How do you feel now that the Twilight Saga has ended, sad or relieved?
Kristen: (Heaving a big sigh) Well, for five entire years I had the same moments tapping me on the shoulder and telling me that, you know, I was not free to think of anything else but Bella Swan. Usually, we did that over a five-month period and so at the end of five years I’m…hmmmm, I wouldn’t say “relieved” because it’s slightly misleading because I don’t want people to think that I want it to be over. But I do believe that five years is a long enough time to live in that fantasy world, so it’s nice to walk away at this point.
Robert: I’m not sure if I should feel sad about it but it definitely feels strange. Once you play the character a few times, it really does become like second skin to you and when it’s done, you do miss it. I mean, not yet but I know that one day, in a few years time, I will see one of these movies on TV and I guess I will feel strange.
LOS ANGELES—“I have been asked a lot about growing up lately,” Kristen Stewart said in a recent press conference, in reply to a question about what she had learned about herself, especially this year which saw her go through a turbulent few months.
“One solid thing I can say is that fear is not necessarily a bad thing,” declared Kristen, clad in a Stella McCartney dress and sporting Christian Louboutin shoes. “It’s something that, as you get older, you can get a bit more comfortable with. Fear is a very motivating thing in life. You should not be crippled by it—use it instead.”
Kristen said that with the release this week of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn–Part 2,” the media interviews were making her feel like she was “graduating from high school.” The actress remarked, “Everyone’s asking, ‘What have you learned at the end of this ‘Twilight’ experience? What did ‘Twilight’ do to you?’ You pick up, drop off so many different inhibitions and you’re never going to have none. Fear is a good thing.”
Is this really the end of the “Twilight” series? How about prequels and sequels? “We’ve spoken to Stephenie (Meyer) about it since the beginning,” came Kristen’s quick reply. “Are there going to be more books? I think Stephenie has decided that Edward and Bella are allowed to be happy forever now. We’ve gotten them to a really good place. I think we should leave them alone.”
Then Kristen offered a tantalizing prospect to “Twilight” fans: “There are so many back stories that haven’t been explored. There’s the wolf pack …”
On the final movie itself, which costars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, of course, she had this to say: “Bill (Condon, director) really does twist the knife at the end of this one for anybody who doesn’t really want to say goodbye yet. I still feel like I don’t have to say goodbye, though. That’s the beauty of making movies. They’re not going anywhere.”
At what moment did you realise the saga was bigger than you thought?
Rob: It started with the first movie. There's a convention in San Diego called Comic Con, I saw fans going nuts, thinking already of the next movies. People were screaming backstage, I told myself, 'what's happening here, what's gonna happen when we go out on the stage. We're gonna storm the stage or something.'
It's dubbed, but you can hear most of what he says. He talks in Polish, talks about working with kids, Edward - he couldn't see himself as "so beautiful and perfect"- filming love scenes and being famous
Translation of the quotes only and summary of the journalist's comments. The interview took place in a hotel in Beverly Hills at the end of July.
The journalist mention his 2011 Vanity Fair interview were he talked about not being able to write anywhere or to go out of his trailer. They say he refused the roles that were offereed to hom. "It was hard, he tells us smking his electronic cigarette. I was watching all the Twilight actors getting big while I was doing nothing. Sometimes I would tell myself: come on Rob, do a blockbuster, a stupid comedy..." He didn't cave and he was right.
The journalist mentions that he reads a lot, from Marton Amis to David Foster Wallace but also Houellebecq, that he idolizes: "The last time I went to France, he asked me out for coffee..." Robert blushes, rolls his eyes and continues while laughing. "But I didn't go! I was scared! I didn't read La Carte and le Territoire (The Map and the Territory) and told myself it wasn't right." Since forever Robert writes. He even developed an adaptation from one of Lilian Hellman's books, an american author victim of the McCarthyism in the 1950s. (Rob mentioned this in his Vanity Fair 2011 interview). This project never saw the light of the day, just like the dozen of scripts that sleep in his drawers. "I met producers here but nothing I ever write could ever be produced. For studios, if the concept isn't simple enough to be put on the market, it's dead. Thus, the movies the most distributed in theaters aren't the most demanding. And the funny thing is as an actor you have to try getting those roles in those kind of movies to gain popularity. In short, you have to be in stupid things, those are the rules in this industry."
The journalist says Rob is always preparing himself for the worst. "I'm waiting for people to tell me in a few years: 'yes i remember you but what have you done after Twilight?' It's kind of scary, isn't it? "Sometimes I feel like I'm in this huge black hole of douchebags... In those moments, I have to make the effort of reconnecting with reality or it can be unfathomed."
When asked what's the greatest thing Twilight brought him to this day, Robert gives a surprising answer: "On the set, I discovered the best shawarma of the world, in Vancouver." About celebrity, he would get rid of it if he could. Money? "Yes ... but I have a tormented relationship with money, I don't like spending too much. I thnk the most extravagant purchase I've made was a batch of 50 baseball caps on Ebay but in the whole lot I only like one."
Even after all this time, author Stephenie Meyer, the Mormon mother of three who became an overnight literary sensation with the 2005 publication of her young-adult novel "Twilight," can't explain the phenomenon that surrounds the grand romance between vampire Edward Cullen and human teenager Bella Swan, characters played on-screen by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
"I don't know what makes people love it, I don't know what makes people hate it," said Meyer, seated comfortably in a suite of a Beverly Hills hotel. "But I do know that the feeling of being in love is a good feeling. We want to feel that emotion."
"I've always said that," Stewart said to Meyer, sitting beside her. "It's so vicarious. It's not like you are watching two people or reading two people. You feel like you are doing it. It's rare."
There's no question that "Twilight" is that rare gem: a book and movie property that stokes a kind of unquenchable fire among its largely female fan base. That following has been so sizable and so fervent that the "Twi-hards," as they're called, have helped transform Meyer's supernatural tale into a $2.5-billion business, proving that girl-centric tales can be powerful forces at the box office.
With the fifth and presumably final big-screen entry, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2," due to arrive in theaters Friday, Meyer and Stewart seem to share a bond reminiscent of the connection between Meyer's two protagonists.
We’ve read the many, many headlines about Robert Pattinson. We’ve analyzed his work in the “Twilight” series as America’s Most Brooding and Swoon-Inducing Vampire. We’ve watched his frequent and occasionally awkward television interviews. And we’ve pondered the status of his relationship with co-star Kristen Stewart. A lot.
With the “Twilight” saga coming to an end next week following the release of “Breaking Dawn Part 2,” Pattinson, 26, can now fully focus on defining himself as an actor who appears in movies that don’t feature the Volturi. How does he feel as he makes that transition? What does he have to say about accusations that his relationship with Kristen Stewart has been a marketing tool used to sell a semi-steamy vampire romance? And is he really so up for a part in the “Star Wars” franchise that he would willingly play a live-action version of Jar Jar Binks?
During a recent phone interview, I did my best to get the answers to some of these questions. Here’s a transcript of our conversation.
I remember being at Comic-Con in 2008, prior to the release of the first movie, and thinking that you and Kristen Stewart seemed particularly shell shocked by the massive fan response. Do you remember what was going on in your mind then?
Pattinson: Yeah, I mean, it’s kind of exciting, but it just seems so separate. It’s always seemed so separate — that whole part of it — from doing the actual movies. That’s never changed for me. It’s a totally independent part of the job. You always get asked more about that aspect of it than anything else, you know, all the screaming and stuff. And I’ve never had a single lucid, analytical thought about it. It still just seems like screaming to me.
When Speakeasy was introduced to actress Kristen Stewart last night, because of all the tabloidy attention she sometimes draws, we were worried that she’d be colder than the nor’easter that just blew through New York City. Instead we found her to be quite chatty, and happy to discuss her new movie, an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” which was recently screened in Manhattan.
There were plenty of notable folks on hand for the showing, including “On the Road” director Walter Salles and co-star Garrett Hedlund, and after the movie, the stars moved over to Circo for dinner (while Hedlund lingered outside the restaurant for a smoke).
“On the Road” features some content that’s much more mature than anything you’ll find in Stewart’s supernatural “Twilight” movies. In the new film, there’s plenty of drug use, nudity, and three-way sex, and Stewart is right in the middle (literally and figuratively) of the action. There are also a few references to Nietzsche, which you don’t typically get in the “Twilight” films.
Stewart, who plays the free-spirited Marylou in “On the Road,” told Speakeasy that she read the classic book her freshman year in high school, “But I never thought I’d be in it.”
Although “On the Road” was first published in 1957, the 22-year-old Stewart says it has something to say to members of her generation. The book, an ode to youth, the open road and sexual freedom, is suffused with jazz, beat poetry and lust for life. “It still speaks to me,” she said. “It makes you want to put your sh– down and go.”
It looks like it's from the same round table interview as the Premiere one but with new quotes.
Finally, no more vampire.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 will premier this week and marks the end of an era for pale vampires, screaming fans and Robert Pattinson as Posterboy. The 26 year old Brit does not seem bothered.
His post-Twilight parts, like the 9/11 drama Remember me and David Cronenbergs Cosmopolis suggested it already, Robert Pattinsons taste is more serious than the romantic adventures of bloodsucker Edward Cullen and his lover Bella.
“If I have something in common with Kristen? Oh. Uhm. Pfff. (long silence) I think I’m having a black-out (nervous laughter) Uhm, well. Pretty much. I don’t know. In our work we have the same taste. What we think is important for instance, we always agree on. Also how we present ourselves in public”
“I’m not a fan of biting people, but I do see similarities with vampires. I don’t like daytime very much, I prefer the night. I don’t sleep much. I keep getting requests from 9-year olds if I want to bite them. But that’s where the similiarities end.”
Kristen Stewart gets all of this criticism, I wondered what --
She is in front of a camera all of her life. I can't even imagine living like that.
Me neither. I would just jump off a bridge or something. In the earlier films she was not extremely emotional. Some "Twilight" fans have said, 'We can't have her being overdramatic; we need to live through her as a surrogate and the way she sees Edward and Jacob.' How do you feel about that?
I can't say for sure what Kristen's process was. I do know that she takes the character and lives in it and creates who that character is and then goes for it. I mean, she doesn't compromise. This was her Bella. It's so consistent throughout the movies because she knows who she is. I do think a lot of people wanted to be in her position, and that's got to be a really hard place to be, acting a character that everyone's going to sit there and say, "Oh, but I would have said this!"
Kristen Stewart and her co-star Garrett Hedlund attend a screening of their film On the Road on Thursday (November 8) at the Dolby 88 Screening Room in New York City. The 22-year-old actress was also joined by the film’s director Walter Salles and IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring.