Before Robert Pattinson auditioned for the part of Edward the vampire in Twilight, he took a quarter of a Valium to see where it would take him. He got the part. He had no idea what he’d signed up for: he might have been aware that Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga had attracted 17m readers worldwide and that the Mormon mother from Arizona was the biggest publishing phenomenon since JK Rowling. What he didn’t see coming were the teen girls who’d fallen in love with the sensitive, tortured Edward of Meyer’s books. First they revolted online, calling Pattinson a gargoyle – and worse. Then they changed their minds, fell in love with him en masse and refused to leave him alone.
Could you ever have imagined when you first saw the script for Twilight that it would earn $70 million in its first weekend—the highest-grossing opening by a female director in history? Could you have imagined that it was a phenomenon in the making?
At the time there were only two books out in the series—there was this passionate fan base, but it was much smaller than it is now. Stephenie [Meyer, the author of the Twilight series] is such a crazy-fast, prolific writer that she churned out two more books in the last two years. The books got people excited about the movie, the movie got people excited about the books, and it just built and built into this frenzy. So I think it was kind of a magical convergence.
There was one quite weird thing, I was in a Blockbuster the other day, and I hadn’t realized it was the day the ['Twilight'] DVD was coming out, and there were these two — no one recognized me in that place — and there were these two 8-year-old girls who turned up with their parents. They were picking up their preordered DVDs, and they were just shaking and crying just because they got their DVD. I thought that was pretty incredible, I hadn’t seen anything like that before … I mean, I have when it’s in person, when it’s meeting me. But just to pick up a DVD, that was kind of crazy.
12. How’s the energy on ‘New Moon’ compared to ‘Twilight,’ because for ‘Twilight’ no one was sure if it was going to do well and now, obviously …
Yeah, it’s scary. It’s a very, very different experience. Last time we were just kind of … it was so easy to get the entire cast together. We’d all have dinner almost every day and be able to talk about it freely and stuff. Now it’s quite difficult to even leave the hotel. And all these random little stories become someway, somehow newsworthy, so you have to be very secretive about everything. Even if you want to just clarify something in the script or something. It’s just strange. It’s just very different … It’s very strange when you’re aware of being observed, I guess.
Fandango: Is it harder playing a real person, as opposed to playing the fictional Edward Cullen who had his story laid out in black and white?
Pattinson: I think in a lot of ways it’s kind of the same. You’re still playing fiction even though you’re playing a real character. It’s the same kind of approximation of somebody. The only thing that you can take from the book is the general outline, the mood changes, the emotional changes and development. I’m not playing it exactly as it is in the book.
Fandango: You’re just getting started shooting New Moon. How are things going?
Pattinson: The interesting thing about this one is that so much of my character is in Bella’s head. It’s based on a mixture of memories and nightmares. Bella thinks she is going mad. I get to do some really creepy stuff. In other words, Bella is really frightened of [her hallucinations]. It’s really, really different than Twilight. I think that a lot of people will be kind of scared by this one. I wanted to try and put that into Twilight but I couldn’t really find a way to make Edward scary.
Twilight Series Theories is going to be having an exclusive interview with Jackson Rathbone and they want to know what the fans want to ask him! Just comment your question on their post by April 26th.
We are working on an Exclusive Interview with Jackson Rathbone! To keep it as authentic as possible, we want to know what THE FANS want to ask him! We are looking for questions that include all of his work! If you would like to submit a question, it must be posted by Sunday, April 26th at Midnight!
What was it like playing a good vampire?
(Laughs) It was fun, it was the joy of having all this super-power strength and the knowledge of knowing you can’t really die unless another vampire comes at you and annihilate you but being Emmet they really can’t do that to me!
What was your favorite scene to shoot?
Favorite scene to shoot, I would have to say (pause) probably the ballet scene, that’s where I was rigged and we did a lot of stunts and that’s my forte – I love doing stunts and getting dirty and hurting myself so it was really fun when we jumped off the balcony. You land on the ground fifteen feet below but it’s really a free fall because we have to act like vampires so it’s that rush of being safe but not feeling safe!
Australia’s Herald Sun has a new interview with Ashley Greene:
“I’m still getting used to the go, go, go Hollywood lifestyle which has definitely thrown me into a realm where I’m struggling a little bit,” says Greene, who was a fan of the books long before she auditioned for the role of Alice.
“As an actor you want people to know you and there are times you want your pictures taken, but it’s unnerving to walk out of a venue with friends and there are 20 people flashing lights in your face. Do you know how bright those lights are?”
What did you learn from the first Twilight that you can bring into the next?
I mean, to be honest, I haven’t learned much more than the difference in doing a big movie to a small movie. To me, the biggest difference has been in promoting it. I mean, the making of the movie, shooting a movie, whether it’s on a large scale or a small scale, it’s the same thing once you actually get in front of the camera. But promoting the film is a different story. Everybody puts so much weight on everything that you say and I’m not too good at expressing myself. To talk about something that you’re so vested in and you’ve put your whole life into all the time almost every day of like a good solid, it’s going to be like three and a half years of my life, I just really care about it. I’ve realized that it’s a bigger job than I thought it was going to be but I look forward to all of it.