It’s the movie that fans of The Twilight Saga have been anticipating and dreading for a year – the final installment of the franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2.
Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), is now a vampire and a mother, proudly watched by her husband Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), as she delights in her new found strength and abilities, while her best friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) has become entwined with her daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy).
Kristen spoke about the end of what has become a cult classic at the press day for The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2.
For three movies Bella was contained, now she’s a tiger let out of the cage. Could you talk about what that was like as an actress?
I was really lucky to have played the human Bella for so long. The best aspects of every vampire, all of their gifts, everything that makes them really special is always an enhanced version of what they were when they were human. So I really did get to play an incredibly well rounded version of a vampire, just because I actually got to take those steps for real.
If you were to take the fact that she becomes a vampire completely away, it is just a more realized version of who she has been the entire time. I think that’s why it touches so many people.
Now that Bella is a vampire, you finally got to do some kickass stunt work, did you embrace that?
I broke my thumb the first or second day of our really intense action stuff, so that was frustrating, but it was fun.
I got a little taste of [the action] when we were in Italy (shooting the first movie). The physicality was so important then, and it finally became important again. I have been on the sidelines for so long, and just itching, going, ‘I think I could do that pretty well.
I think those contacts are going to look pretty cool.’ So I was bursting to do it, which is why I probably broke my thumb, I was a little bit zealous.
You got to play a mother in this movie. What was that like?
I think that it is something that you are born with or not born with. Some people have really strong natural instincts, really strong desires to be a mom and it was one of my favorite things about the story from day one.
It was one aspect of [Bella] that I was most excited to play and it feeds into the vampires having a slightly more animalistic nature, it’s perfect for it. What better way to show that?
Do you look forward to being a mom?
I can’t wait to be a mom, but… I can wait. (she laughs)
What was the first moment that you realized this franchise was going to be phenomenally successful?
Comic-Con for me was the first time I was ever hit with a wave of human energy that this was not a normal movie. We always approached Twilight as something that felt very much our own.
That first dose of sharing it with the (audience), the first dose of seeing something that has really affected you and moved you does the same thing to other people, was mind-blowing.
Did you keep any props as a memento?
Yeah, I kept the rings. The rings are really important to me. Her mother gives her a moon ring in the beginning. It fully and completely reminds me of Katherine Hardwick every time I look at it.
How does it feel to walk away from this now?
I genuinely feel like I don’t have to walk anywhere. What I love about this job is that you hold these things. I wouldn’t have done it in the first place if it wasn’t something I was always going to carry, and I think [Robert and Taylor] feel the same way, they tell me they do.
Kristen was asked to comment on the final montage that ends the movie. Click below to listen to her reply.
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