Bill Condon talked about you having a schizophrenic life while making this movie, can you talk about that experience?
Kristen Stewart: Shooting two movies at the same time, completely out of sequence, it wasn’t something that initially we were concerned about, keeping sequences in tact scheduling wise. It was like, “Okay, we’ll work on this part and we’ll work on this part.” It really was everywhere within each day, like Bill said. I think what that gave me is that she’s thinking, like, she’s always either looking into the future and thinking about what she’s going to achieve, and ultimately in this movie she does get everything she wants, or she’s sort of feeling bad about things, with Jacob for instance, her family – she’s very much in her own head. Basically what I’m saying is that being able to play a vampire, a human, a woman who’s pregnant, a woman who’s about to get married, literally sometimes within the same day or sometimes within the same week actually helped me remind me, because everything felt more important to me and more relevant to me, everything felt very close. So I think if we did it more systematically, it just wouldn’t have been the same. Everything was happening all at once, and it was so sort of overwhelming that it was good (laughs), it gives you that energy everyday.
‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1’ is such an emotional journey for Bella. What was it like filming all of that for months, and how did all of that affect you, personally?
Kristen Stewart: I can’t draw a line between myself and stuff that I do. It’s funny, I don’t want to sound like it’s just about this, but really with everything I do, it’s hard for me to take myself out of it. I’d been building up to this for 4 years. I was 17 when I started doing these movies. This really is loaded with those really cathartic, impactful, huge life moments, and they’re not all completely fantasy. They’re really very rooted in a reality that I can completely see myself in, and anyone who reads the book could imagine. Shooting the scenes, I had to realize that these moments will find themselves naturally. I can’t let the book punch me in the face every morning to wake me up. You have to let the moments happen, and they did. I just went for it. I do feel like it’s very very close to the book, and a really sincere telling of the story, but at the same time there are bits that are surprises, that surprised me too, in the more iconic bits.
Bella has become mythological pop culture character in her own right, how does she compare to playing Snow White?
Kristen Stewart: I guess the only actual comparison, or I guess that a million could be drawn, but the one thing that sticks out in my mind is that they really both are, in different ways, matriarchs, very strong matriarchs that need to find that position. You see the whole process, but they’re so different. Them both being icons, Snow White, its funny because I didn’t grow up on fairy tales. I know everyone says, “The reason that this thing is so cool is that we’ve all grown up with these stories and it’s a retelling.” I’m like, “Nah, not really. I didn’t.” (Laughs) I also didn’t grow up with ‘Twilight.’ So for me, these things are sort of being put on these characters. Right as I think, “Wow, this is important,” everyone goes, “That’s important!” It’s like, “Okay, cool.” So I’ve got really lucky, I didn’t know going into either of these things necessarily, or I mean, I know ‘Snow White’ obviously more so than ‘Twilight’ was expected to be important to people because they know it.
What’s on your iPod right now?
Kristen Stewart: I’m doing ‘Snow White and the Huntsman right now, and it’s really weird being here, to be honest, because I’m so very involved in that right now. Adele’s new album. Honestly, I’ve choreographed like whole marches with my army behind me. So I’m listening to that a lot, it’s really good for the story, almost oddly good for it, too good for it (laughs). It hit the nail right on the head, it’s amazing, ahe’s incredible. Not to give everything away about ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ I have a few little things that I listen to a lot right now. I kind of only listen to the things that I’m listening to for the movie right now, and like, my regulars.
You’ve been playing Edward for 4 years now, can you talk about the journey he’s taken through the series and also what that has been like for you personally?
Robert Pattinson: I think in the broadest terms about Edward’s journey, right from the beginning I took out, I just ignored the fact that he was a vampire and basically ignored the fact that he was 108 – except to kind of use for metaphorical purposes. Then you’re just left with a kind of troubled teenager, it’s a really simple story of him getting content with himself. He gets content by finding a woman and having a child which is I guess how a lot of troubled guys kind of balance themselves out. At least that’s the hope anyway (laughs).
This role, it’s presented a whole variety of obstacles in terms of trying to grow and figure out who you want to be. It’s like having a very complicated maze to go through, you’re also being propelled by some kind of jet as well and trying to figure out how to go through a maze at the same time (laughs). I still kind of feel like it hasn’t really slowed down, I’m still trying to figure out where I’m at. But it’s been fun, it’s totally bizarre to me. I’ve said it for years, I didn’t even know if I was going to continue acting before this happened, and now I have much more of a drive and passion for it than I ever did before.
Bill Condon mentioned this idea of self-loathing, that you said Edward was self-loathing and it was never presented as an element in the actual plot of the first 3 films…..
Robert Pattinson: Yeah, I always thought that would be the key ingredient to Edward’s character. I mean, he’s a 108 year old guy who’s never achieved anything he’s wanted to achieve, he’s been stuck in adolescence. When you’re an adolescent nothing is given to you. You think everything’s unfair, and he’s been living like that for 100 years (laughs). You’d eventually get to the point of desperation. I guess it’s very difficult to portray that and to portray a love story at the same time unless you want to make a very different movie. I was trying to push for that angle at the same time. It’s funny that Bill was the first person to say, “I want to put this at the forefront,” because Breaking Dawn is probably the happiest Edward’s been in the whole series (laughs). So perhaps it was the wrong moment to use that, but we did a couple of flashback scenes that kind of reflect his anger, I guess, when he first turned into a vampire.
How was it filming the birth scene?
Robert Pattinson: With the birth scene, I read the script before I read the book. It’s the first time I’d done that so I read that scene being kind of astonished (laughs). I knew it was crazy, the story, but I couldn’t believe that it was actually written down and we were going to do it. It was terrifying going into it. It ended up being this kind of….it was one of the most incredible scenes to do in this movie. There’s definitely an R-Rated or NC-17 rated version of a few scenes in this movie. It was just incredible to do that, because of the violence, it gave you a lot of freedom in the scene. Having every character so desperate, it suddenly became something very very different. Especially for Edward, who’s always held back, who’s a pacifist and he’s very objective and logical about everything, to do this thing where you’re suddenly playing Edward stuck between an emaciated dummy’s legs, chewing through a placenta, getting cream cheese and strawberry jam all over your face, and then pulling out a three-week-old baby afterwards, with a wig on. It’s like something out of a Bunuel movie (laughs).
How was your last moment playing Edward?
Robert Pattinson: The very last moments I was in St. Thomas in the Caribbean, on the beach. It was kind of incredible, it was the only time I’d ever experienced anything like that in the Twilight movies. The last scene with everyone, it was kind of horrible because it was freezing cold, it was after two weeks of night shoots. I think everyone just scattered after the scene. “Yeah, that’s the end of Twilight,” and it was five in the morning, it was freezing cold, pouring rain. At least it was kind of symbolic of how all the movies were shot, just freezing cold and pouring rain all the time (laughs). It doesn’t feel like the end of it yet, and also because the press tours have become so huge and you’re always being asked about it all the time. To me this feels like part of the process of making the movies. Until the last one’s released, I don’t really feel like I’ve finalized anything.