Want to try something difficult? Try taking a successful series of books and making a big screen adaptation that is worthy of the pages it’s drawn from. Need more of a challenge? Have the story be about vampires. You know, those immortal bloodsuckers that move at blinding speeds and have superhuman powers. Still not hard enough? Make sure the book your film is based on has a devoted—did I say devoted? I mean devoted with a capital D—fan base that will scrutinize every line, scene, and fiber down to the minutest of minute detail. How’s that for a challenge? That, my friends, is exactly what Twilight faces when it is released Nov. 21.
For all Buffy’s efforts, vampires have been sinking their teeth ever deeper into Generation W’s pop culture. To a spate of hugely profitable books and HBO’s True Blood, add this month’s Twilight, a movie based on Stephenie Meyer’s blockbuster saga, which has sold millions of copies in the U.S. alone. As starlet Kristen Stewart plays the mortal innocent to Robert Pattinson’s undead rebel, the author explores the buried messages of this bloodsucking invasion.
At 18, Kristen Stewart has already played an aspiring musician for Sean Penn (Into the Wild) and done time as De Niro’s sexually adventurous daughter (What Just Happened). “I usually do indies,” says the L.A. native. With this month’s Twilight, however, she ventures into worldwide-event territory as Bella—your average American girl, who moves to a small town and falls mad-crazy in love with a vampire. The movie is based on the first entry of the wildly popular series (10 million copies sold and counting), a fantastical epic for goth chicks and adults mourning the loss of Harry Potter. “The series has this huge fan base,” says Stewart. “And they have very specific expectations. They’re supportive. But they’re crazy.” How so? “It’s like we’re their pets. If we’re bad, they’re going to punish us.” Uh, creepy. But if she can handle Sean Penn, rabid girls with fangs shouldn’t be a problem.
Though the supernatural figures prominently in the movie Twilight, Kristen Stewart secured the starring role of Bella Swan in a completely ordinary way. “I participated in a conventional audition process,” says the actress, who got her break playing Jodie Foster’s daughter in Panic Room.
Twilight is a far cry from anything that’s come before for Stewart, whose resume boasts roles in films by directors as diverse as Mike Figgis, David Gordon Green, Jon Favreau and Sean Penn.
Age: 18. Hometown: North Hollywood, California. Breakthrough roles: Jodie Foster’s daughter in Panic Room, Tracy in Into the Wild. Upcoming films: Twilight, Adventureland, and What Just Happened? Levi’s or J Brand? “Levi’s. Although I think I’m wearing nice J Brands right now.” Chuck Taylors or Nikes? Converse. Favorite designer? “Oh, I don’t know. Anything that’s beat up. I kind of like to look like a hobo.” Role model? Jodie Foster. BlackBerry or iPhone? “I’m getting a BlackBerry. I don’t even have an e-mail address. I just need a phone that’s not gonna break.” What’s on your iPod? Van Morrison, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones. Last book you read? Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer. Morning or evening? “I’m a night person. I mean, look at me.” Hybrid or Escalade? “A ’95 Toyota Tacoma.” Boy crush? “My boyfriend, Michael Angarano!”
Premiere’s intrepid reporters snagged an exclusive one-on-one with the star of Twilight, Kristen Stewart. Get the scoop from Comic-Con 2008!
This is your first big lead in a movie. How does that feel?
It feels good. I feel like I started somewhere huge, and there’s sort of nowhere to go from here… I feel like it was a big responsibility and I was really intimidated for a while, but now that it’s done and I’ve had some breathing time to step away from the project and I’m not living it anymore, I feel good. I’m really proud. I’ve never worked so hard on another movie and you wouldn’t expect that.. It’s a big studio movie, but…
We are very happy to bring you an interview with Kristen Stewart from from our Portland, Oregon Twilight set visit. We were so thrilled to meet her. Let us assure you that she is a very friendly and warm person. One of our favorite moments from Kristen was when we first approached her and introduced ourselves, she reached out her hand and introduced herself, too. Such a very normal and somewhat humble thing for a popular film star to do! We thank Kristen for the time she took out of her schedule to talk to us.