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Kristen Stewart was photographed by Mario Testino for the July issue of Vanity Fair
The 22-year-old actress was interviewed by Ingrid Sischy for Vanity Fair (full article here) about her upcoming movie, On the Road, the Twilight-saga experience and her first meeting with Twilight co-star, Robert Pattinson.
Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight talks about the screen test between Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart.
“Honestly, I was nervous,” the director remembers. “I saw they were so attracted and Kristen was under-age. I said, ‘Rob, we have a law in this country under 18. Don’t get in trouble here.’ I felt I was in the presence of something strong and powerful.” When Pattinson left, Stewart said, “It’s him.” Hardwicke listened but wanted to be sure that their charisma and visceral connection translated onto film. “Not everybody makes it all the way through the screen to our hearts and souls in the movie theater,” the director says, “but these two did. It was electrifying.”
Robert Pattinson talks about other’s perception of Kristen Stewart.
“People have decided how they are going to perceive her,” says Robert Pattinson, her red-lipped Romeo in the Twilight films. “No matter how many times she smiles, they’ll put in the one picture where she’s not smiling.”
Walter Salles, director of On the Road talks about finding the right actors for the movie and casting Stewart.
Thus Salles felt he needed actors who could improvise and who truly understood what Kerouac’s adventure book was all about: the essence of experience. He was sharing this with two old friends, the composer Gustavo Santaolalla and the director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros), when they both said, Stop! Don’t even start looking for the part of Marylou—the Cassady character’s sometime lover and fellow traveler, a woman hell-bent on following her own path. Both men told Salles that Stewart was his Marylou. He followed up and learned that Stewart (who’d placed a copy of On the Road on the dashboard of her first car, that’s how much the book meant to her) was so passionate and insightful about the character that he never even auditioned her for the part. (The top-notch cast also includes Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen.)
Stewart’s take on Bella being a strong heroine and her experience making the Twilight movies.
“In fact, you have someone who is stronger than the guy she is with, emotionally. Fight for the thing you love—you are a remarkable person if you do it. It’s a cop-out to think that girl power is all about gusto and ballbusting.”
After each of these more independent productions, it would be Twilight time again—Old Home Week for Stewart. She says that in retrospect she sees the Twilight sets as the equivalent of the high school she never attended.