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Once tense, Kristen Stewart now cool in the ‘Twilight’ spotlight

ROBERT PATTINSON KRISTEN STEWART star THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1

ROBERT PATTINSON and KRISTEN STEWART star in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1

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Updated: January 23, 2012 4:39AM



Seeming more relaxed than usual, Kristen Stewart admitted that after being in the intense media spotlight since she first stepped into the role of Bella Swan in the “Twilight” franchise, “I guess I’m feeling a bit more comfortable talking about the work.

“I’m still intensely private about my personal life, but I’ve come to realize people do become very interested in actors as people — especially when you’re lucky enough to be part of something as huge as ‘Twilight.’ ”

That said, Stewart did stress in a Sun-Times interview that she still will “ferociously fight to guard my privacy,” but she added with a sigh, “But I guess that is going to be on ongoing battle.”

Part of that “battle,” of course, is fending off the ongoing reports Stewart and co-star Robert Pattinson are a couple in real life — as well as on the big screen.

While Stewart would not talk about those rumors, she did respond directly when asked if there was anything that would surprise “Twilight” fans about Pattinson — or her other principal co-star, Taylor Lautner.

Laughing about the “Team Jacob” (Lautner) or “Team Edward” (Pattinson) debate among fans of both the Twilight books and the films, Stewart said, “I don’t know if there’s much that would surprise people about Rob, except that he’s probably more fun-loving in private than may come across in public.

“As for Taylor, I think people might be surprised to learn there are so many more layers to him. Yes, he’s a lot of fun and all that, but he’s a lot deeper than I think comes across in the media.”

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” opening Friday, launches us into the two-part finale of the “Twilight” franchise — with the last movie being released next year.

“The biggest change for me in this film was that Bella finally gets to be happy — at least for a bit of time. While clearly she exhibits a lot of bridal jitters tied to the wedding scenes at the beginning of ‘Part 1,’ there’s some genuine joy there for both her and Edward.”

Both “Breaking Dawn” films were shot at once, so “we really had to keep focused over the six months we worked on this,” said Stewart. “In the morning we might film an intense scene from ‘Part 2,’ but then in the afternoon would be something more fun — but from ‘Part 1.’

“We really had to pay attention!”

Stewart loved getting to the part of author Stephenie Meyer’s saga where “Bella showcases so many different sides to her personality and her reality.

“There’s Bella the new bride, then there’s the pregnant Bella, the human Bella, the vampire Bella, it’s really a wild ride.

“But as an actress, it was all so rewarding,” said Stewart, who obviously loved being guided by director Bill Condon through these last two movies.

“He was amazing. I loved working with all of the directors of these films, but Bill is very special and I’m glad he was the one picked to wrap it all up. This was such a huge project, with shooting locations all over the world, amazing special effects and intense scenes to film — and he never once lost his cool.

“I don’t know how he did it.”

Another thing that Stewart enjoyed about filming “Breaking Dawn” was the constant presence of author Meyer, who had joined the project as a producer. “Previously, Stephenie would show up on occasion, but now she was there all the time, and it really helped.

“It made me realize how much I could have been helped by having her on the set for the first three films,” said Stewart. “Just seeing her there almost every day really gave all of us a boost and provided so much inspiration to everyone — the actors, the crew, everyone.”

Asked to weigh in which side of the “Team Jacob” or “Team Edward” side she’s on, she said, “Well, come on. After all, I do marry Edward and become a vampire. Don’t you think that answers that question?”



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