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By It's My Life on November 13, 2009 6:07 PM | No TrackBacks

bella_jacob_edward.jpgYou all know her: Kristen Stewart, the 19-year-old star of the phenomenally successful "Twilight" movie series. In the upcoming film "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," she plays a heartbroken Bella, torn between her love for vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob. For the last few weeks, Kristen's been simultaneously filming the third film of the series "Eclipse" and skipping around the world promoting "New Moon." She took time recently to talk to IML about her experiences as Bella and the other ups and downs of being a superstar.

IML: How have you changed in the last year since "Twilight" came out? It seems like it's a non-stop thing with something every week on "New Moon" and on you and Rob. What's it been like from your side?

Kristen: I think I've gotten a lot more comfortable with talking about myself and knowing that what you say, people are really going to take into consideration. And that always intimidated me so much that I couldn't finish a sentence because I was so concerned with how it would sound. I didn't want to come across as insincere about something I really loved to do. And so I realized instead of refraining from saying, 'I put my heart and soul into this thing and I love it.' That's what I should have said instead of the really logical, over-analytical reason why I love it. So I've gotten more comfortable with it.

And the whole rumor, tabloid stuff, it's so obviously false to me, even before I became a part of it. It's like a show. A ridiculous show. Like false realism. Like a soap opera that seems real but you're not quite sure? It doesn't bother me. I don't take it personally. Luckily, because I've had so much experience, it's gotten easier to talk about the work.

IML: So tell us about the work, on "New Moon."

Kristen: I had a really good time on this movie. It was really intense. Just because of the nature of the story. It goes in a completely different direction. We undermine the first. We establish a very ideological idea of love [in "Twilight"] and basically, [in "New Moon"] we tell our main protagonist she was wrong. And where is our story going to be left if Edward's not there? What I really love about the movie is you see this girl really build herself back up and by the time she makes this sort of rash decision to spend eternity with a vampire, she's in a position that you actually believe.

IML: How did you work with Chris Weitz, the movie's director?

Kristen: Chris has everything. I think to be the director you have to be a good person and you have to care about people. And I don't know a more compassionate human being. I couldn't have done this unless I had a believable environment and a comfortable safe environment to be so vulnerable in. And he provided that ten fold. He's one of the smartest, funniest guys I know. And he really loves the project as well. He only helped make everything better. He's incredible. I love him!

IML: We heard that he came in and gave the cast "guidebooks." What were they and how did that help you?

Kristen: Chris did a very different thing that I've never had a director do. He put together like a syllabus almost of what we were supposed to achieve and how he was going to make it easier for everyone. Sort of like an introduction of how he likes to work. It didn't only introduce the idea of collaboration. It was inviting everyone onto this project and saying "Please, everyone love it." And "Please everyone be invested. Work hard." It also had technical aspects of how he was so sorry that so much of the movie was going to be [computer generated] stuff that we have to react to. That he was always going to make us aware of what we were acting with and he was never going to leave us high and dry. A lot of effects movies are hard to do because you don't know what you're reacting to. So it was like a full run-down of how he planned on making the movie. 

IML: Can you talk about working with Taylor Lautner? There was some controversy going into the movie about who was going to play Jacob.

Thumbnail image for bella_jacob1.jpgKristen: I think that controversy has probably been made bigger than it was. We needed to be sure that whoever played Jacob was going to be Jacob in "New Moon." He's such a different person. He becomes a man. It's not just a physical transformation. He becomes an adult.  And I always knew that Taylor could do that. We just needed to be sure because it was so important. Once he actually proved himself, which wasn't hard to do, even seeing him walk around on set was like a different experience. He literally becomes a different person. He's grown up. He's so confident and like the nicest guy I've ever met. And I know I'm using this grammatically incorrectly, but he's also the funnest guy I've ever been with. I'm so proud of him!

IML: The filming of these movies has gone so fast. Can you talk about the intensity of that? Do you think you're going to remember any of it in five years?

Kristen: There's already a lot of stuff where I have to say, "Okay, just be here." Like, make sure this isn't just another like fleeting situation. You have to force yourself to be present. I feel like I have the opportunity to pick and choose moments that I want to remember and I have to focus on remembering cool moments. That only tells you that I literally have an influx of them. So I've had the coolest year.

IML: What has it been like to work in Vancouver? Is it like home? Do you have favorite hangouts?

Kristen: I love Vancouver. When we're doing the Twilight series there, I don't get to go out as much as I'd like to. I'm also sort of a boring person. I don't go out to bars and stuff a lot unless it's like an event. It's a beautiful place to be. I just like being outside there.

IML: Did you actually get to ride the motorcycle in the film? If so, were you into it?

Kristen: I'm definitely never going to be a biker. The idea of riding. I mean, I'm scared of cars! The idea of riding motorcycles is just never going to be something that I'm into. I was towed ridiculously. I was like on the back of this truck. I probably looked funny doing it. Taylor rode motorcycles really well. This one part that is sort of undeniably him, he sort of rides up and skids. I wasn't about to do that. I don't think they would let me necessarily. They have more faith in Taylor to do that kind of stuff.

IML: Would you ride on the back hanging on to a guy though?

Kristen: Yeah, I did that, I did that. And I didn't like it! It's like so precarious. I don't know if you've been on one. It literally feels like you're going to fly off of it. I'm not into that.

IML: How did the filming in Italy add to the romance of your character?

Kristen: The fact that we didn't have to be on a set and we were really in Italy made it so much easier. It was so cool that we got to go to Italy and we didn't have to fake it.  I think it really did add, like - I'm totally stealing Chris' words - "a scope" to the film that wouldn't otherwise be there. To go from Forks to Italy is such a stark contrast and romantic just in the idea and so then to actually be there of course it only helps to have it.

IML: Can you talk about the breakup scene with Edward and how emotional it was to do that?

Kristen: That was the scariest thing. I was almost as worried about messing it up than I was about what I actually showed her thinking about, which was the issue that Bella's dealing with. Reading that moment in the book, there's nothing like it in reality. It's not even like a normal break up scene because I know what it's like to get broken up with. But I don't know what it's like to get broken up with by a vampire I've now been physically and chemically altered by. It's like suddenly you take an addict and take whatever they're addicted to away from them. There's this withdrawal. That was the most intimidating scene in the entire movie. I was so alone. I had no other actors to play off. The breakup scene that I did with Rob, that's not what I was intimidated by. That was still like she doesn't even believe it yet. It's when he goes. It was the absence of him that I was scared of. How am I - by myself in the woods with a 100 guys standing around filming me - going to die, or literally have the equivalent of like a death scene but stay alive and get up and keep walking. It was hard. It was really intimidating. I still don't know - I mean, I've seen the movie. I really like the movie. But I don't know if anybody really would be able to bring that to life the way Stephenie Meyer writes it.

IML: Other than that, were there any other challenging scenes or moments for you?

Kristen: Yeah. Bella's so sure all the time, but this is the one movie where she actually is baffled and totally like "I don't know." It's weird to play Bella like that because she's so not like that. It was really hard to go back and forth because you don't shoot a movie in sequence, obviously. I had to do some with Jacob where I was alive and happy and out of this depression thing. And after lunch go back and scream in my bed for six hours. That was difficult!

IML: Being a celebrity today is so much crazier than it was even five or ten years ago. You guys have such an avid fan base. How do you draw the line between what the fans want to know and your private life?

Kristen: I don't know. As soon as I stopped trying to control everything that came out of my mouth and every picture that came out, that's when I became so much happier, so much easier to deal with. It wasn't like a turning point. I've just grown into not being able to care as much and not try to think that I'm going to be able to plan out the way everybody perceives me. There are no false impressions. Everybody's impression of you is always going to be what it is in that isolated moment. It's people not considering where you are in that moment when you give that impression [that is frustrating]. I'm going to own what I'm going to own. I'm always going to keep what's important to me, mine.

IML: What's been the craziest moment with fans so far?

Kristen: I've had a lot of really varying experiences. Some absolutely touching and like overwhelming and daunting.  And some just like crazy. And then sometimes they're really funny. Once, I was in Brazil. Taylor and I went this time and Rob was in Japan and that's just how it goes. We get sent all over. It means nothing who we're with. And this guy was chasing after us. There was this huge crowd anyway. But this one very persistent fellow was like, "Where is Hobart? Where is Hobart?" And I couldn't stop laughing. And I felt bad because he was like distraught and emotional. And I was like, "It's 'Robert'!" It was really funny. But sometimes you get letters and they're sort of reassuring you know, when everybody's saying one thing about you. It's funny when you can actually relate to the fans on a human level. It happens all the time. People assume that that's like impossible.

IML: How do you take the fact that people take you and Robert to be together in real life?

Kristen: I totally understand why people have a hard time separating us from our characters. Also it's just where the world is going. People are obsessed. There's an incredibly large group of people who spend most of their time considering other people's lives. It's strange to me. I can't have anything to do with it or else I step in and mess it up for myself. And I can't even do it in a way that is complete. So I just let it fall by the wayside. It doesn't really affect me.

IML: How attached have you become to Bella in filming all these movies?

Kristen: I'm very protective of her. I feel a shared ownership. It's weird. If you were to talk about the character in a way that was at all not thought out or flippant, I would be right there to say you don't know what you're talking about. I'm very defensive of her!

IML: Do you see her as a good example for young women?

Kristen: I think that Bella's such a good character for girls to look up to. Not to look up to. You're not looking up. The fact that she's normal. And - I think the most typically relatable thing is that she's awesome and she doesn't know it. And she's very confident but also not arrogant. It's a weird thing to be. I think that it's awesome that so many girls can look up to her because she's fickle and unabashedly so. It's like I'm allowed to make mistakes. And I'm going to do it. And I'm going to do it right now! Yes, I think she is a good example for a young girl.

IML: But she seems to be willing to sacrifice everything for Edward and when she goes into a post-breakup depression, she becomes this adrenaline junkie who's trying to kill herself. Are you worried about younger teens who are watching?

Kristen: It's a very extreme story. I think the people who take to this story need to be a little bit more mature than that. And I think the only reason they take to it is because they are. The only way I can justify that - and maybe I'm an immature girl as well - I really feel like if you feel like you need to do it, you need to do it. 'It' being anything. And then after you're told that you've made a mistake and you're wrong, if you're willing to say 'I was wrong' and 'I'm going to try the next thing,' there's nothing to be ashamed of there at all. Be extreme. Go for it. I think that's the point. I know this is a movie about immortality and mortality but you live once. I'm not preaching to anybody, I'm just trying to justify the story.

IML: Can you tell us any moments that really stand out about making the next movie, "Eclipse"?

Kristen: Just like "New Moon" sort of starts and becomes a completely different movie, so does "Eclipse." Just as soon as you think you're going to get the same story it all of a sudden completely changes. Bella is back to herself. She's content now. She's again comfortable and self-assured in a way that she wasn't in "New Moon." What was interesting for me to explore in "Eclipse" was different levels of love. And acknowledging that the ideals you maybe had a little while ago aren't true. Bella's innately honest. And in "Eclipse" she lies to herself and she lies to everyone around her about the fact that she's in love with Jacob, just not as much as she is with Edward. Just not that extra thing that you can't really describe. I loved playing with the three characters together. There's literally a scene where Jacob and Edward who are mortal enemies are in a tent with a sleeping Bella between them. It's a ridiculous circumstance. We had so much to work with. There's a big battle that happens. It was cool. I've always gotten to do things for really short periods of time. To follow a character this long - it surprises me every time. And also we have such an established dynamic. The way I know Bella feels with Edward. You sort of can't mess with that.

IML: What do you find the most rewarding part of being part of something so phenomenally popular? What is challenging about it?

Kristen: I think my favorite thing about this is that I can keep it personal. If the saga didn't become a franchise and it was literally just a series of movies that I had done, they would mean just as much to me. The fact that this is so important to so many people makes me so happy.

Stay tuned for our interview with Robert Pattinson, and then our chat with Taylor Lautner! OMG two times over!

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