Do you read the fan mail?
Yeah. I do that quite a lot actually, because I get batches sent from London. I go through tons and tons of it at a time. I get sent some good stuff. I’ve gotten some really good books. I had this amazing thing made by a fan website, this really amazing bound book with all of these notes inside it. I mean, it must have taken ages to make. I remember thinking, "Why?" (laughs). But, no, it was amazing. Someone sent me a book I’m reading right now, a book of Charles Baudelaire poems. I thought, "Wow, I was going to buy that." That was nice.
Do you have a team that helps you wade through or do you go through it all yourself?
I go through it myself, but I think I might get them censored, because I’m always expecting to get the one thing that says, "I know where you live and I’m going to kill you!" I’m always expecting that to come, but it never seems to arrive. I never get any negative mail, so someone must be censoring them.
What is the scariest thing a fan has done to get your attention?
I haven’t really had any scary moments! I’m just scared of crowds (laughs). I just think people require things of me whenever there’s a screaming crowd, and I always think I won’t be able to provide what they want, so that’s why I look scared all the time (laughs). Mexico was quite scary -– but in a good way. I mean, it’s always kind of amusing because it’s all so new to me.
There was plenty of video of your trip on YouTube.
It’s just funny. Like, "What are you guys on?" It’s funny. We couldn’t get away in the car.
So what happens when you’re trapped? Catherine Hardwicke told me about fans getting up-close-and-personal with you in Italy during the book signing ...
When you’re in a situation that feels like it’s gotten out of control, I find that the more you stress out about it, the worse it would get. The whole thing is just funny. It’s like if you have a whole crowd of people running down the street at you, screaming, if you just stood there and didn’t make any attempt to move away, they’d probably get up to you and go "Ummmmmm." The whole excitement of it is the hunt, isn’t it? I don’t know.
Had you known how huge “Twilight” was going to become, would you still have taken the role?
Yeah, definitely. I think I would have done it differently though. When I went into “Harry Potter,” I knew what the deal was, so I had this level of acceptance in my brain. It’s nice to know the whole situation before you do a part. But I liked doing "Twilight." It’s been a very interesting and bizarre experience for me, the whole thing.( Collapse )
Talk about “Little Ashes.” What was appealing about playing a young Salvador Dali?