acting so immature and crazy.'
“She's definitely making decisions for herself and not just going along with what Edward is saying to do, which is something that people instantly latch onto: that she's this weak and codependent girl that's just in need all the time with this guy. That's SO not the case. I think if it were to be told from his perspective that he would be just as vulnerable and as needy as her.
On that infamous sequence in the tent, literally and figuratively caught between Edward [Robert Pattinson] and Jacob [Taylor Lautner]: “To shoot the scene felt good because she's always wanted Jacob and Edward to level with each other, finally, and it's funny that it takes place while she's sleeping between them. I didn't have a lot to do but it was fun. But I wish it wasn't as hot! I was literally just sweating. I was playing halfway between being asleep and hearing bits…because she's really not supposed to.
“In terms of being between those two guys – I'm ALWAYS between those two guys. I think it's really funny that Taylor [Lautner] always has to take his shirt off. Me and Taylor have so much fun with this stuff, because our intimate moments are so few and far between – and weird, the way they happen in the book. Me and Rob are always so serious.”
On the trickiest Eclipse scent to pull off: “One of the most challenging scenes would probably be kissing Jacob for real – finally for the first time – and seeing that there was a different road to go down that was desirable as well. She's got such tunnel vision, that Edward is the only thing for her – that's a strange perspective. Then I have to go in and talk to Edward about it and it's such a different dynamic than we've ever had. It was a different Bella.”
On whether either Edward or Jacob, with their obsessive, protective attentions, actually represent good potential love matches for any girl – vampire and werewolf fantasies aside: “People always wonder if we should be giving little girls ideas of meeting the perfect man. If so many people have taken to it, it's not something that's been shoved into their heads. Our movie isn't perfect. On paper I'm sure that if you were a friend of Bella's you'd be telling her, 'Yo, you better check your boy because he ain't treating you well.’ Jacob, too, because he's a nutcase. I think if you're really in love with someone that's such an overpowering feeling you're willing to make sacrifices. And that's our whole story.”
Breaking Dawn Semi-Spoilers!
On her excitement to play Bella in the split-into-two film adaptations of the book, one pre-vampire and one post-change: “I can't wait to actually be it! It's going to be a trip, it's going to be weird and I think she does change a lot. I think she's going to be the coolest vampire out of all of them. She's got the greatest power. She's untouchable. She's a mother, too. I think it'll be awesome to see how much she's changed from Twilight, where she's this 17-year-old kid who really doesn't care about whole lot other than herself. To see her become this matriarch will be really cool.”
On her vision for Bella’s wedding dress in Breaking Dawn: “[Author] Stephenie [Meyer] is absolutely in charge of that. I'm sure she has really specific ideas. I feel like Bella would definitely want something like really classic and really simple, too, but beautiful. She doesn't want to get married but because it means so much to Edward, I think it's going to be like a really beautiful and monumental wedding because he wants that. Usually it's the opposite – usually the girl wants it. It's cute.”
Read on for our interview with Robert Pattinson