Bella’s Dilemma

Actress Kristen Stewart talks aboutNew Moon and how her character is lost between Edward and Jacob.

Just when she’s found the love of her life, Bella (Kristen Stewart) is shocked when he abruptly decides to leave her. He says it’s for her own safety and believes she would be better off without him and his family—one of whom, Jasper, almost made a meal out of her (accidentally, of course).
New Moon really kicks things into gear and Stewart admits that it was a highly emotional experience for her this time around and that she strongly connected with Taylor during their scenes.

Bella’s story arc really starts to develop. Was it more difficult to prepare for the role this time around?
Stewart: I wouldn’t say that one was more difficult than the other. This is a severely emotional movie. That’s the one big difference. This movie is not about discovery or falling in love, which is sort of just an intense emotion, butthere are low and high points for her, too. She’s a manic-depressive, basically. To have a character be able to pull her out of that is a hefty feat, which I think we pulled off. But for me, like, I don’t know. There was no difference. It was just sort of heavier and it was more to think about. It’s a more mature part strictly because she’s older and she has more to deal with.

Why do you think people are so drawn to this story?
Stewart: It’s just like anything else, like any movie. You could say that about anything: you relate to the characters. I always say that it’s because it’s first-person narrative and you’re so very much inside of her head that it’s closer to home. You feel like it’s not happening to someone else -you feel like it’s sort of happening to you. What do you think? Out with it.

Does having a male director give this particular chapter of the saga a very different stylistic or thematic sensibility?
Stewart: I don’t think so. People always want to know the differences between directors. Every single person is different, just like any human being would approach a different project. He gave us all time to really actually go through the dark things that we had to go through, and made us all feel really safe to do it. And you can’t work for someone unless you think they care. And I feel like he would have done anything for either of us on the movie.

Everyone talks about Edward and RobertPattinson. Can you speak to what makes Taylor so interesting?
Stewart: Yeah. He’s very honest. I don’t know—he’s just very open. I mean,
Edward and Bella are just so tense all the time, and Jacob and Bella are just so open and free, and they can talk to each other about anything, you know? And I would definitely say that we have a relationship similar to that. I’m not like that with everyone either. It’s so rare for me to be able to do that. I don’t know what it really means, but it definitely says something about him. He puts people at ease.

What story out of the series do you like most?
Stewart: I liked New Moon just in terms of how far I can push myself within the series. I feel like after New Moon it’s sort of smooth sailing for her. She’s very, very solid and content and happy. But in the second one she’s nothing, literally just lost. I got to find her again.

Are you coping better with this craziness, or are you still finding this intense?
Stewart: I’m getting better at, like, the craziness that everybody thinks would be the difficult part to deal with—which is, like, loads of people and stuff like that. That’s not what I’ve ever had a problem with.But the self-evaluation in interviews, and self-definition…I don’t know myself very well. You know what I mean? I always take it very seriously. And I’m doing that less and less, which is maybe not such a good thing.

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