Low budget teen vampire movie, Twilight, is released in cinemas in the UK on Friday. Kristen Stewart, who plays one of the main characters Bella Swan, says she finds instant fame hard to deal with, it was fun working with British actor Robert Pattinson and that she has similar traits to her character.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson play Bella Swan and Edward Cullen
Did you have any idea when you signed up for this movie how big it was going to become?
No. I mean, we knew that it had a really devoted fan base but we thought it was pretty small and thought it was exclusive. Like a culty thing. It's a small studio and small budget. We all thought it was rather quaint. It's a character-driven piece. We didn't have a whole bunch of money for all the stunts and effects. We had no idea.
There's been all this madness following you in America on the promotional tour for Twilight. Did you find that easy or hard to deal with?
I'm really not good at it. Some people are great at it. It's like the other side of the job. I can't believe I have to do it. It makes it easier because I'm really proud of the movie and I'm a fan of the book as well.
So it's weird to see people mainly my age flipping out over Rob [Pattinson] walking into the room. He shifts in his seat and they all just go crazy. It's a little daunting.
How do you deal with that? Do you take the mickey out of Robert all the time for the reaction he gets?
Oh my god. All the time. Constantly. It's like, 'Rob. Touch your hair again'.
The two of you have an amazing chemistry in the film. Did you have to try out with a lot of actors before that?
I had four guys that I auditioned with. They cut it down to who they really liked. There was no question by the end of them. He [Robert Pattinson] was the last one to come in. He understood the character. He didn't come in and try to be this perfect looking being. He actually looked like he was thinking about something and he actually looked at me, instead of just hoping that he looked good at that moment and was fixated on his pose. He was quite perfect for it.
Your first scene together is almost quite comical. Robert Pattinson almost looks pained trying to control his feelings for you. Did that make you laugh?
It's so funny. We thought we were being so intense and serious. We watched the film and everyone was laughing. It was like, 'Oh my god. This is actually quite funny'. We didn't picture it like that at all.
The film does actually have quite a few laughs in it, mainly from the individual characters at your high school. Was that intentional?
They were allowed to go for it. It was so cool. They could have been very undefined kids that go to school. They're all individuals. Angela's a photographer. I don't think that's in the book.
Your character, Bella Swan, is very intense when she first arrives and very moody. How did you get into character?
Yeah. She's sort of happy being solitary. She doesn't intentionally try to push people away. I think sometimes when you're quiet and shy, you just come across pensive. I can fully relate to that. People are always asking me what's wrong and I'm like, 'Wow. Nothing. Absolutely nothing is wrong'. It's weird.
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I think there's something innate. People are attracted to her. It's weird. We always joked about it. If she were to become a vampire, she would be the ultimate queen vampire because she's strong. Nobody can get into her mind. Edward [Cullen] can't read her mind. She has all of these traits that are superior. But yet she's completely unaware of them.
There are lots of fun parts in this film too, especially the stunts when you go into the tree tops. Was that fun to do or was that done in a studio?
We were in the trees the whole time. We had one day that they added on at the end of green screen, and I don't even think they use it. Me and Rob probably look ridiculous and confused, like, 'What are we doing in front of this big, green blob?'. So we were actually in the trees. It was cool. It was freezing cold. If I was afraid of heights then it would probably would have been a problem.
Kristen Stewart was talking to Newsbeat entertainment reporter Sarah Jane Griffiths.