Kristen Stewart on David Letterman, Joan Jett, and Hollywood’s new blood.
Though she’d caught our eye with her piercing turn with Emile Hirsch in Into the Wild last year, it was her Twilight role as Bella Swann, the mortal love of a “vegetarian” vampire named Edward Cullen (a phrase now synonymous in America with “hot, unattainable soul mate”) that showed she was ready for her NYLON cover turn. Apparently, Superbad director Greg Mottola agrees – he’s cast Kristen opposite Jesse Eisenberg in his new flick Adventureland.
Low budget teen vampire movie, Twilight, is released in cinemas in the UK on Friday. Kristen Stewart, who plays one of the main characters Bella Swan, says she finds instant fame hard to deal with, it was fun working with British actor Robert Pattinson and that she has similar traits to her character.
Kristen Stewart is not unlike any 18-year-old you might see sifting through the rack in a second-hand clothes shop or nodding her head at an indie gig, but the difference between Stewart and the average teenager is that she not only performs on screen, but is also expected to be articulate and engaging as she fields questions from the media day-after-day in countries all over the world.
The round of interviews to promote a movie and help make millions for the studio can be demanding and it is easy to forget just how young some of the stars really are. Stewart is learning all about those demands with Twilight, the first film adaptation of the book series written by Stephenie Meyer. “It is the hardest thing,” she says of the levels of press attention now focused on her.
Kristen Stewart has revealed she rarely gets recognised out in public.
The 18-year-old Twilight star has found herself catapulted to instant fame following the success of the film in the States, with her face on everything from badges to bags and posters.
But she said: “I’m pretty low-profile. I can go out I don’t ever get recognised by anybody.”
Catherine Hardwicke knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed on to direct the big-screen adaptation of Twilight, the first installment in author Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling young adult franchise about everygirl Bella Swan and her vampire beau Edward Cullen. The filmmaker had turned up to see the author on an L.A.-area stop on her 2007 book tour and witnessed firsthand the near hysteria the books inspire among legions of largely young, largely female readers.
All Meyer had to do was say the name “Edward,” Hardwicke said, and the room would erupt in screams.
While Robert Pattinson has been the focus of the media frenzy surrounding Twilight it’s Kristen Stewart, the actress playing 17-year-old Bella, who truly is carrying the film. Bella not only narrates the love story, she also awakens Edward out of his 107-year stupor.
In our one-on-one interview with the actress, she talks about her first impressions of Stephenie Meyer’s teen love story, answers for calling some of movie’s dialogue corny, and talks about whether she’s game to do the sequels.
If the Stephenie Meyer vampire movie explodes, so will the young actress’s career; is she ready for fame? A candid chat with the girl who will be Bella, Edward’s mortal beloved
She begins with a disclaimer. ”I usually don’t look like such a skank,” Kristen Stewart says, fanning out 10 dirt-caked fingernails. Fresh off her star turn as innocent, lovestruck Bella Swan in Twilight, the 18-year-old actress — best known as the hippie chick in Sean Penn’s Into the Wild — is researching a very different movie role at the moment, that of a young stripper. She’s been spending time at a run-down strip club in New Orleans’ French Quarter called Dixie Divas, taking in the show and learning how to gyrate around a pole, though she doesn’t shed many layers. ”I danced on the bar there three nights this week, and my legs are covered in bruises,” Stewart says proudly. ”Hopefully, the Twilight fans won’t totally freak out.”