November 01, 2012

'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' LA Press Conference with Robert & Kristen

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Kristen Stewart


Question: What was it like to play the human and vampire side of Bella, at the same time?
KRISTEN STEWART: I was really lucky to have played human Bella for so long. The best aspects of every vampire, with all of their gifts, what makes them really special is just an enhanced version of what they were when they were human. So, I really did get to play a really well-rounded version because I actually got to take those steps for real. If you were to take the fact that she becomes a vampire completely away, it’s just a more realized version of who she’s been the entire time. I think that’s why it really touches so many people, too. It really does represent that stage of life where you’re bubbling over with something you maybe can’t put your finger on. I’m not a huge fan of the girl thing, but she’s a girl who has faith in herself enough to not ignore those feelings and find out why they’re even there. People think she’s nuts, the entire time, and that she’s losing it. She’s making very odd decisions, but they’re fully informed by feeling. Now, it all makes sense. She can stand up and go, “I told you! It was worth it! We held on for a reason.” It’s really satisfying. It’s like breaking her in, like a car. How fast does it go? It was fun.
Did you keep any props or costumes, as a momento?
STEWART: Yeah, the rings. The rings were really important to me. Her mother gives her a moon ring, in the beginning. It fully and completely reminds me of Catherine Hardwicke, every time I look at it. Other than that, she’s not really into stuff. There weren’t a lot of props, so that was probably it. The rings were really, really extremely important to me.
At what moment did you realize how big this thing was going to be?
STEWART: It’s grown so much, even recently, so I don’t know if you ever realize the extent that it’s gotten to, but Comic-Con, for me, was the first time I was ever hit with a wave of human energy that was like, “This is not a normal movie.” It felt like something that was so very much our own. That first dose of looking up and seeing that something that’s really affected you does the same things to other people is mind blowing. It’s the coolest thing about the job, actually. It’s really exciting. I’m incredibly overwhelmed, admittedly, but it is the greatest part of the job.
In getting play Bella as a vampire, you got to do some kick-ass stunts. Did you embrace that?
STEWART: I broke my thumb the first or second day of our really intense, action-y type stuff. That was really frustrating. But, it was fun. I got a little taste of it when we were in Italy. The physicality was so important then, and it finally became important again. I don’t know. I’d been on the sidelines for so long, just itching. I thought, “I could do that pretty well. I think I could do that pretty well.” I was bursting to do it. I think that’s why I broke my thumb.
Bella’s life is forever paused at 18, which is so young. If you could pause your life at one moment in time, what age would you be?
STEWART: I’m not there yet. I don’t know yet. I can’t wait to get to that point, but I don’t know. Somebody recently asked me that and I couldn’t answer them either, so I do apologize. It’s the most boring answer ever. It’s probably so telling that I haven’t gotten to that point yet.
How did Bella’s journey parallel with your own journey, since you’re close to the same age?
STEWART: I don’t know. Without taking any of the truth out of this, it’s so general. It’s about that period where you’re like, “Wait, do I go with this or is that crazy?” I think the most adult way for me to answer that is, absolutely! You question yourself along the way, constantly, and I don’t think you should ever stop doing that. You should constantly question everything. Push harder. I think it just gets a little easier. I don’t know. I definitely feel a little more realized. A lot more, actually. Maybe it’s just chance that we happen to be the same age. It’s a tough one because she lives so many years, in such a tiny little period of time, because of the story, so it’s hard to put yourself there completely. But, I think I’ve grown up a little bit, you know?
What effect have these movies had on your career choices?
STEWART: A question that I can’t answer is, “What do you want to do next? What is your dream role? Where do you see yourself?” It doesn’t make any sense because it’s such an outsider’s perspective. You’re going, “Why don’t people look at me like this?” Until you see it, what are you responding to? You’re responding to other people’s perception of you, which is so weird, and why a lot of actors do what they do, and I don’t get that. I think things have always fallen in my lap, and I’ve gotten incredibly insanely lucky to get the right feelings and meet people that share them. If I can keep doing that, I’ll be a happy girl. It’s always a pretty impulsive thing because you can read a fantastic script that it might not be in you to do. One thing that I don’t think I do is play characters. Once you start claiming that you can do something that you’re not, you’re crazy. I think scripts can really surprise you. You go, “Wow, I did not know that that response could come from me. I did not know that I had that in me.” And so, the process of making the movie is just finding that and digging a little deeper. I think maybe I’ve played parts that are really similar to me because I’m young. I wanted to explore things that were more apparent to me. Now, I’m getting to the point that I want to dig a little deeper. You can shock yourself a little bit with this, and that’s what I’m alive to do.
What was it like to see the montage that sums up everything you’ve been working on, all these years?
STEWART: I actually saw it a while ago and I wish I had better words, but it’s crazy. It’s so crazy! You typically just don’t get that opportunity to look back. My favorite thing about it is that [Bill Condon] understood. He really put his finger on what drives this thing. He didn’t shy away from anything. This thing is romantic. That’s what is attractive about it. It is so stirring. I think if anyone was going to try to be cool about it, it would be a shame. Bill lent himself to it so fully, and I think you can see that. You can tell that he’s a huge fan of the story and everything that’s been going down. It’s a nice little knife twist, as well. I think it’s really great.
Did playing a mom come naturally for you, and did it make you look differently at your own mom?
STEWART: I don’t know. I think that it might be something that you’re born with or not born with. Some people have really, really strong natural instincts and desires to be a mom. That was one of my favorite things about the story. From day one, there was never enough about that in the script for me. Luckily Stephenie [Meyer] has really been heavily involved. She was on set, every single day, and it was something that we were really together about. It was one aspect of [Bella] that I was really excited to play. Vampires have slightly more animalistic natures, and what better way to show that? I have a great relationship with my mom, and she can be a bit feral when it comes to being a mom.
Are you ready to have your own kids?
STEWART: I can’t wait to be a mom, but I can wait.
What sort of bond do you share with Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner over this experience, that only you guys can understand?
STEWART: It’s nice to not be alone in that. There are a lot of people that are exceedingly famous, and I think they feel the same way. We share the movies. Another really common question is, “How is it going to be to walk away from this?” I genuinely feel like I don’t have to walk anywhere. That’s what I love about this job. I wouldn’t have done it in the first place unless it was something that I would always carry, and I think they feel the same way. They tell me they do.
Are you glad these films are finally done?
STEWART: I’m so happy that the story is told. You have no idea. Usually, you’ve got five weeks or five months to get the schedule and go, “That day is coming up. Now that day is coming up.” We had five years. The fact that this thing is out and it’s not weighing on us anymore, I’m super excited about that. I don’t want it to sound like I’m excited to be done with the experience because it’s such a particular time. It’s a feeling, and I will definitely miss that, but I feel like it’s not going anywhere. It is strange. But, things shouldn’t stay stagnant. You’ve got to move on.
Would you be open to doing another film franchise?
STEWART: It’s hard to sign on to something before you know what it’s going to be. My guess is that probably not. It’s just really rare to find something that lends itself to that. I would also probably want to know where it was going. I don’t know. I’ve never been a huge fan of any comic book. As of now, probably not, but never say never.
With the holidays coming up, what would you give Bella?
STEWART: Oh, Bella, what do you want for Christmas, girl? I don’t know. What do I want to give her for Christmas? Bella’s not a big fan of stuff. In fact, she hates presents, so I would mail her something.
Is there anything that Bella has done that you’d love to do?
STEWART: I would love to be able to run that fast. That would be fun. We were really able to get close to most of the experiences that she had. We wanted to push it as far as we could. But then, when I was standing on the treadmill, being dragged behind a truck in the woods, I was like, “I know this isn’t going to make it into the movie because it’s fairly ridiculous.” Honestly, one of my favorite parts of the entire series is that first hunt.
Would you like to live forever?
STEWART: No.


Question: Bella's a tiger let out of a cage in this one. What was that like as an actres, especially doing it at the same time as BD 1 - so in one shoot you were caged, the next you weren't.
Kristen: I was really lucky to have played human Bella for so long. The best aspects of every vampire, it's an enhanced version of when they were human. I got to take those steps for real, turning into a vamp. If you were to take the fact that she becomes a vampire completely away, this is just a more realized version of who she's been the whole time. It's why it touches so many people.
It was also like breaking her in like a car, asking 'how fast? how fast can she go?'

Q: What did you keep from the set?
Kristen: I kept the rings. The rings ar ereally important to me. There was the moon ring, which is from the first film and reminds me of Catherine Hardwicke. And the wedding ring I have too. Other than that, Bella's not really into stuff. The rings are extremely important to me.

Q: For you, what was the moment when you raelized how big this thing was going to be?
Kristen: it's grown so much, even recently. I don't know if we've ever - I've never realized the extent its gotten to. Comic Con for me was the first hit of human energy, and I knew this wasn't a normal movie. We've always approached Twilight - it felt like something very much our own. That first dose of sharing it with the fans was mind blowing.
The coolest thing about the job actually - when you like something together, you're going to like it more. I was excited that we were going places and incredibly overwhelmed.

Q: Thanks for bringing such a realism to Bella Swan. Now that Bella's a vampire, you got to do kick ass stunt work. Talk about that.
Kristen: I broke my thumb like the second day, it was a lot of fun though. I got a little taste of the stunt work when we were in Italy, physicality was so important then - then it became important again. What can I say.. I've been on the sidelines for so long, just itching to get involved as a vamp. So I was bursting to do it. And that's probably why I broke my thumb, I was overzealous.

Q: I found it so cool, as a 14 year old, that 18 year old Bella is so young to be turned into a vamp. If you could pause your life at one age, what would it be?
Kristen: I don't know - I haven't gotten to that point yet. I'm not sure, someone asked me recently and I couldn't answer it then either. I just haven't gotten to that point of wanting to pause life yet.

Q: Along those same lines, I was wondering... Bella's journey, how did it parallel with your own journey?


Kristen: Without taking any of the truth out of this.. it's all sort of general. Like I was just saying, it's about that period: "Do I go with this, or is that crazy?" I think as an adult, the answer is "absolutely." You question yourself along the way, and you should never stop doing that. You should always question, push harder. I think it gets a little easier - I definitely feel a bit more realized - a lot more actually. It was just by chance we happen to be the same age. It's a tough one because she lives so many years.



Q: How have these movies affected your film career going forward with new film choices?

Kristen: I've always - a question that I can't answer, "What can you do next?" Doesn't make any sense because it's such an outsiders perspective.Things have fallen in my lamp, I've gotten incredibly - insanely lucky. If I could keep doing that I'll be a happy girl.It's always a pretty impulsive thing. You can read a fantastic script and it may not be in you to do.



Without spoiling it: Kristen's talking about how the ending is romantic, and Bill really had his finger on it.



Q: What was it like playing a mother? Did it change how you look at your own mom?

Kristen: I think that it might be something you're born with. Some people have really really strong, natural instincts to be a mom. That was one of my favorite parts of the story from day one. There was never much about that in the story. So having Stephenie Meyer there was helpful. t didn't change much about me or view of my mother. But what better way to share vampire's animalistic nature than that. But I don't think.. I've always really felt I have a great relationship with my mom. That's just what it is. If I had an answer I would totally give it. I can't wait to be a mom... but I can wait (Laughter)


Q: What bonds have the three of you formed that 10, 20 years from now only you will understand?
Kristen: Its nice to not be alone, we're in this together. We share the movies. Another really common question is, "What's it like to walk away from this?" Generally I don't have to walk away from anything. We hold this as we move on. I think Rob and Taylor feel the same way

Q: Are you glad it's over? Finally?
Kristen: I'm so happy that the story is told, you have no idea. Usually you have five weeks, five months to look at a schedule. We had five years. So the fact that this thing is out and it's not weighing on us anymore - SUPER excited about that. Not that I'm glad it's over, I'm glad the story is now complete. It is sad, it is strange. But it's normal - things shouldn't stay. They've gotta move on.

Q: Would you be open to doing another film series?
Kristen: Yeah. It depends, it's hard to sign on to something before you know.

Q: Say they wanted you to sign on for something that's five films. Would you say yes?
Kristen: My guess is probably not, only because it's rare to find something that is this great. Never say never.

Q: What would you like to give your character for the holiday?
Kristen spent a lot of time thinking about the answer, asked the fansite ops who suggested a gift for Renesmee.

Q: Would you like to live forever?
Kristen: No.

Q: Has there ever been a question you wish the press asked you?
Kristen: No.. thankfully.



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12:40 p.m. Only Kristen Stewart remains! 
12:42 p.m. What was it like for Kristen Stewart to uncage Bella? "I was really lucky to have played human Bella for so long," she says. Vampires are an enhanced version of their personalities, so Bella got to be extra-enhanced. "If you were to take the fact that she becomes a vampire completely away, it's just a more realized version of who she's been the entire time," she says, explaining that it really represents a phase of life and that's why it touches so many people. She says people always think that Bella is nuts, but finally everything makes sense for the character. "It's really satisfying and really fun," she says, comparing playing Vampire Bella to breaking in a new car.
12:45 p.m. "I kept the rings," Stewart says of things she kept from the movie. "She's not really in to 'stuff,' so there aren't a whole lot of props," she explains.  
12:46 p.m. When did she realize how big this was going to be? "It's grown so much even recently. I never really realized to the extent that it's gotten to. Comic-Con was the first time that I was ever really hit with a wave of human energy," she remembers. Up until that point, they thought it was only for them. "I was excited and incredibly overwhelmed, admittedly. But it's the greatest part of the job to be able to share that," K-Stew says.
12:48 p.m. Somebody from a fan site thanks her for respecting them and then asks about stunts. "I broke my thumb the first or second day of our intense action-type stuff, so that was frustrating, but it was fun," she says. "I'd been on the sidelines for so long just saying, 'I think I could do that. I think I could do that pretty well,'" she says, admitting that she probably broke her thumb because she was over-zealous.
12:49 p.m. A 14-year-old reporter asks if Kristen could pause her life at any point -- vampire-style -- when would it be? "I'm not there yet, so I don't know... I can't wait to get to that point," she says.
12:50 p.m. How did Bella's journey parallel Kristen's journey? "Without taking any of the truth out of this, it's so sorta general," she says, meaning "universal." "You question yourself along the way constantly and I don't think you should ever stop doing that necessarily," she says. "I definitely feel a little bit more realized. A lot more actually. I think that by chance we happen to be the same age. It's a tough one, because she lives so many years in such a tight little period of time," she says. "I think I've grown up a little bit. I don't know."
12:52 p.m. And how about the effect the movies have had on her career choices? She doesn't know what her dream role is or where she sees herself going next. She doesn't like viewing herself as an outsider would. She doesn't like responding to other people's perspective. "Things have fallen in my life and I've gotten incredibly, insanely lucky," she says. "It's always a pretty impulsive thing," she says of her choice. She doesn't think of herself as playing "characters." The process for her is finding characters she responds to, which she admits is why some of her characters have been similar, but now she's ready to dig deeper and she's hoping to shock herself.
12:55 p.m. A reporter asks something about the end of the movie, the cumulative aspect at the end of the movie. She doesn't want to discuss it for obvious reasons. "It's crazy. It's so crazy. You typically just don't get that opportunity to look back," she says. "[Bill] understood, really put his finger on what drives this thing. He wasn't shying away from anything... sappy. This thing is romantic. It's what is attractive about it," she says. She praises Bill for not trying to be "cool" about the emotional cap, which she also describes as "a nice little knife-twist" that it's over.
12:56 p.m. What was it like for Kristen to play a mom?  "It might be something that you're born with or not born with. Some people have really strong natural instincts," she says. "There was never enough about that in the script for me," Stewart says, praising Stephanie Meyer for being on set and helping bring that side to the character. She ties the relationship to the animalistic nature that vampires have already. "I have a great relationship with my mom and she can be a bit feral when it comes to being a mom," she says. "I can't wait to be a mom... but I can wait," she says.
12:58 p.m. Stewart's asked about the bonds between her and Rob and Taylor. "It's nice to not be alone in that, I guess," she says. "There are a lot of people who are exceeding famous, but we share the movies." "I wouldn't have done it in the first place unless it was something I was always going to carry and I think they feel the same way," she says. "There a lot of exceedingly famous people and they all get it," she closes.
1:00 p.m. But is she happy this is over? "I'm so happy that the story is told. You have no idea," she says. She's super-excited that the story has been told. "It's a feeling and I will definitely miss that, but again, I feel like it's not going anyway," she says of being a part of this. "It's normal. Things shouldn't say stagnant. You've gotta move on." She's also constantly asked about explaining the phenomenon, which she can't do. "I would just phenomenon every single day if I knew the equation," she cracks.
1:02 p.m. Would she sign on for another franchise up-front? "My guess is probably not, but I think it's just really rare to find something that lends itself to that," says Stewart, who has never been a huge fan of any comic book or ongoing series. "Never say never," she closes.
1:03 p.m. Ugh. What would K-Stew give Bella for the holidays? "Old Bella. What do you want for Christmas, girl?" Stewart muses. Much hemming and hawing. "You guys? What would you give her for Christmas? See? She's just not that into stuff. In fact... hates presents," she says.
1:06 p.m. Which of Bella's powers would she like to have or to have experienced? Running really fast. The treadmill just wasn't enough. Would she like to live forever? "No."
1:05 p.m. Is there any question that she hasn't been asked that she wished she'd been asked? "Nope," she says. "What do I desperate want to let out right now? Nope," she says.
1:06 p.m. She didn't buy herself anything to celebrate getting this role. In fact, she finds the idea that an actor would do something like that, "the weirdest thing ever."

Robert Pattinson



Transcript
Question: Having done five of these films now, do you have any perspective on what this franchise means to the fans?
ROB PATTINSON:
 It’s funny, people were asking me how I’d feel when it all ends, on the first movie, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt more completely bewildered, knowing that I only have a month of Twilight stuff left to do. I don’t know. I’ve said, I think since the second one, that it’s going to take 10 years to really settle in my brain, and I’m four years into it. But, I don’t think there is any analysis. I don’t think anyone knows why people like it. I don’t think even the fans know why they connect with it the way they do. It’s a visceral thing. I don’t even know if Stephenie [Meyer] could tell you why she was so fixated on this very, very contained story about these very obsessive characters. It’s just an anomaly. That’s a terrible answer. I don’t know.

If you could go back five years, what kind of advice would you give yourself to prepare you for this entire experience?
PATTINSON: 
Start drinking vodka instead of beer, and try to get a six-pack as early as possible because you’ll be a much more successful actor. I don’t know. It’s fun to deal with the terror and the huge highs and lows of things. We’re still getting massive surprises, anytime there’s any Twilight-related event or anything. I remember, with the third movie, when we went to Munich and the entire Olympic stadium was filled with fans. We walked in there and did nothing. There was supposed to be a Q&A, but me, Kristen [Stewart] and Taylor [Lautner] stood in the middle of the Olympic stadium with 30,000 people just screaming for 15 minutes. It’s absolutely bizarre! There’s no way you can ever compute it.

When you think of forever, what things come to mind for you?
PATTINSON: 
Death. What is forever? God, I don’t know. Hope, I guess. That’s a difficult question. I don’t know. Lots of things.

What was your last moment of being Edward Cullen like?
PATTINSON
: It was hilarious, considering we’d spent the entire series filming in the most miserable conditions, and then we ended on the beach in the Caribbean, filming for two days in the sea. That was fun. We literally did the last shot, as the sun was coming up in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. It was a nice way to end it ‘cause they were considering shooting it in the sea in Vancouver, which would not have worked at all.

Were you sad to let the character go?
PATTINSON:
 Yeah. It was very, very strange. I still had the same frustration with trying to play it, the entire way through, right up until the last shot. It’s a strange part because, on one hand, a lot of the audience projects their idea of Edward onto him. It doesn’t matter what he is. They want him to be a certain way. And then, my instincts to try to play it were to try to find the fallibility in him and the weaknesses. You’re trying to play both these things at the same time and it becomes very strange. You’re trying to play someone who’s seen by a lot of people as this perfect thing, but what is that? That doesn’t mean anything. So, you’re trying to play an archetype on one hand and a character on the other, so I felt insanely frustrated, right up until the last shot, and then it ended.

What was the most difficult thing to leave behind, with this character, and what were you glad to leave behind?
PATTINSON:
 There’s a thing, in general, about doing any kind of series, especially when the characters remain the same, to go back and try to improve whatever you did in the last movie, which never happens. That work ethic is nice. You feel quite strangely secure. It’s the opposite of how you’re supposed to feel doing a movie. It’s supposed to feel totally foreign, every single time. But, going back for another go at it is good, on one hand, but it’s also bad, on another hand. Your ideas dry up sometimes, and you get lazy sometimes ‘cause you’re around the same people. That was the good thing about having different directors. You had to stay on your toes. What was the worst thing? Playing the part where you can’t get hurt and you can’t die gives you no framework. There are too many possibilities, if you can’t die. If you’re playing a normal human being, there’s always that.

How do you see the success of this franchise affecting your career, 10 or 15 years from now?
PATTINSON:
 I don’t know. People ask me if I’m afraid of getting typecast, but you can’t be afraid of that. It’s really not up to you. I’m getting other parts that aren’t vampires. I don’t know if people will accept me in them, or whatever, but there’s really nothing to be afraid of. But, in 15 years, I have no idea. I don’t know how people will remember this series, at all. It’s crazy how intense people are. The fan base is still five years on, and I don’t know how long it’s going to last. It would be insane, if there’s still the same tenacity in 15 years.

Is there any moment, in particular, during the entire Twilight experience that you would like to relieve?
PATTINSON:
 The whole first movie was pretty fun. I had never really done a movie like it, when there’s such a big cast of people that are around about the same age. Everyone didn’t really know what was going to happen with the movie, but there was a good energy. There was something which people were fighting for, in a way. They wanted it to be something special. None of us were really known then, as well. It felt like a big deal, at the time. It was really exciting, doing the first one, and the whole year afterwards was an exciting year.

Are you concerned about maintaining this same level of success, throughout your career?
PATTINSON:
 Well, I don’t know. If I could get any semblance of, not really anonymity, but control over my public image, that would be nice. But no, I think it’s impossible [to maintain that], for one thing. I don’t think anyone can do that, apart from Denzel Washington. It’s a strange place that the film industry is at, where you can just play superhero after superhero. That seems to be the only guaranteed big-money thing. I don’t know. It’s not necessarily that satisfying getting monetary success, but sometimes it keeps the door open to make what you want to make. Other times, you can make five massive hits in a row and still not get cast by the directors you want to work with, doing little movies. There are no guarantees. I’m trying to sign up and do movies that I’ll be proud of, if it’s my last one. That’s how I think about it.

At the end of the day, are you glad this is all over?
PATTINSON: 
In some ways. After the first one, people started referring to it as a franchise, but a franchise is a Burger King or a Subway. It’s not a movie. The people who start to say it are generally the people who are making money off of it. They love it when something becomes a franchise. But, as an actor, I think it’s scary. You really, really feel like you have no control. It’s a huge juggernaut, especially when something becomes part of the cultural landscape, as well. It’s really scary ‘cause you get trapped and you get scared of changing, which is the worst thing that can happen, if you want to be any kind of artist.

Are you more famous in the U.K. than you are here?
PATTINSON:
 I don’t know, actually. I used to be able to be in England and just be fine. No one had any idea who I was. It came later in England. Now, it’s relatively similar. I get a lot more abuse in England. That’s just a general English attitude. I did the same thing to famous people. It’s just your instinct.

How was it to step into the father role?
PATTINSON:
 I actually quite like working with kids and I like working with animals, which everybody says you shouldn’t do. It makes you feel like you’re not acting, as soon as you have someone who’s providing stuff to react to. Especially working with a baby is great. I would say, put a baby in every scene. You can put a dog in a scene and everyone’s going to be better, I guarantee it. And if they’re not better, just shoot the dog. But, it was fun.

What’s your favorite vampire movie?
PATTINSON: 
I really like Blade. I wish people would make hard R-rated fantasy movies again. It’s completely irrelevant, but people should do that more. I haven’t seen that many vampire things. It’s always been strange to me that someone can say they’re a vampire fan. I’m not a non-fan, but it’s such an unusual thing to be a fan of. That’s like saying, “I love zombie movies! I just love ‘em! They’re my favorite!” That’s more of a psychological problem than being an actual fan.

The lore of the vampires is much more present in this film. Which new character did you like the most?
PATTINSON
: I like Benjamin. Rami [Malek] plays him. Mainly ‘cause he’s a great actor. He only had a couple of scenes in it. It was nice having actors who came in and were really, really enthusiastic. They were like, “This is a big deal, being in a Twilight movie! I’ve got these fives lines, and I’m going to own them!” Bill [Condon] got some great people.

What were your first impressions of Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, when you met them, back at the beginning of this whole thing?
PATTINSON: 
I met Taylor on the movie, I think, when he was wearing his wig and stuff. I met Kristen at the audition. I’m still just trying to come to terms with acknowledging being an actor, at all. Taylor was like 15 when I met him. When I did Harry Potter, I remember looking at Dan [Radcliffe], Rupert [Grint] and Emma [Watson] and being like, “Those guys are actors.” I was starstruck by them. And I was starstruck by these guys, when I met them, even though I’d only seen Kristen in a few thing. I’ve always had this separation. It’s funny to see people get humanized. With Dan, Rupert and Emma, I still see them as that. I was with them for 11 months and I still see them as massively famous people. It’s strange to have gone through the same experience with Taylor and Kristen, as well, and to see people retain their sanity, as much as possible. I’ve seen a lot of people have minor amounts of fame and just lose their minds completely, after a casting announcement, let alone having done a movie. It’s amazing to see that people manage to maintain.

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12:08 p.m. There he is. He's looking rather dapper with a suit (no tie) and his hair properly gelled.

12:09 p.m. What perspective does Pattinson have on the whole spectacle? People have asked him from the beginning and he doesn't know. "I don't think I've ever felt more completely bewildered knowing that I only have a month of 'Twilight' stuff," Pattinson says. He expects it to take 10 years. "I don't think even the fans know why they connect with it the way they do. I think it's a visceral thing. I don't think Stephenie could tell you why she was fixated on this very contained story," he says. "I don't know," is his final answer.

12:10 p.m. If he could go back and give himself advice what would it be? "Start drinking vodka instead of beer. Try and get a six-pack as early as possible and you'll be a much more successful actor," he jokes. "We're still getting massive surprises any time you have any sort of 'Twilight'-related events," he admits, recalling a massive venue at Munich's Olympic stadium. "IT's absolutely bizarre. There's no way you can ever compute it," he says.

12:12 p.m. What does "forever" mean to Pattinson? "Ummm... Death?" he jokes. "Hope, I guess? That's kinda a different question," he says. He really doesn't have an answer, but he laughs amiably while stalling.

12:13 p.m. What was his last scene as Edward Cullen? And his favorite fan moment? "It was hilarious considering we spent the entire series filming in the most miserable conditions and then we end on a beach in the Caribbean filming two scenes in the sea," Pattinson says. "They were considering shooting it in the sea in Vancouver, which would not have worked at all," he laughs.

12:14 p.m. He says the part is strange because so much of the audience attempts to project idealism onto the character, but he's always wanted to accentuate the "fallibility and weaknesses." "You're trying to play an archetype on one hand and a character on the other," he says, explaining his frustrations with Edward.

12:15 p.m. What was easiest and hardest to leave behind about Edward? He says he liked being about to keep improving the character across a series. "You feel strangely secure. It's the opposite of how you're supposed to feel doing a movie. It's supposed to feel totally foreign each time," he reflects. He admits there's a tendency towards laziness, but having different directors has kept him on his tone. "Playing a part where you can't get hurt and you can't die, because there's no framework. There's too many possibilities if you can't die," he says of the worst thing.

12:17 p.m. He doesn't know how this will impact him 10 or 15 years down the road. "It's really not up to you. I'm getting other parts that aren't vampires. I don't know if people will accept me in them or whatever, but there's really nothing to be afraid of," of typecasting. "I don't know how people will remember the series at all," Pattinson says of the fanbase in 15 years.

12:18 p.m. Would he like to relive anything? "The whole first movie was pretty fun," he says, recalling everybody's relative inexperience, which led to "a really good energy." "None of us were really known then, as well, so it felt like a big deal at the time. It was exciting. It was really exciting the first one."

12:19 p.m. Is he worried about maintaining this level of success? "If I had a little bit more control over my public image, I guess, that would be nice," he says, not quite answering the question. "No. I think it's impossible, for one thing. I don't think anyone can do that, apart from Denzel Washington," he says. "It's a strange place where the film industry's at. I guess you could just play superhero after superhero, but that seems to be the only guaranteed, big money thing," he notes. Pattinson isn't sure that would be satisfying. "There are no guarantees, so I'm kinda signing up to do movies that I would be proud of if it were my last one," he says.

12:21 p.m. At the end of the day, is he glad it's over? "In some ways?" He stutters. "As soon as something start referring to something as a franchise, a franchise is a Burger King or a Subway," he reflects. "You have no control. It's a huge juggernaut, especially when something becomes part of the cultural landscape. It's really scary. You get trapped and you get scared of changing, which is the worst thing that can happen if you want to become any type of artist," he says.

12:23 p.m. "I get a lot more abuse in England," Pattinson says of his varying level of fame.

12:24 p.m. "I think working with kids and I like working with animals, which is what everybody says you shouldn't do," Pattinson says of working with Mackenzie Foy. "They got some good baby actors," he adds.

12:24 p.m. Which new character did he most like? And what's his favorite vampire show or movie? "I like 'Blade.' I really like 'Blade,'" Pattinson says, yearning for more hard-R-rated films like that. Among the new characters, he liked Benjamin and Rami Malek. He praises the actors who came in thinking it was a big deal and bringing enthusiasm to the set. He returns to the second part of the question, though he says he isn't necessarily a vampire fan. He's not a non-fan but he says.

12:27 p.m. Does he remember his first meeting with Kristen and with Taylor? He also isn't sure when he first met Taylor, but he met Kristen at the audition. He remembers doing the "Harry Potter" movie and being impressed with the younger stars. He says he was star-struck when he met Kristen and even Taylor. "I still seem them as massively famous people. It's strange to have gone through the same experience with Taylor and Kristen as well," he says. He's seen people lose their mind over minor fame and he finds it amazing how well the cast has maintained perspective.

Hypable
Q: Now you have a sense of completition, five films out of four books. I'm curious.. are you allowing yourself any perspective? Do you see the value of all this?
Rob: 
It's funny, people are asking me how I'd feel when it all ends when we were promo-ing the first movie. I've never felt more bewildered, knowing we only have a month let of Twilight stuff to do. i've said since the second one it's going to take ten years to settle into my brain. I don't think anyone knows why they connect with it the way they do. I don't even know if Stephenie knows why she was so fixated on this very very contained story.

Q:: If you could go back in time five years, what kind of advice would you give yourself then to prepare what would happen in the next five years?
Rob:
 Start drinkign vodka instead of beer. And try to get a six pack (abs) as early as possible, and you'll be a much more successful actor.

Rob: It's kind of fun to deal with the terror and the huge highs and lows of things. I've never known - I'm still getting massive surprises any time we have a Twilight related event. When we went to Munich for the third movie, the entire olympic stadium was packed with 30k people screaming.

Q: This words keyword is "forever" - what is this in regards to?
Rob:
 Death? (laughs) No. Hope? That's a difficult question

Q: What was your last scene for the films? and favorite fan encounter?
Rob: 
It was hilarious because we spent the entire series filming the most miserable conditions, then we end filming in St. Thomas. We did the last shot as the sun was coming up - it was amazing. It was a nice way to end it. We were considering shooting it in the sea in Vancouver which would have not worked at all (laughter)

Q: Were you sad to let Edward go?
Rob:
 Yeah, it's very strange. The entire way through - up to the last shot - it's a strange part because on one hand you have to have a lot of the audience project their idea of Edward. It doesn't matter what I do sometimes, the fans want him a certain way. Then there are my instincts to find the fallibility and weaknesses in him. So you're trying to play both these things at the same time. You're trying to play someone who's seen as playing this perfect thing.

Q: Whws mostdifficult thing to leave behind? And whatas best thing to leave behind?
Rob:
 It was great to have multiple films to get used to and get into the character. It's good to have multiple chances. It's bad on the other hand because your ideas dry up sometimes and you get lazy sometimes because you're around the same people. That was the good thing about having different directors, so you could stay on your toes.

Q: This has obviously opened a lot of doors for you. How do you see it impacting your career ten, fifteen years down the road?
Rob:
 I don't know - people ask if I'm afraid of getting typecast, but you can't be afraid of it. It's not up to you. I'm getting parts where I don't play a vampire. I don't know if people will accept me in them, but there's really nothing to be afraid of it. But yeah, I have no idea in fifteen years - I don't know how people will remember this series at all. It's crazy how intense people are about this series. So I'm not sure how that will last, if there will be that tenacity in fifteen years.

Q: Was there any moment during filming that you'dl ike to relive and why?
Rob:
 The whole first movie was pretty fun. There was a good energy, people were fighting for it because they believed in it (the first film). So it felt like a big deal. It was really exciting, the first one. And the whole year afterwards.

Q: This franchise has given you a lot of success. Are you hoping to maintain that level of success as you go forward?
Rob:
 Well, I don't know. If I could get any semblance, any more control, of m public image - that would be nice. No, it's impossible to maintain this level of success apart from Denzel Washington (laughter). It's a strange place where the film industry is at, where you could just play super hero after super hero. That seems to be the only guaranteed big money thing.

Q: At the end of the day, are you glad it's over?
Rob:
 in some ways. As soon as someone refers to these movies as a franchise - a franchise is a Burger King, a Subway - the big guys love it when something like this becomes a franchise. As an actor, it's scary. You really feel like you have no control. It's a huge machine and it becomes part of the cultural landscape. It's scary because you get trapped and you get scared of changing. And that's the worst thing that can happen.

Q: Are you more famous in the UK than you are here? and if so, how?
Rob:
 I don't know actually. I used to be able to be in England out in public and be fine - it came out in the U.S. first. I get a lot more abuse in England. That's kind of just the general English attitude. It's just your instinct (laughter)

Q: You looked like a natural stepping into the father role?
Rob: 
I quite like working with kids and animals, which everyone says you shouldn't do. Because it makes you feel like you're not acting - someone who's just providing stuff to react to. Especially working with a baby. It's great. I would say, but a dog or a baby in every scene - everything's gonna be better. And if they're not, just shoot the dog (laughter). They've got some good baby actors.

Q: and by shoot the dog, you mean...
Rob:
 Either way! (laughter)

Q: Do you watch any vampire films/shows?
Rob:
 I really like Blade. My favorite character in the new ones.. I like.. I Benjamin (the actor in BD 2). It was nice having actors who came in and were really enthusiastic. They were so excited about even five lines. I haven't seen that many vampire films/shows. I'm not a non fan, but it's an unusual thing to be a fan of. It's like, "I love zombie movies. I love zombies. I just love them." It's more of a psychological problem. (laughter)

Q: Do you remember back i 2008 the first time you met Kristen and Taylor? I don't mean to throw Taylor under the bus but he says he can't remember meeting you.
Rob:
 Gee I don't remember meeting him either. I met him when he was wearing his wig and stuff. I met Kristen at the Twilight audition. My impressions of them... I'm still just trying to come with terms of acknowledging being an actor at all. When I did Harry Potter, I remember looking at Dan, Rupert, and Emma and being like "Wow, those guys are actors" I was starstruck and I wanted to be one too. I was starstruck by Kristen too when we first met. With Dan, Rupert, and Emma, I still see them as massively famous people. It's strange to have gone through the same experience with Taylor and Kristen as well. It's massive.
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