Twilight Sage: Eclipse - Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson © Summit

With The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opening on June 30, we continue our conversation with Kristen Stewart, who talks about the next Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn, in which her character Bella gets married and has a child.

After doing the role for so long, what are your favorite and least favorite character traits that Bella has?

Twilight Sage: Eclipse - Kristen Stewart and Director David Slade
Kristen Stewart and Director David Slade © Summit

I really don’t have one that’s my least favorite because, as annoying as she can be, there are the things that I like about her. She always comes around and realizes that she can be a little selfish. She’s definitely not naggy, but she tries so hard not to be sometimes.

Sometimes I think, ‘Why don’t you just let yourself be?’ I think she picks at herself too much, but I can relate to that. I always say my favorite thing about her is that she screws up a lot and doesn’t care, and is like, ‘This is the way that life is. I’m young and I’m going on with it.’

Bella doesn’t believe in marriage. Do you?

Yeah, sure. Whatever you want to do. I’m not ready to get married, but I have a pretty great family and I’d like that too, someday.

What designer would you love to see design Bella’s wedding dress? If you could dream it up, what would it look like?

Well, Stephenie [Meyer, the author of the novels] is absolutely in charge of that. I’m sure she has really specific ideas. I haven’t really thought about it. But, I feel like Bella would definitely want something really classic and really simple, but beautiful. I have no idea, in terms of designers.

Would it be white?

Yeah, or creamy, but definitely classic. She doesn’t want to get married and, because it means so much to Edward and because he has such different sensibilities and values, she’s going to give him everything. I think it’s going to be a really beautiful and monumental wedding because he wants that. Usually, it’s the opposite. Usually, the girl wants it. It’s cute.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Kristen Stewart
The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Kristen Stewart © Summit Entertainment

With Breaking Dawn, would you like to stick to the book and go for an R rating, or do you think it should be toned down?

I guess that everybody interprets those things differently. My guess is that it’ll be PG-13. I have no idea, but I guess we’ll all see when it comes out.

How long have you known that Breaking Dawn was going to be two films?

I had to hold onto this forever. They’ve been talking about it for a really long time, and we all definitely knew that it was going to be two movies for forever now. It’s been really hard not to say that. We’re all really stoked on that.

Do you see an opportunity in Breaking Dawn, since it’s going to be two films, to create two interpretations of Bella, pre-vampire and post-vampire?

Yeah, actually. I really can’t wait to get into that because I’ve been on the outskirts of what it would feel like to play one of them. I had to think about it a lot, considering that Bella is dating one of them very seriously. It’s been years of dealing with these issues and I’ve thought about it a lot. I can’t wait to actually be it. It’s going to be a trip. It’s going to be weird.

She does change a lot. I think she’s going to be the coolest vampire out of all of them. She’s got the greatest power. She’s untouchable. Nothing can touch her, and she can literally protect the whole clan. She’s such a mother, too. I think it’ll be awesome to see how much she’s changed from Twilight, where she’s this 17-year-old kid who really doesn’t care about a whole lot, other than herself. To see her become this matriarch will be really cool.

Now that you’ve done three of these films, are there things that you wish had made into the movie from the book that didn’t?

The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Kristen Stewart and Edi Gathegi
Kristen Stewart and Edi Gathegi © Summit Entertainment

Yeah, totally. There are a million things. Every single time we watch one of the movies, especially when the cast watches it together, it’s always an incredibly frustrating experience. That’s why I’m glad that Breaking Dawn is going to be two movies, which I can finally say. There’s going to be less of having to lose stuff. I know you want specific things, but I can’t think of one now.

Is there a scene in Breaking Dawn that you hope makes the movie?

There are a million and we haven’t even shot it yet. I can’t wait to get married and have a kid. It’s all of that. It’s going to be crazy.

Do you think all this speculation about you and Rob Pattinson (Edward Cullen) will continue until the series ends?

Probably, yeah.

Are you at the point now with Rob where, when you’re doing a very passionate or dramatic scene that, all of a sudden, you just start laughing?

That really happens all the time, definitely. More so with me and Taylor (Lautner, who plays Jacob) because we have so much fun with this stuff and our intimate moments are so few and far between, and weird. We have a little bit more of that. Rob and I are always so serious because we have those scenes.

Can you talk about any other upcoming projects that you have, aside from these movies?

I’m playing Marylou in On The Road. It was my first favorite book, and that character is iconic. Walter Salles is directing it. I’m a huge fan of his. I’m doing that right after this press is over. In July, we start a four-week beatnik boot camp. It’s a small movie, so four weeks of rehearsal is crazy cool.


Judy Sloane

Judy is Film Review Online's regular Los Angeles based reporter.