is the role that catapulted her to stardom, and Kristen Stewart is
about to reprise her part as Bella in the hotly anticipated sequel to
Twilight — New Moon
What is it like to be back on set doing another Twilight film?
a little bit surreal to be back doing a second one, just because it’s
something that I thought about for an entire year and now it’s
happening. But it’s sort of like I couldn’t wait any longer.
It’s hard. Usually you finish a movie and there’s a very long grieving process.
You have to lose the character. You have to drop it from your mind or
else it just continues to bug you. In this case, I couldn’t drop her
completely and I worked in between, which is a strange sensation. It’s
weird how easy it was to slip right back into it. I don’t know if it’s
because I have such a reference, like the book, or because I knew that
I just had to do it. I don’t know, but it feels good. It feels like I
can finally release the pressure.
Isn’t that pressure kind of self-inflicted?
I have that feeling on every movie that I do. It’s just that this one,
I had to wait a year. Unless there’s something about the story or that
character I’m playing that literally needs to be fulfilled — like,
consummated — unless it’s actually lived through and physically
manifested, it’s just a story and it’s not done. So until you actually
bring it to life, you basically have the capability of murdering the
character on the page. If you don’t do it justice, then nobody else is
ever going to see those things and you’re never going to learn from
those experiences because you didn’t do it right.
yeah, the thought of having to live through something that I find so
worthwhile, and then subsequently have people learn from that through
your own experience, I would do anything. I would jump off a cliff for
it. Oh! There’s cliff-jumping in our movie. Perfect! (Laughs)
What are the changes in this second installment? Your character Bella takes risks again…
she loses what basically gives her the drive to do anything in her
whole life. She loses the man she’s in love with, but she also loses
her entire life plan, and she’s so young to have to be forced into a
decision like that. It’s just a glorified, elaborate version of the
worst breakup you’ve ever been through. All of a sudden you question
everything. All of a sudden you know nothing and you’re dropped in the
middle of a freezing cold ocean.
we have a character that’s warm enough and bright enough to bring her
out of that, and it’s truly gut-ripping. Because as perfect as Jacob is
for her, she holds on to an ideal, the ultimate fiery love that she has
for Edward even though it’s not comfortable, it’s not practical and
it’s not a good idea. So it’s really a very strong thing to do. It
takes someone who really trusts themselves.
basically the movie starts out and everything’s great, and then it gets
absolutely terrible, and then it gets maybe OK again, and then it’s” no,
no, no, no – life is hard.” It’s going to get hard again because he
comes back again.
Is she introverted or just seeking an ideal?
not that she’s incredibly introverted. She’s just yet to have found a
connection that is truthful. She’s a seeker of the truth. She’s not one
to get wrapped up in something that is a fantasy. She doesn’t set
herself up for disappointment. So that’s what makes the story with her
and Edward so compelling, in that this is a girl that normally wouldn’t
do something this crazy.
So what does Kristen prefer, the werewolf or the vampire?
Kristen shouldn’t open her mouth (Laughs). Kristen is entirely torn. Kristen should stop using her name in the third person.
You were virtually unknown when you shot Twilight. How has your life changed since its phenomenal success?
life hasn’t changed. Most circumstances I find myself in are different
than they were a year ago, but I myself haven’t changed…however a
normal 18-year-old girl would change in a year. But it makes things so
much easier. I would do it for free every day [even] if nobody saw it.
I cannot describe how good it feels to actually have something that is
truly into your heart and soul actually affecting people. And that’s
amazing. So that’s the biggest change.
Has success changed you?
didn’t change me, it changed things around me a little bit…I’m so used
to doing movies that nobody wants to see. To put your heart and soul
into something for years of your life and have it actually affect
people is probably the most satisfying, and that is a completely
ineffective word to describe how satisfying it is.
Do you feel a responsibility towards the author’s fans and the movie fans?
absolutely. It’s a strange thing. You start something and you know that
it’s going to take on a life of its own, but its already something so
whole — there are so many people that you’re going to inevitably
either make happy or not. Everyone’s understanding of the story and
love for it is going to show, even though there are little issues that
everyone’s going to have because everybody reads the book differently.
So of course we have a massive responsibility. Because of them, we’re
able to do what we like to do.
What was it like coming back to a different director?
an actor, you don’t work with the same director on every film. And
this, it’s a continuation. It’s the same story but it is a different
movie. I love Catherine (Hardwicke). She’s a dear friend of mine, but
Chris (Weitz) – it just works out.
all the technical, logistical reasons, Chris is so devoted and because
he’s a man, there’s a common question. How is it having a man director?
Is it a huge difference? You can’t make generalizations about people
like that. He’s one of the most compassionate human beings I’ve ever
met. Unfalteringly compassionate. He cares way too much for the story,
and you need that. So he’s perfect.
How would you describe it to someone who hasn’t read the books or seen Twilight?
who’s ever been broken up with will probably watch this movie, and
their temperature will probably go up.
How do I describe this? It’s a
movie about ultimate devotion being ripped from you and thinking that
your entire world that you’ve established is wrong. And then trying to
get it back and realizing that it’s all OK. (Laughs) And vampires,
werewolves, too, so that makes it even more exciting. Robert Pattinson
is just so cute. So is Taylor Lautner. That’s what I would tell someone
who doesn’t know about the movie yet.
You’re still quite young. Do you want to continue making movies or perhaps go to college?
absolutely have no foresight. I used to think I had a lot when I was
younger. I worked really hard in school to give myself options, and
I’ve literally taken those options and thrown them down the toilet.
Purposely – not to make that sound totally negative. It’s what I want.
I want to keep doing what I’m doing.
It’s funny, people ask me all the
time: “What do you do for fun? What do you do when you’re not acting?”
It’s a strange thing, acting. It’s a business, it’s a job, everything
like that. All it is, is self-reflection. You just never stop caring
about people and I’ve never stopped doing that, so I’m sure it’ll seep
into other areas of my life. I want to write. I’m not going to school
because I can’t take the structure of it, but I’m not going to stop
More New Moon
• Pick up tomorrow’s issue of Metro or check this website again tomorrow
(Friday) for an interview with Robert Pattinson.