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AdelaideNow.com: Kristen Stewart loves to sink her teeth into a vampire franchise


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Kristen Stewart loves to sink her teeth into a vampire franchise

Stewart first met Pattinson at director Catherine Hardwicke's Los Angeles home to see if they had on-screen chemistry and was immediately hooked on her leading man.

"He's a good actor and has a really insane work ethic. He is really sensitive. He's perfect. He's my perfect Edward." 

If the hype about Twilight turns out to be true, the vampire love story will propel Kristen Stewart to stardom.

While it should be the stuff of dreams for young actors in Hollywood, it's not so for Stewart who, since making her debut opposite Jodie Foster in 2002's Panic Room, has chosen to steer away from big studio movies.

The petite 18-year-old's biggest roles to date have been a memorable small part in last year's Into the Wild, and in the excellent but overlooked kids' adventure Zathura.

Then Twilight came knocking. Yet Stewart, whose screenwriter mother hails from Maroochydore, had no interest in taking on the role of Bella, a schoolgirl who falls for a vampire.

"The script was forced on me. It was in a stack of studio movies of 'Smart options for Kristen'," she says dryly.

Her initial reaction to the synopsis was one of horror.

"I thought 'This is crap, you're going to present a completely ideological idea of love to 11-year-olds and that's so not right'.

"You're setting them up for total disappointment'."

But the full script eased her fears.

"I'm not OK with the idea of ideological men where they're perfect and you're not, but that's not what we have here. Our character is so tortured and not OK.

"So that changed that. And reading the book and spending time with Rob..."

The man of whom she is speaking is co-star Robert Pattinson, a Brit whose striking good looks and portrayal of undead heart-throb Edward Cullen have earned him the adulation, and hysteria, of teenage girls around the world.

The hysteria became frighteningly apparent to Stewart during promotional appearances ahead of the film's release, with thousands of teenage fans turning out to meet, well, mainly Pattinson.

"Some are rabid and just look at me with disdain," she says.

"I remember we did a signing at a bookstore and, after being there a couple of hours, we had to leave, but there was still this wall of people waiting to get Rob's autograph.

"I saw people looking at Rob and the prospect of not getting to meet him after waiting for so long, they just wanted to die. It was scary. I thought: 'If we leave, there is going to be a riot'."

Stewart first met Pattinson at director Catherine Hardwicke's Los Angeles home to see if they had on-screen chemistry and was immediately hooked on her leading man.

"He's a good actor and has a really insane work ethic. He is really sensitive. He's perfect. He's my perfect Edward."

Not surprisingly, reports hinted at an on-set romance between Pattinson, 22, and Stewart, then 17, during the shoot in the Oregon wilds. Their off-screen chemistry was enough to concern Hardwicke, who revealed she was worried the duo's obvious closeness would mean the end of Stewart's relationship with her boyfriend of five years, actor Mike Angarano.

Angarano is a close friend of Hardwicke's since she directed him in 2005's Lords of Dogtown.

Stewart takes a breath and looks at the floor when told of Hardwicke's comment.

"We were fine. I have not left my boyfriend for Robert Pattinson," she says quietly.

"But we went through a lot together. It is crazy to go through something that heavy in real life. At the end of it you are inevitably going to have something.

"I know a version of him better than anybody else in the world because I did this movie with him."

And they will do more. Both have signed contracts to appear in at least two Twilight sequels.

While stardom does not excite Stewart, the idea of being in a film franchise does.

"I would love to follow the character for that long. It would be an experience that I've never had before. I'm low-profile and I know everybody's like 'well, wait until the movie comes out', but it (fame) still doesn't really matter.

"You pull that to you. If you want that, you will get it. But if you don't want it, you will repel it at least a little bit.

"Sure, Twilight is really huge right now and everybody's freaking out over it, but it will go away soon and I will be back to doing what I'm used to doing - which is weird little movies that nobody sees."

For now, Stewart is looking forward to working unhindered by child actor laws, which limited the amount of time she was on set, meaning her co-stars on Twilight often had to do their scenes without her there.

"I will do better work now because of it," she says. "They're doing it to protect you, but you feel as if you are being deprived of something. I was 17 and I hated it."



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