Say What News interviewed Sarah Clarke recently and discussed Renee and Bella’s relationship…
SayWhatNews: Sarah, you know I have to ask about „Twilight“. You play Renee Dwyer, Bella Swan’s mother. Had you read the books before you got the role? And how did you learn about the role of Bella’s mom?
Sarah: I read Twilight because Catherine Hardwicke asked me to. I loved the first book but have to admit that I was under-whelmed about the character of Renee. It was Catherine who convinced me that there was more to her. She grew on me as the movies went on, but I still find her lack of presence in Bella’s life very annoying.
SayWhatNews: Speaking of Renee’s lack of presence in Bella’s life…… Bella’s mom really has no major part in her life when she moves to Forks except for emails and a few phone calls. As a mother, what are your thoughts on Bella and Renee’s distant and some what hands off mother/daughter relationship?
Sarah: Yeah it’s weird…being a mother of two girls myself I found it very frustrating…I finally had to make peace with it and decided that Renee was a different mother than myself. I also have to remember that Bella was 17..and not 3..so by then there is a lot more independence.
SayWhatNews: In ‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’, we finally get a look at the bond Bella and her mother have when the two share a very special moment on the patio when Renee gives Bella a gift during her visit. Do you feel this was a key moment for the two characters?
Sarah: Absolutely…I think the key to understanding their bond is that there is a mutual respect of personal and emotional space. Renee really does see Bella as an adult and an equal to her…that’s why she doesn’t crowd her.