The End Begins
“Dude,” says Kristen Stewart. “There was something so sensory about it,”
An hour ago, Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson – otherwise known as the stars of The Twilight Saga – had their hand-and footprints immortalized in cement outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Still giddy, palms stained a faint gray, the 21-year-old actress waxes poetic to her costars for a moment about how it felt when, right after leaving her prints for posterity, she impulsively grabbed Lautner’s and Pattinson’s hands. “the concrete was so gritty and I didn’t even look, I just found your hands and it really felt like something,” she says. The dudes she’s speaking to, being dudes, burst into laughter. Stewart glares at them with mock rage: “You know what? Fuck you both right now in the face for laughing at me.”
Pattinson, 25, smiles and teases her for how poised she was during the ceremony. “I noticed how slick you were earlier,” he says. “Everyone’s like, ‘Kristen Stewart is so awkward.’ And you’re like, Little Miss Slick nowadays.”
It’s not just Stewart who has grown up. Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (rated PG-13, in theaters November 18) is the penultimate chapter based on Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling series – and it delves into some startling stuff. (Yes, yes; spoiler alert). In the film, which was directed by Bill Condon (Dream Girls), fans will see their chaste heroes, Bella and Edward marry (!) and finally have sex (!!), which leads to Bella’s life-threatening pregnancy with a half-vampire fetus and a gory birth scene that you’ll just have to see to believe. Now that production on both movies (Part 2 will be in the theaters November 2012) has wrapped, the actors have each officially begun their post-Twilight careers. Lautner, 19, starred in the thrilled Abduction earlier this fall; Pattinson recently wrapped Cosmopolis; and Stewart is on a short breaking from filming next summer’s Snow White and the Huntsman, costarring Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. The trio- relentless in their affectionate teasing – talked to EW over coffee and pastries in Los Angeles.
What has Bill Condon brought to the franchise as a director?
Kristen Stewart: I think you could feel his heart. Genuinely. It’s so easy to be influenced by cynicism, to take out a lot of the stuff that’s sentimental. Lines have been cut before – I’ve definitely had that experience on Twilight sets and said, “Oh, but that was so sweet.” Bill didn’t do that. He kept it all in. He really got the fucking love story. I think that we lost that for a while, and now it really feels real again.
“The shyness just comes from the fact that she’s really dedicated to bringing this character to life. That’s probably more what people are seeing than anything else.”