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Kristen Stewart on Twilight

Published November 24, 2008 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Summit Entertainment
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Twilight already has millions of fans of the novel eager to see the movie version. Kristen Stewart, who stars as the leading lady Bella, thinks that nonreaders will enjoy the movie just as much.

Kristen Stewart is Twilight's Bella

"They don't get to see something that has been in their dreams come to life but it's the same story," said Stewart. "We didn't stray from the book. For some reason, and I don’t really know why, and I don't know if the movie does it but what I got from the book is it's a really dire, wrenching story because it's not an easy love. It's really quite impossible. It's self-reflective, to deal with the thought of living forever. Maybe just about how girls feel about themselves, it's powerful. It's just a powerful movie and besides all the moral aspects, all the things you could take from it and be like oh, I've learned from this movie, it's just quite engaging I think."

Bella falls for the town vampire, despite his insistence that he's a bad guy. "The vampire in her story is entirely damaged. Bella wears the pants in the relationship. She is the surefooted confident one. She is naïve to the world of vampires and everything like that but she's not doing it for him. I mean, it takes a lot of power and a lot of strength to subject yourself to somebody completely and to give up the power and it has to start there. You'd be scrambling for it if you needed it, but the fact that she is that, the fact that she is so trusting of herself really has nothing to do with Edward and giving herself to him and just being this sort of weak damsel in distress. It's very courageous what she's doing. She's believing whatever is inside of her. It's strong enough to drive her to do anything. It's a very personal thing she's going through. It has nothing really to do with Edward."

Sound familiar, ladies? "It sort of represents everything that you go through when you are at that age when everything is like entirely heightened for some reason. I mean, what he wants to do is rip her apart and eat her. She feels like he's just looking at her like this devil, and that could be some girl projecting on somebody. Because it's a firsthand narrative, how you experience the story, it's very detail oriented in terms of what she's thinking at every second, it can really be mistaken for all a fantasy and she's just reading into things. Also with Rob's character and the fact that he's not this perfect man, this perfect vampire, confident ideological idea of this dude, the vampire thing could be anything hanging over him. The fact that he's a vampire is really difficult and really impossible but it could be something else, so yeah, I think it is representative of that."

Landing the role of Bella has hardly made Stewart the most popular girl in school. All the female Twilight fans only care about Edward. "We've done a couple autograph signings at book stores and stuff like that. When you get to see 150 of them all walking by at the same time, and you get to see them individually one by one, I love it when they come by looking at me with like disdain, like they just want to… or at least get across like, 'There's nothing special. I know oh, you're sitting behind your little autograph table like you're something special but your not. All I'm here for is his autograph." I'm like yeah, I know, it's perfectly fine. I get it. Just go. Other than that, I've really not had any."

Twilight is out in theaters now.

For the trailers, posters, stills, review and more movie info, go to the Twilight Movie Page.

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