Kristen Stewart loves Bella, now emerging as a butt-kicking vampire
BY CINDY PEARLMAN November 8, 2012 9:28PM
This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Kristen Stewart in a scene from "The Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Andrew Cooper)
Updated: December 12, 2012 6:22AM
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — There is one delicate question that you really shouldn’t ask Kristen Stewart.
Not that question.
She bristles a bit when you ask her what it feels like to shed her screen alter ego, Bella Swan. “People keep asking me, ‘What does it feel like to walk away from ‘Twilight?’ ” she says. “I don’t feel like I have to walk anywhere.
“You hold onto the things that are dear to you. I will always carry Bella Swan with me. I feel the same way about Bella as the fans do.”
Stewart, 22, says she took a few lessons from the character.
“I love how Bella was always questioning herself. She was constantly thinking, ‘Wait, do I go with this ... or is this crazy?’ ” she says.
“I think you should question yourself along the way. You should never stop doing that. You should constantly question everything and push harder.”
On Friday, she will play Bella for the last time in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” the film where we finally see a red-eyed, butt kicking Bella in full vampire mode.
She also must protect her young daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) from the Volturi, the governing vampires who don’t approve of a child conceived between a mortal mother and vampire father.
Is she glad it’s over?
“I’m so happy the story is told,” she says. “We had five years to tell this story. It’s out. It’s not weighing on us anymore.”
“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer says the Bella as a full-fledged vampire on screen matched what was in her head when she was writing the books.
“The performance was remarkable from the first moment she put in the contacts,” Meyer says.
“I was nervous wondering if Bella would be different as a vampire. The point is it has to feel like something new. I was so impressed with Kristen. I stood by the monitor doing a little happy dance.”
Adds director Bill Condon, “She becomes a badass warrior. We made the last two movies at the same time. In the morning, she would be emaciated or giving birth and in the afternoon she was a vampire.”
The key to finding Bella’s inner vampire was all of Stewart’s years as Bella the human.
“The best aspect of every vampire is always creating an enhanced version of what they were as human beings,” Stewart says. “I really did get to play a very well-rounded vampire because I got to make those baby steps along the way. If you were to take the fact that she becomes a vampire completely away, this new movie shows a more realized version of who Bella has been the entire time.”
Why did so many young girls embrace Bella?
“She really does represent that stage of life where you’re really pumping and full of something you can’t put your finger on,” she says.“She’s a girl who has faith enough in herself not to ignore her feelings. She finds out why they’re there.”
Of course, Stewart’s private life splashed all over the media last summer after she was spotted with her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director. Then she publically professed her true love for Pattinson.
Stewart won’t talk about that, but she will talk about love, movie style.
“People thinks she’s nuts and Bella is losing it by falling in love with a vampire,” she says. “But her decisions are fully informed by feeling.
“Now with the last film, it all makes sense. Bella is happy. She has a husband and child who love her. She is exactly where she needs to be in life. Now she can say, ‘I told you. We held onto this love for a reason.’ ”
The Los Angeles native has played Bella since she was 18 years old. She admits that she wasn’t sure if the first film would even be a hit.
“I guess the day my life changed was at Comic Con, when I met the fans for the first time,” she says. “I was hit by this wave of human energy. It made me think, ‘This is not a normal movie.’ ”
Next up for Stewart is “On the Road,” due out later this year.
“For me, choosing a role is always an impulsive thing,” she says. “I could read a fantastic script, but it might not be my thing. I have to really respond at a gut level.
“That’s why I loved Bella. I’m young and I wanted to explore youth through that role. Now, I want to dig a little deeper and shock myself a little bit.”
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