Another era has passed, and the one we’re referring to pertains to the Twilight series. Not all of us at the San Diego Comic-Con favor the series, but it has made a rather large impact on the convention itself. Now Summit Entertainment brings us The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, the final installment of the widely popular supernatural love story. We’ll see Bella duke it out against the Volturi in order to protect her newborn and rapidly growing daughter Renesmee. The battle is going to be one that’ll have plenty of Twilight fans squealing in their seats with delight.
During the press conference, we got the chance to speak with author Stephenie Meyer and actors Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. They talk about separating themselves from this franchise now that it’s over, what changes the characters go through during the sequel and how the vampire sex scenes will work onscreen.
Is this the movie where Edward and Jacob become friends, or even learn to love each other as family?
Robert Pattinson: I sacrifice my daughter for him, yeah.
Taylor Lautner: That is love.
Robert Pattinson: That’s true. Thankfully this one is a love story. [inaudible]…
Taylor Lautner: I know, I know. I learned that the hard way. I think it is a little bit different, the relationship between all three of us because it kind of has always been this complicated triangle and now it’s like a square. But it’s become much less complicated.
How has this last time at Comic-Con all together been for you?
Kristen Stewart: Yeah, it’s funny. We got to do it for four years, and I put everything that I have into it and I can say the same for these guys. When you do that, even though it is a total bummer to walk away I look on it so fondly that I hold it. It’s something that I will always have. I’m really thankful for that.
Stephenie Meyer: The question was about your lives changing, and I imagine that on a daily basis it’s a lot more annoying than positive, and so that was the apology, because I’m sure it must be pretty annoying, right, everyday? Sometimes?
Robert Pattinson: Various things, but not really to do with other people.
How have you all come out of this experience feeling different than when you went in?
Robert Stewart: I think you start the project and you finish it, it’s this really charged experience and it’s almost too much and that’s the only way that’s right and true. I feel very challenged even though I wouldn’t…if suddenly Stephenie wrote another book I’d be like, ‘Okay, let me read it immediately.’ I think if I could just keep that feeling. I know that I’ll find that with other experiences. How did change me? I don’t know. Maybe it just affirmed for me why I like to do what I do. You don’t always have to just do an indie movie to feel like you’re [inaudible]…people that you’re kind of connected with creatively. You can do it on a bigger scale. Maybe it’s changed my mind about that, a little, but as a person, I could never ever begin to answer that. It’s so loaded.
Do you remember your first impressions of each other when you met all those years ago and what you thought of each other, and Stephenie, too, the first time you saw them?
Stephenie Meyer: Well, for me, the first time that I saw them was pretty memorable because I was meeting them for a cast dinner. They were coming from a shoot in costume. So, the first time that I met them they were all dressed up as my imaginary friends and it was one of the most bizarre experiences of my life. But it was so cool to see everybody, like, ‘This is what they look like. This is real.’ I kind of wanted to touch them. It was really, really cool and it was exciting because they all looked awesome and I was so excited to start working with them.
Kristen Stewart: I liked his pants.
Robert Pattinson: What were the pants?
Kristen Stewart: Taylor. It’s so strange, you were a kid when I met you. So, the first time I met you was like, ‘Really?’ I knew with both them, it’s hard to say in interviews because I find myself that I can’t define it, but sometimes you meet people in your life and you think, ‘We should make stuff together. We’ll do good. Let’s utilize whatever this energy is that passes between us. Let’s do it,’ and I had that with both of them.
What was the one new thing that you learned about each other on this film?
Stephenie Meyer: It’s hard to find something new after that long. The one thing that was new for me was seeing Kristen for the first time in the new Bella, and that was amazing. That was a really cool thing to discover about her. Everybody else was just the same though.
Taylor Lautner: Yeah. We were all boring. Kristen was…I’ll talk about that for a second. Kristen has done such a good job over this whole franchise of playing the old Bella. She’s always this perfect, awkward, clumsy, relatable [character], and now she’s all of a sudden just transformed herself into this sleek, sexy vampire, and it’s a completely different person. It was very impressive for me to see and I think that the fans are going to be blown away as well.
Stephenie Meyer: Honestly, getting to see Bella so powerful was like a dream for me. It was amazing.
Kristen Stewart: You’re feeling like, ‘Wow, I am a sports car. Let’s break it in.’ It was so cool, and like the first time…it’s always been my favorite, especially in the book, my favorite part, like, ‘Break her in, man. Let’s see what she can do.’
Can you talk about becoming the most famous vampires in the world and also became the sexiest person in the world, Robert. Are there any similarities between you and Edward?
Robert Pattinson: I don’t know. I really can’t tell anymore. After the first…I remember meeting you the first time and arguing with you tons about –
Stephenie Meyer: Yeah, he sat there and argued with me about what Edward thinks and feels. It was amazing. It was awesome.
Robert Pattinson: But then after you’ve done, like, three movies you kind of get to the point where there’s an instinctive understanding of it and you don’t really know where you end and the character begins after a while. So, I don’t know. There are certain things where you don’t know if it’s you thinking because I’ve spent so much time in Vancouver going, ‘Edward wouldn’t do that,’ and if someone asked you why, you wouldn’t know why and you say, ‘Because I wouldn’t do it.’
There’s already been talk about rebooting the ‘Twilight’ franchise even though the last movie hasn’t come out. What are your thoughts about that, and for the actors, how would you feel about seeing other actors step into the roles you made iconic?
Robert Pattinson: I think it’d be amazing. I would love to see that.
Taylor Lautner: It’d be interesting, for sure.
Robert Pattinson: I would rip them. I pity the person who takes over. I would make a campaign against them.
Kristen Stewart: It’s the same with what’s really great about this, the reason turning that last page is what it is, it’s because you just have a faith that it’s done. It’s like, ‘Okay, they can have it now.’ I feel like, and maybe this is a very [inaudible] perspective since I played her, but if anything else happened, I swear to God, please leave them alone. They’ve figured it out. Leave them. And I think that by the end of the movies it’s so satisfying and sweet and ideal. It just feels good. They should end, but sad. I’m saying, too, I’d be equally curious to see what the idea was.
Stephenie Meyer: It would be really interesting in twenty years, but I do pity the person who tries to step into these roles because that’s going to be really hard and not going to go well for them I’d imagine. This is what is loved and it wouldn’t the same. It’d be interesting, but it would be so hard. That would be the hardest part.
Robert Pattinson: What would you write if you wrote a sequel?
Stephenie Meyer: A next one? Bella’s story is definitely told. Like you said, it’s final. Back in the day when I was never going to stop writing about vampires there was a reason why this lovely lady was created. It’s funny because I’ve heard things like, ‘Oh, I just want Bella to have a baby.’ No. I was creating the narrator. That’s who she is. Twenty years, yeah, down the road.
Taylor Lautner: What do you think about Edward and Bella get divorced? It’s a kind of a Mr. and Mrs. Smith thing.
Stephenie Meyer: Who comes out of that alive? Because someone is going to die, right?
Kristen Stewart: I’d completely blow your head off.
Stephenie Meyer: Yeah. I think my money is on Bella.
Rob, can you compare your Comic-Con experience from when you started to now?
Robert Pattinson: Definitely, the first film was genuinely frightening because I had never experienced – I don’t think any of us had – a kind of crowd that large. It’s strange, but then you get used to it surprisingly quickly. It’s weird. You have a persona that develops in front of a bunch of people and it’s different with specifically Twilight, as well. There’s a certain mood that comes out. I think this is fun because Comic-Con, when you have six thousand people it’s kind of like one of the big premieres, like the one in L.A. where there’s ten thousand people or something. But that’s just walking around in a haze with people screaming at you, but this, there is actually some kind of element of show. There is a back and forth a little bit, and so it’s way more fun. When you turn up to a premiere it’s doing exercise really, but this is really doing something. It’s a game.
Everyone knows how the film goes because they’ve read the novel. What do you think the film adds in terms of drama and emotion to compliment the books?
Stephenie Meyer: Bill Condon is really great with finding the human emotion in the middle of fantastic events. I think he did that brilliantly in the first movie. He really made you feel the human relationships and I think that carries through. He does a really excellent job of that.
Kristen Stewart: I hope this doesn’t like – I don’t know – really arrogant, but we do really cool things with the ending and I think that people already know that, possibly, as well which is kind of a bummer, but I think Bill was the perfect person to direct the fourth one, even though it’s two movies. [inaudible]…Bella is a vampire and the human aspects, they’re gone now. It’s always been something that’s rooted in story and I was nervous going into this because now that she’s a vampire as well it might just seem a little bit hard to grasp because there’s got to be something that you can hold. He totally did it, I think. We did it. Also, I think that fans can expect something very, very emotional, like a bit of a wrap up. I’ve seen it four times and I cried and cried. It’s so cool.
Has being so identified with the Twilight franchise been a burden at all, or did it help you get into other projects?
Kristen Stewart: Yeah, it suddenly, astonishingly becomes…like the access that we all have is ridiculous. It’s the hugest compliment, especially for fans of the books that call me the ‘Twilight’ girl and mean it. That is the biggest compliment. I’m like, ‘Please, pigeonhole me.’ That means that I did it right. If somebody who’s obsessed with these books and movies, if they always say, ‘God, it’s kind of weird for me to watch [inaudible],’ like, great. Perfect. That’s a compliment. It’s thrown me into the greatest position I could ever possibly think. The access and the challenge that we have ahead of us, you couldn’t ask for that. Challenge is one of my favorite things in life. Now I’m allowed to challenge myself the way that I want to rather than falling into things. It’s awesome.
There was so much hype about the sex scenes in earlier movies. What can you say about the vampire sex scenes, Kristen?
Kristen Stewart: It’s a tricky thing. I think how do you have…we’re supposed to have mind boggling, otherworldly…in ‘Breaking Dawn 1,’ and this is weird, it was sweet. Nothing about this series is raunchy, and I know that…but in the second one we just wanted to be animals because we’re not human anymore. How do you do that? We tried and they told us that it was rated R. So, yeah, I’m going to stop.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II will be released in theaters everywhere on November 16th.