By Fred Topel | Images property of Summit Entertainment
The Twilight Saga: New Moon has Kristen Stewart’s most difficult scenes in the entire Twilight saga. When Edward breaks up with her, Bella has a total breakdown. It leaves her in bed writhing in emotional agony.
Kristen Stewart Talks New Moon
“I don't know how to explain how I did it,” Stewart said. “It was just about talking. I don't know. It was just about talking to [director Chris Weitz] and reading the book and I had no other actors play off. I mean, the breakup scene I feel that I did with Rob, that's not where it happens yet. That's not what I was intimidated by. That was still, like she doesn't even believe it yet. It's when he goes, the absence of him that I was scared of. I was like, 'How am I going to by myself in the woods with a hundred guys standing around me, filming me, die?' Basically, literally having the equivalent of like a death scene but stay alive and get up and keep walking. It was hard. It was really intimidating. I still don't know if. I've seen the movie. I really like the movie but I don’t know if anyone ever really would've been able to bring that to life the way that Stephenie [Meyer] writes it. I had a really good time on this movie. It was really intense. Just because of the nature of the story, it goes in a completely different direction.”
Weitz was the new addition to New Moon after Catherine Hardwicke was dismissed by Summit. “Chris has everything. I think to be a good director you have to be a good person and you have to care about people. I don’t know a more compassionate human being. I couldn't have done this unless I had such a believable environment, a comfortable and safe environment to be so vulnerable in. He provided that tenfold. He's one of the coolest guys, one of the smartest and funniest guys I know. He really loves the project as well. He wasn't just jumping on the next big thing. So it wasn't about breaking him in at all. He only helped make everything better. Helped, he made everything what it is. He's incredible. I love him.”
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Chris Weitz imprint on New Moon will be noticeable to viewers of each film. That extended behind the scenes as well. “Chris did a very different thing that I've never had a director do. He put together, it's like a syllabus almost of what we were supposed to achieve and how he was going to make it easier for everyone, sort of an introduction to how he likes to work. It didn't only introduce the idea of collaboration, it was like inviting everyone onto this project and saying, 'Please, everyone love it, and please, everyone be invested and work hard.' It was very encouraging.”
That also helped Stewart get to the place she needed to be as Bella. “This for me is the most difficult, I won't say hardest… I want to define it a little bit more. It’s the most emotionally conflicted. Bella is so sure all the time and this is the one movie where she's actually baffled and totally like, 'I don't know.' It's weird to play Bella like that because she's so not like that. That was difficult.”
The Twilight Saga: New Moon is out in theaters now.