Last night I posted the interview with Rob, you can read that here if you missed it. Since the interviews are very long, I’m posting them one by one on their separate post. Enjoy!
Important: As always, I ask fellow bloggers to please take an excerpt and link back to the rest (proper active link to this post). Translating takes a lot of time and effort. Thanks for understanding.
Acting less shy than the first time we met her, Kristen cracks a joke when she sees someone’s old coffee mug on her place “Oh, that’s just not right! Who left that there? It probably has anthrax”. When they let her know she already has people who tastes her food before her, she makes fun of it by noting that if that was true, it would’ve been published somewhere by now “Great idea! Keep saying that!” The truth is, eventhough she’s still the same person, there’s a newfound confidence in her than when she first started Twilight. She may have a bodyguard now, but she’s far from a diva full of excentricities.
Do you feel like the song “My Way”, now that the end is near? Is this like a roller coaster?
Yes, it’s funny. Normally when you wrap up a movie, you don’t feel like a chapter of your life is over. You just leave the set and move on. I still don’t feel like this is over. There was Comic-Con, and it’s exciting to see people’s reactions, and you can still experience new feelings. It won’t be over until the final movie is over and all the press is done. I’m still too involved.
Comic-Con was interesting. Someone said you know Twilight better than anybody…
That was Bill. He exagerates.
As an actress, do the choices that Bella made bother you, or did she do something you wouldn’t necessarily agree with?
There were a couple of things that took me a while to understand, moments where I asked myself What is she doing, because she’s very practical. Normally, she doesn’t have huge reactions, and if she does, they’ve all come from places where I can understand them, and I’ve always loved that about the story. You have your central character in a story that is very romantic and very far away from reality, and she just lets herself go, despite not being really the type of person who would, you know?
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UPDATE: More of the interview has been translated. I thought I was done when I hit Publish, but it turns out there’s still two pages left to read. Enjoy and scroll down for part 2!
Can you explain the things she goes through in this movie?
In the beginning of a relationship, a couple can stay together and be perfectly happy. Here, they struggled so much to stay together from day 1, and to have a normal life, and for a moment they finally have that, you can feel it. You experience that with them for a good portion of the movie, until something comes between them again, and it feels strange because they thought their relationship was solid. It’s not like they’re breaking up, but for the first time you see them trying to solve couple problems, and not life and death siutations. These are things they can work through. But here she becomes a new person. She had always been focused on Edward. In that sense, the story has been simple, and then all of a sudden it changes tracks because of the child she wants to bring into the world but that nobody wants, and everybody is kind of against her. You see the story for the first time, through someone else’s eyes, and I thought that was interesting. She’s like a wild cat in a corner bearing her teeth at everyone “Back off!”.
What was it like working with Guillermo Navarro, Mexican cinematographer?
Amazing. He worked in Zathura too. So we were already friends. It was great seeing another familiar face. He’s very warm, has a very friendly presence, and that’s important when a person is shooting you. He’s fantastic at what he does, he loves what he does, and that’s hy he’s so good. He was so open to everybody’s involvement, and that doesn’t happen often. He made everything more fun and creative.
And do you love what you do?
I love what I do.
Even if you need a boydguard all the time?
I love him too! He’s so big, look at him. I love what I do. I mean, you can sit here and think, but you never reach a good conclusion about why you do what you do. Sure, you do it to be other people for a while, but I don’t need to escape from my life. I love my life. Some people want to have experiences and learn from them, and have an imagination that helps you find your own way, and it’s something that looks real, but it’s not. It’s a strange way to live. Sometimes I find myself in situations when I just know this is what I want to do. That is acting. The moments when you’re living something through someone else, and you learn from it, and you meet other people. It’s surreal and fun. You can give that product to the world, or just have fun, sit back and watch.
I remember when you were just getting started. You had so many dreams and plans, and wanted to do other things besides acting. You wanted to live in Sydney and write, am I correct? What happened to that dream?
I’m still writing. I love it. I’ve been working so much, so I haven’t moved to Sydney. I had a huge desire to go to school but I lost it. I’m not a very disciplined person. They have to force me to do things. If there’s no production start day, I won’t even write notes on the script. I just don’t. But that’s ok. I’m happy, and I like challenges, and those were my aspirations when I was younger. But right now I’m fine where I am.
What about the wedding? Taylor said he wasn’t invited, so he missed it.
He wasn’t invited! But he’s in one of my favorite scenes in the movie, after the wedding. He missed the ceremony but he was at the party.
Did you choose the dress? How involved were you in the process of finding the perfect dress? Even if you weren’t the actual bride in real life.
At times I did feel like that. It was a huge deal, and it’s weird what happens to bride on her wedding day. There’s so much pressure. My dress was… I loved my dress. There were so many people involved in the design. Everybody gave their opinion, especially me,Bill, Stephenie, Wyck. It was our thing, we made sure of it. Other people made the final call, but we were happy. It wa great. We had it covered the entire time, so between takes I couldn’t feel pretty and elegant. I had a Volturi cape covering me up the entire time. We filmed the wedding in two days, and there was a helicopter trying to snap pictures. It felt like a real wedding.
Was that emotional for you?
Oh, yes! Especially when I arrived on set, before I put the dress on. Everybody was waiting for me. Since the dress is a huge deal, we waited for everybody to be ready, and when I was given the OK, I put it on and went to the set. It was weird having all the people I know sitting there. It felt like we were all finishing something together.
Was Rob laughing the whole time? You all seem to have a great relationship.
He’s ridiculous. He’s a dork. It was weird. He couldn’t stop laughing during my takes, or me during his. We couldn’t pretend to look somewhere else. The first shot was his, which sucked because I thought I was going first. I had to go first! But I didn’t, it was dreadful, because I wanted to have that experience, and I knew it wasn’t the same if we did it twice. I didn’t want to have to go back and do everything again, everything I was going through. He asked me why I kept covering my face, and that was good because he kept trying to sneak a peek. The pressure made the scene look good in the end.
And you had a honeymoon in Brazil!
And you did film in Brazil!
Yes, it was beautiful. Funnily enough it was raining all the time. We planned everything so well, and it was raining the whole time, which means we wanted some sun and got nothing.
How was it, filming in Louisiana?
Great, I love Louisiana. I had worked there a couple of times before. We were filming mostly in a studio. The crew was great. They were the most intimate parts of the filming. Everything was filmed indoors, and then we filmed the exteriors in Vancouver. We filmed almost all the emotional scenes there.
Filming two movies at once must have been hard. Did you ever film parts of the first and the second on the first day?
Yes, there were days that I went from human, to pregnant, to vampire on the same day. Those were the hard days, not just logistically, but for the make up department. It’s just so different when she becomes a vampire and I had to be aware of every movement I made, and very specific with the things I said. I had to think quicker than everyone else, and not be caught off guard. I knew exactly what came out of my mouth every second.
Did you empathize with Rob on the make up?
Yes. Man did I ever. You feel strapped under it, and the eyes… You feel far from human. Vampires in the books don’t have that quality. It doens’t help that they have so much heart and soul, but you feel so disconnected with all that make up. I don’t want to complain but it’s hard to connect with someone if you can’t see their eyes.
One of your cast mates, and I can’t remember who, said – after someone in the interview said that this story only had strong female characters – that it wasn’t true, that Bella sells herself out for a boy, and turns into a vampire to win his love.
That’s not true at all.
Do you think she had to become a vampire in order to keep him?
No, in fact he wants her to stay human and tries to leave her. I mean, you need to be very strong to tell the person that you love that they’re being weak. She’s the one who realizes it must be done.
It’s like changing your religion. There’s rituals and everything.
Right, right, and she’s the one who made the call, he never forced her.
To you, what makes you human?
Being human? It’s funny, but it’s term that is used a lot today. Like, if someone reached a new truth, or if someone had a very real experience, or something weird happened to someone, everybody says “It was a very human moment, that was so human”, and I think, what else is it going to be?! That’s what we are.
Do you think animals can be more human, than humans?
Do you mean more compassionate?
Sweet, loving, everything.
Yes, but being compassionate is very different from being human, I mean you can betray someone for passion, for weaknesses that you have, and you can say “That was a human thing”, but I think people in general are passionate. That’s why it’s so clear when someone is not a good person. It’s very obvious when someone is an as**ole! People care about others. That’s why we make movies. If we weren’t interested in people, we would make movies about us. People care about people.
Are you drawn to strong characters? You’re about to start Snow White and that’s the toughtest version of a Princess we’ve seen so far.
Is there anything you love about playing the strong girl?
Yes, I’m excited about finding a proactive woman who doesn’t just sit there waiting for help. Typically, a female role is either a chick-flick role, or all men are helping her in the way. I think there’s certain archetypes to build female characters, and you’re always seeing her sitting around, and in this movie [Snow White] we have a girl who is broken, and she builds herself up, she finds her own identity. For her that’s intimidating, because she’s a noble. She’s been taught leadership her whole life, and she can’t get away from that. She’s not afraid of things that other people are afraid of. She channels that fear and moves on, she takes advantage of the situations she’s in, and the way she’s been put down, and she shows everybody that she’s leader, and she can make it.
Do you have something like that inside if you?
Is that something that you enjoy to play, or is that something you already are, or want to be?
I like playing it. I love these kinds of projects. It’s not deliberate, I’m not always aware of why I choose some roles.
You’ve matured a lot during the making of this saga…
Sure! Every project shapes you in a way. I don’t want to be too specific, but I’m always very connected to every movie I make. I feel like I ca come back and do every single one of them better, and I’m so connected to this environment, and it’s a dangerous situation when you go crazy for a movie because you want it to be good and people to go see it. It’s a long process and you’re under a microscope, and to me that’s always new. passion is not bigger or smaller, it’s the same, but then all of sudden everybody is looking at you, so I feel like I’ve become more focused and down to earth. It’s easy to realize what you should be focusing on.
What wa sit like to be pregnant on film?
It was weird. Technically, the belly was so big, too big, and light, so I complained because I could move easily and that’s not right. You can’t prepare because what happens with this pregnancy is very unnatural. But Stephenie wrote everything with great detail.
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