Kristen Stewart Interview For ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′
After the birth of Renesmee Cullen (Mackenzie Foy), Bella (Kristen Stewart), who is now a vampire, finds herself enjoying her new life and abilities. However, the vampire Irina (Maggie Grace) misidentifies Renesmee as an “immortal child” – a child who has been turned into a vampire – and because immortal children are uncontrollable, creating them has been outlawed by the Volturi. After Irina presents her allegation to the Volturi, they plan to destroy Renesmee and the Cullens. In an attempt to survive, the Cullens gather other vampire clans from around the world to stand as witnesses and prove to the Volturi that Renesmee is not an immortal child. Upon confronting the gathered Cullen witnesses, the Volturi discover that they have been misinformed and immediately execute Irina for her mistake. However, they remain undecided on whether Renesmee should be viewed as a threat to vampires’ secret existence.
The hefty cast for ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ includes Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Rami Malek, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy, Tracey Heggins, Judi Shekoni, Omar Metwally, Andrea Gabriel and Rami Malek. Set for a November 16th release, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ is based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series. Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) directed both the first and second part of the two-part finale. My Taylor Lautner for ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ can be read here, my Kellan Lutz interview can be found here, and my Robert Pattinson interview can be read here (lots more to come).
So many people really identify with Bella and her journey through the ‘Twilight’ series. And this character, in this movie, she’s a strong woman, with strong convictions. She’s not always strong, but she has a strong sense of who she is….
Kristen Stewart: Yeah. I think if anything we shed light on an enormous gap that’s been wanting to be filled for a very long time, sort of told everyone that it’s possible. This thing that’s so common, that drives me nuts (laughs), that Bella and ‘Twilight’ is simply not, is when people try to fill that little void with false girl power – because it seems to be such a thing right now. It’s totally in to be a “strong girl”. I feel like I read so many script that they’ve just changed the character name from Bobby to Sue, and they’re like, “Cool, lets have Kristen Stewart play it.” But I don’t really want to play a guy (laughs), I would really rather play a strong girl. Women’s strengths are different, they are very evident in very different ways. It’s not about brawn and being the loudest in the room, sometimes it’s about taking a step back and realising….it’s funny, what I’m about to say is so cliche but it’s true, it’s not like the women at the front of the room desperately asserting herself, it’s the one sort of clocking that’s the more interesting one. On the outside you may seem quiet, you may seem a little introverted or shy even, but to be able to say that you don’t need to be loud. I dunno, you know what I mean (laughs)? Especially considering where Bella comes from and where she gets to, you have somebody who really has a lot of stock in her own feelings. It’s pretty great.
Bella has moments of genuine awkwardness, but she’s never not who she is. That conviction in this movie, and in becoming a vampire, it takes all those things and amplifies them and adds power to them. How was that to play?
Kristen Stewart: I was so lucky to be able to play human Bella for so long that everything that makes vampire Bella great was so natural, I knew where it was coming from. All of the vampires have power for a reason, we didn’t see where they got to live in their human lives, but with Bella all of the progressions are so there. It’s not like it’s a random idea for her to have a shield, it’s actually very fitting. It’s not a completely arbitrary thing that she can drop everyone’s guard. I think that really says something about her. As much of a physical thing it was, it was cool to be strong and fast, it was nice to see a fully realised version of Bella.
Bella’s guardedness, that transfers to not only protect her feelings, but in ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ she really protects and guards others?
Kristen Stewart: It’s sick, I loved the fact that she’s changed while she’s given birth, she’s a leader of that family. She’ll be a mother forever, even if her daughter grows up and whatever, there is that innate care-taking aspect to her. Also, you need to be a bit crazy to be in that position as well, to be like, “No, I think everything’s going to be ok, you have to trust it.” She’s always given so much stock to her feelings, even if they seem a little crazy in the moment, at the end of the day I think she can stand up and say, “I told you all. Follow me.” (Laughs) That was really satisfying to play in this film.
Did you have a favourite moment in ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′? Was there something in particular that was fun to shoot or do?
Kristen Stewart: I think the first hunt is something that I’ve always really loved, your kind of playing a bit of a baby. Just taking so much in, in a matter of a split second. I didn’t really get to jump off a waterfall, I didn’t really get to tackle a Mountain Lion, it was just a big tube of foam – which was just as satisfying to take down to be honest (laughs). But I think probably the first hunt, it was difficult, it’s so hard to pull off. I mean, it’s so extreme. But I feel like I got to taste what that would kind of feel like.
What was the moment for you when you thought, “Wow, this ‘Twilight’ thing is going to be huge.” Do you remember that moment or what that thing was, or was it a series of things?
Kristen Stewart: I always think of Comic-Con. The first Comic-Con was so 100% disarming and overwhelming. I’d done some movies before ‘Twilight,’ I knew what it felt like to love something with another director or another actor, making something together that you’re both really moved by – that’s the most amazing feeling. If you can like something together, hate something together, find something funny together, it’s suddenly a 100 times more, rather than just having that experience on your own. So when we sat in front of 6000 people, that energy is the most….I just knew it was going to get bigger. I was like, “This isn’t just going to stop.” Because it’s contagious, that energy is like fire, it catches. I had never seen that before.
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