It feels very good to see Kristen Stewart again. I’ve missed her. We’re meeting at the little mews house where I’m living for the summer, about an hour outside London. Kristen seems relaxed and happy; she looks fantastic–not unusual for her–and better rested than the last time I saw her, at the end of the interminable two-movie shoot that dominated our lives for the past year. You may know me as the author of the Twilight series, but I’m also a producer of the movies, so Kristen and I have gotten to know each other very well while filming during the past three years. Now the series is close to being over, with Breaking Dawn in theaters this month and Breaking Dawn Part 2 coming out next fall.
Today she’s in her usual jeans and a T-shirt, Chuck Taylors and a ponytail. Without any makeup, her skin is noticeably luminous. Her hair is dark, glossy and very long. I comment on the length, mentally counting the months since I’ve seen her; it’s been less than four. Kristen laughs: The hair is not all hers. It’s in place for her next movie, Snow White and the Huntsman.
We talk and talk, and as we speak, Kristen curls her legs under her, never entirely at rest, leaning forward when she’s enthusiastic. She’s animated and passionate about any project she believes in, yet she’s wary of how she might be perceived. I hope that in this interview something is captured of the Kristen I know, the real girl rather than the movie star.
Stephenie Meyer: So we’ve finally split up after spending the last several years working together. And yet the first movie I go to do [Austenland, starring Kurt Russell], you follow me to the same studio. Are you stalking me?
Kristen Stewart: [Laughs] Yes, I really am. I’m trying to get into your next films.
SM: I remember when we were shooting the wedding scene in Breaking Dawn–I was losing it because we were so sleep-deprived at that point.
KS: Yeah, the last night… I was exhausted, and it’s funny, Rob [Pattinson] was actually way more energetic than I was at the end of it.
SM: How emotional were you filming the final scenes?
KS: Even thinking about it now kind of freaks me out. On the final night of filming, I was literally pulling out my hair and crying and having to walk away for a second because my voice wasn’t working anymore.
SM: It was a big moment. Being there, you could feel that … And I have to say, you embrace Bella so much.
KS: I like Bella so much. In order to play a part like that, you have to believe in every crazy decision that she makes.
SM: What kind of characters do you gravitate toward?
KS: It is such a gut instinct. I’ve yet to play anybody who I don’t really love.
SM: I think you once wanted to direct. Do you still want to?
KS: Yeah, really, really badly. Me and Dakota [Fanning] were having this conversation the other day actually, and she also wants to do it really bad. It will happen, I think. I also really enjoy being an actor, so I’m fine. I mean, I’m not finished …
SM: Do you prefer working with male or female directors?
KS: I feel that everyone’s so different that it’s hard to say, “Girls are like this,” because even the women I’ve worked with are all very different. But female directors are usually pretty remarkable because they have gone that extra step of saying, “No, I’m gonna direct the film. No, there’s no one else.”
SM: I know that publicity’s not your favorite thing. Have you ever been misquoted?
KS: Yes, I have. It bugs me! False impressions are the worst! It definitely makes me watch my words. Even right now, I’m going, OK, how do you talk about this? And you’ve got to have a filter.