New Moon stars dish Twilight
The Twilight Saga: New Moon stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner made their first public appearances at Comic Con 2009 to support the next chapter in their pop culture phenomenon.
Twilight's Comic-Con return
Taylor Lautner: It's good. It's exciting. I think last year Comic-Con was the big eye opener for us and so it's awesome to be back and embrace all of our fans again for everything they've done this past year.
Rob and Kristen on Edward's omniscient presence
Robert Pattinson: It's just a voice. Edward's just a voice in the book, and so I guess it would look pretty cheesy if it were just my voice. They've done these hallucinations, these semi-visible apparitions.
Kristen Stewart: It's suggestive. It's how she remembers him, not necessarily how he actually is.
Taylor Lautner on becoming New Moon Jacob
Taylor Lautner: Yeah, okay. When I was filming Twilight I knew that Jacob's character changed a lot so if I wanted to continue portraying him correctly I had a lot of work ahead of myself. So as soon as I finished filming Twilight I started hitting the gym. I got a personal trainer. I started eating a lot of food, good food of course; proteins, good carbs, cut the sugars (laughs). It was a lot of work but it was definitely worth it.
Kristen finds New Moon most memorable
Kristen Stewart: I wouldn't say that one was more difficult than (Twilight). This is a severely emotional movie. That's the one big difference. This movie is not about discovery. It's not about falling in love which is sort of just an intense emotion but this is like low and there high points for her, too. She's a manic depressive basically. To have a character that's able to pull her out of that, it's a hefty feat which I think we pulled off. But for me, there was no difference. It was just sort of heavier and it was more to think about. She's older and has more to deal with.
Robert's rules for life not changing
Robert Pattinson: I don't know, I'd like to think that I haven't changed that much. Within myself I don't think I've changed. When I walk down the street, I think I look down a whole lot. There's something wrong with my neck (laughs). No. It is it's kind of extraordinary. I don't think that any of us expected any of this to happen and especially that it seems to keep building and building, the magnitude of this franchise. Comic Con really was the eye opener and it's just kind of got bigger and bigger. It's an interesting thing to deal with.
Stewart, visibly appearing the mirror image of Joan Jett for her role as the rocker, shows her humor.
Kristen Stewart: I cut off my hair, yeah.
She then laughs and quickly dips her head.
Twilight highs & lows
Kristen Stewart: Well, this is definitely a high. I mean, there have only been a couple of images from the movie that have been released and they've all been received well. So I'm really excited for people to see some of it. It's a little overwhelming to have so many people here, but I guess that's a good thing.
Taylor Lautner: It's awesome because this is our opportunity to thank our fans for everything that they've done for us and for Twilight. We get to embrace them again. We're so thankful for them. So it's awesome that we get to see them all waiting for us, again, a year later with the same, if not, actually, definitely more dedication. So it's really exciting. I'm a little nervous but it's good.
Robert Pattinson: I don't know. I still think it's still so young, to me, anyway. I can't claim anything to be a low. I mean, I pretty live an almost identical life -- apart from being recognized. That's not exactly the worst thing in the world.
Team Edward vs. Team Jacob
When a movie star finds Burger King passing out crowns adorned the headlines Team Edward or Team Jacob, the pop culture phenomenon that is Twilight truly hits the stars.
Taylor Lautner: I think that everything is kind of crazy about this franchise and that's why we love it so much and that's why the fans do as well. There definitely a lot of fans who separate it into two separate teams. I don't know. I mean, sometimes it gets me a little nervous because I'm trying to live up to the fan's expectations and trying to represent Team Jacob in the right way. I don't want to disappoint them so that's why I worked so hard to not only mentally and emotionally, but physically change as well for this role because this guy is some pretty good competition (looks at Robert Pattinson). So I've done a lot of hard work.
Edward goes away…not!
Much is made of the fact that in New Moon, Edward's presence seems far away. Not, so say the stars.
Kristen Stewart: He's in it a lot.
Robert Pattinson: (Fans) won't be disappointed. I just watched a clip which they're going to play later and people will forget immediately.
Kristen Stewart: If he doesn't go away you can't miss him and that's what this whole movie is about -- that empty, completely dark place where Edward is absent.
A New Moon of differences
Robert Pattinson: It wasn't just the director that made this one different. I was much more of a supporting role in this one. I started three weeks after they started shooting and I did a lot of my first scenes doing the apparition scenes. That's a lot of me doing maybe one word a week. It was actually one of the most relaxing jobs that I've ever done. Chris has a really peaceful presence and I got on really well with him. It was…pretty much stress free job for three months. It was great for me. All the pressure was on Taylor.
Taylor Lautner: I don't know. I'm excited that there's werewolves involved now because the werewolves definitely step up the action in the movie. There's double the action in this movie than there was before and there's also a different dynamic. Now, it's not just this romance between a human girl and a vampire. But, it's the beginning of a love triangle.