MSN sat down with Kristen during the press junket in Los Angeles
We can’t talk too much about this, but there’s a great cliffhanger at the end of this — when you read the script were you frantically going ‘Where’s the next page?’ You know what happens next, but could you believe that that was where they were choosing to end it?
Stewart: That’s where I wanted to end it. It’s such a natural break, so I was really happy that there were no more words at the end of the script. I was like ‘Yes, perfect. That’s exactly right.’ I think it ends in the best way.
In the second and third films, there’s a lot of this over-arching plot and conspiracy. This film really gets back to the relationship between Edward and Bella in this great interesting way. Was that gratifying as well to sort of return to the heart of the story?
Stewart: Yeah, that’s what I keep saying Bill (Condon, director) did, is he really had his finger on the pulse of it. The thing is in ‘Eclipse,’ we’re all supposed to be sort of disconnected. In this it’s the first time you don’t think that (Edward and Bella) are possibly going to break up. That’s not the conflict in the movie. There are other conflicts now. I don’t know, there’s like this weird sense of clarity. Bill’s also not afraid of being really sincere, and sometimes sentimental when that’s what it is in the books. What affects you in real life is really sentimental sometimes. I mean it’s easy with this to go, ‘Well, we can’t make it corny,’ and its not. That was the part that hits, and I think that’s why it has the heart, because Bill wasn’t afraid of it.
In a lot of ways, this is a movie that could only be made by someone who made ‘Dreamgirls,’ ‘Gods and Monsters’ and ‘Candyman 2.’ Do you find its interesting balancing the sex, the romance, the horror, and the slight edge of terror in all of this, or do you just play what’s on the page and that delicate balance comes out of the script?
Stewart: No, I think it was that (Condon) wasn’t afraid of anything. Parts are genuinely frightening as well, and I look dead. I wasn’t expecting him to push it that far. It’s funny that he has both, its funny that he has a beating heart in one hand and he’s definitely able to be really raw and kind of grotesque sometimes. When the beautiful bits poke out of that, they shine even brighter. I’m glad we weren’t afraid to make it gritty.
Edgar Allen Poe has this line about how the most poetic thing in the world is the death of a beautiful young woman. When you’re looking at footage of you mock-dead, do you get a little freaked out or do you think, ‘I look really good. I feel sad about me, too?’
Stewart: I’m looking at her going, ‘A nice out of body experience babe, hell, yeah.’ No I think it is weird to see dead me. I also don’t like having another me existing. I walked into the room and was like, ‘Hey watch it. You’re a little too similar to me.’ I don’t like the feeling.
The fully body replica kind of got to you a little bit?
Stewart: Yeah, its like ‘Hey, quit copying me,’ you know what I mean?