Moon's Muse On Being Bella
Kristen Stewart clues us in on the New Moon love triangle between Edward (Rob Pattinson) and the buff Jacob (Taylor Lautner) for the affection of the conflicted and heartbroken Bella Swan (Stewart).
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SheKnows: Can you talk about any moments that stand out about making the next movie Eclipse and what is the third director like?
Kristen Stewart: Yeah, Eclipse is such that, just like New Moon, it sort of starts and becomes a completely different movie. Just as soon as you think you're going to get the same story, all of a sudden it completely changes. Bella is much more back to herself. She's content now. She's again comfortable and self-assured in a way that she wasn't in New Moon. I think what I really love about Eclipse, what was interesting for me to explore, was different levels of love and acknowledging that the ideals that you maybe had a little while ago aren't true. Bella is innately honest. That's something that I feel she is. In Eclipse she lies to herself and she lies to everyone around her about the fact that she's in love with Jacob, just not as much. It's not that extra thing that you can't really even describe. I loved watching the three of them. I loved playing with the three characters together. There's literally a scene where Edward and Jacob who are mortal enemies, are in a tent with a sleeping Bella in between them.
Kristen Stewart (continued): It's a ridiculous circumstance to find yourself in. We had so much to work with. Then the effects as well were even more. There's a big battle that happens and that was more than anything we had to deal with on New Moon. So it was cool. I've always gotten to do things for really short periods of time. To follow a character this long, it surprises me every time. I can't wait to do the fourth one because I'm sure that I'm going to come in and say that everything I said next year and everything I said this time was wrong, that I actually know Bella more now. And also, we have such established dynamics. The way that I know Bella deals with Edward, you sort of can't mess with that. I know how she deals with him. I know how she deals with Jacob. I know how she deals with Charlie, her dad, and then to have people come in and help out that process is only cooler. You always get a different perspective. So working with David (Slade) was like, 'Okay, let's see what you've got,' because he came up with a lot of stuff that I would've never have thought of and he's quite good at the whole technical aspect of movie making which is so completely over my head. So I got to feel safe that he had that handled and me and Rob and Taylor just sort of did our thing.
SheKnows: How did you balance playing someone who is so introverted like Bella and then playing a character like Joan Jett in The Runaways?
Kristen Stewart: I can only play characters that I feel like are real people in a complete way and in such a whole way that if I fake any aspect of it, I will have failed them and literally they're slaughtered. It's like these characters; they don't exist anymore unless I do it. So, in terms of approaching parts, thank God I don't have to do that. It just happens. I got to know Joan, not only as her now but I feel like through footage and just through the script and the story, everything. I feel like I got to know who she was in such a whole way that it's not about imitating, even though I was really concerned about details being right, like gestures and stuff. I really wanted to do a good impersonation but I also didn't want it to be imitation. I wanted it to be natural. Playing Joan Jett had nothing to do with Bella. It was a small period of time that I had to do it but it was an opportunity that I jumped on and it was going to go away (if I hadn't). I would've liked more time but like I said about walking on set and seeing all the characters and Rob and Taylor, it's instantly easy to get right back into the right mindset. That's vague but what I do is so vague. Literally, what I do is so oddly ambiguous.
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