As Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Kristen Stewart manages in two hours to go through the two biggest milestones in a woman’s life – marriage/ honeymoon and a baby! Yes, she finally weds vampire, Edward Cullen (Robert Patterson), to the chagrin of her friend and wannabe lover werewolf, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).
Kristen flew in from London to attend the press junket for the movie, where she is starring as Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, which will open next summer.
How hard was it to shoot both Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2 at the same time?
Shooting two movies at the same time, completely out of sequence, wasn’t something that initially we were concerned about. It really was everywhere within each day.
I think what that gave me is that 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 feeling bad about things like Jacob, for instance, [and] her family. She’s very much in her own head.
What I’m saying is, being able to play a vampire, a human, a woman who is pregnant, a woman who is about to get married, literally sometimes within the same day actually helped remind me that everything felt more important and more relevant to me.
What was it like playing the iconic role of Bella versus the fairytale myth of Snow White?
I guess a million comparisons could be drawn but the one thing that sticks out in my mind is that they both are, in different ways, very strong matriarchs that need to find that position.
I didn’t grow up on fairy tales. I know everyone says, ‘The reason [Snow White] is so cool is because we’ve all grown up with this story and it’s a retelling.’ I was like ‘No, not really. I didn’t.’ I also didn’t grow up with the Twilight [novels]. I didn’t know [anything] going into either of these things necessarily.
You lost a considerable amount of weight, it appeared, while Bella were pregnant.
[That was] digital. I didn’t have time as everything was sporadically shot. We would have had to shut down production for a couple months while I lost the weight or gained it back, whichever we did first.
It did look very genuine.
That’s great because it does make you feel a little bit like, ‘Oh, I hope the [special effects] guys do a good job.’ I don’t do that part, and it can ruin you if you look ridiculous. And, obviously I don’t. So those guys are amazing at what they do.
What was going through your mind in the wedding scene as you’re walking down the aisle?
I had a million different things going through my head and kind of what I kept telling myself was, ‘Stop, stop, stop. Just do it. Actually have this experience, because you’re just about to ruin it. ‘I think that I was so in the right place to do it that I needed to just put the dress on and go and stand there and walk and see [Edward] and everyone.
So I just kept telling myself, ‘Just find yourself in this moment and appreciate it or else you’re going to look back and go, “God, why didn’t I just take that ride?’
What did you think of the much ado everybody made when Rob told fans that because you used real priest in the movie you might be accidentally married?
Honestly, that’s the first I’ve heard of that. [The priest] couldn’t even remember the vows! I think maybe he was nervous. He did great, it’s just that he kept saying our real names. And I think he also called me like, Bella Marie or Bella Elizabeth, or something. He definitely messed up my middle name.
That’s a funny story to come out of all of this, because that wasn’t my memory of it. Was he even necessarily a real ordained minister? I’d like to find out. I don’t know.
Bella goes through some major milestones with the marriage, the honeymoon, giving birth. You can’t help but think about those kinds of things in your own life.
This movie does cram a lot of milestones into it. It was a much more full experience than you would really ever get to have with something about a girl that age, because of her unique situation. I really did get to live ten to fifteen years in those four to five, because everything’s so important for them.
All of the imposing elements just speed everything up and make everything, especially in questions like these, very unreal.
After spending so much time with Bella, now that you’ve finished portraying that character is there any part of her that sticks with you?
Not really, only because I’m pretty wrapped up in her and vice versa. I asked, ‘So how do you make her different? It’s not you.’ But I genuinely had to justify every decision she made the whole way through.’
Sometimes your characters in films do things you wouldn’t do. You’re not playing yourself all the time. But, for her, somehow I could not disagree with her ever. And, I didn’t. So I think we’re pretty similar at times, but then at times it’s hard to say.