As you all know, Comic-Con is in full swing in San Diego and it seems like every Hollywood actor and director is here promoting their upcoming projects. One of the biggest films at this year’s Comic-Con is “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”. If you didn’t hear, almost a thousand people slept outside to be one of the first in Hall H for yesterday’s presentation. While many don’t understand the “Twilight” phenomenon, it’s very real and the fans are extremely passionate.
So if you’re one of the people that loves “Twilight”, after the jump you can read the interview I did with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner here at Comic-Con.
Note: This interview was done in roundtable form. Meaning a number of journalists took turns asking questions.
Q: So how’s your Comic-Con experience so far?
TL: It’s very similar to last year. It’s just that we were expecting it this time. Last year we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into. This time we brought ear plugs.
Q: How does it feel to be working on such a popular film with such a huge fan base?
KS: It feels good. There’s nothing bad. Like trying to describe what it feels like to have people… It’s so funny. Everyone feels like we’re nervous about the pressure and having approval but this art form is so subjective anyway that to have…just to say ‘I love this book. I’m obsessed with it.’ And then to say, ‘Well yeah, me too.’ Everything is better if you’re on some sort of common ground. It’s like fire. There’s nothing better than sharing passion. This is so far out of our scope of what’s going on in our head when we’re shooting a movie. It was strange having fans so close but like Chris Weisz said, it’s like doing theater when they stand up and clap after every take and sit there very quietly organized in little rows and try not to disturb us while we’re all in character. It’s a little bit more pressure, but at the same time it was motivating.
TL: It was encouraging.
KS: Yes, it was very encouraging.
TL: It was kind of cool to see you have this fan base behind you.
Q: How was it shooting in Italy?
KS: I had never spent more than a couple of days there. We went to Rome for the first Twilight tour. It was so fleeting. I was only there for two seconds. It was so overwhelming to sit on the countryside for hours and just do nothing. It was like really, really…it’s a different world. It’s a completely different world. I would love to spend more time there. We shot in this little town that was gorgeous.
Q: Do you enjoy working on different films?
KS: Yeah, if it was Twilight all the time and I did nothing in between, I would go a little batty. For me, I’d say it definitely alleviates pressure.
Q: How’s your other film going?
KS: Really good. It’s hard to talk about now. I still have four days of shooting left. I feel that what we’re doing is really important. I feel like what The Runaways did was really important so trying to convey that is really awesome. It’s daunting to say the least.
Q: What do you think the New Moon fans are not expecting?
TL: Giant fuzzy werewolves.
KS: I think they expected those.
TL: I honestly don’t think they’re expecting to be as heartbroken as I think they will be. I know when I read New Moon I really felt bad for Jacob’s character and Bella’s just because Jacob can’t have her and he’s trying to get her and everything that’s going on and her being torn and confused. So, I felt really bad but actually when I lived the experience with Kristen, it was much worse and I just can’t imagine what the fans are going to think when they watch that.
KS: He feels bad for himself.
TL: I don’t feel bad for myself. I feel bad for Jacob and I feel bad for you.
Q: What do you think the fans are going to enjoy the most about New Moon?
TL: Somebody like me would enjoy the action because I love action movies and New Moon takes that to another level than Twilight was. That, and it’s a lot more complicated this time around. It takes what her and Edward developed in Twilight and it smashes that at the beginning and then it becomes complicated until the end of the movie.
KS: Yeah. It’s not an easy story. I mean, not that Twilight was but Twilight was about two people who were already sort of conflicted internally, throwing themselves against each other mindlessly. It was just very impulsive. And, in this case, we had to think a lot more about what we were doing because it wasn’t instinctual, like a chemistry love thing. It was like everything in our movie is heightened. If you get sad, you don’t just get sad. It’s like you’d rather just be dead. I guess people experience that in real life, but in our movie, it’s more than that. So, it was just harder.
Q: Does something like that take the challenge for you as an actor to another level?
KS: Yeah, it’s hard though because you have no reference. I don’t know what it’s like to be shattered by somebody who physiologically completed you and just to have that taken away and what that feels like. I don’t know because [for me] it doesn’t exist. So, yeah, it’s hard.
Q: Was there a moment in time when you realized Twilight was going to become this phenomenon?
KS: I think at Comic-Con last year.
TL: For sure. Definitely. When we were filming, it had no attention as it does this time around. The first big thing for us was Comic-Con and to just walk out on that stage and hear the screams of the 6,000 fans, it was really different and I don’t think any of us were expecting it. So, that was the huge eye opener for us the first time around.
Q: When the Twilight saga is done, how will you feel about getting your life back?
TL: Well, I’m so thankful to be a part of this and I’m having a lot of fun doing it and I’ve made a lot of great friendships with everybody that I’ve worked with and we’ve got a while left. I haven’t really started thinking about that yet because that’s my main focus right now.
KS: Yeah, which is good, I guess. I can’t wait to be finished because when I start a movie initially, I’m dying to get it done. It’s like I’m thinking about something all the time and I want to go through the experience. I want to do the scenes and I want to make sure that we do them right. And, in this case, I have so much ahead of me that it’s like… Usually I have six weeks and I go okay and at the end of the six weeks we will have made our product. I mean, we will have gone through everything that we wanted to. But, in this case, I have to wait literally years. So, I’m waiting to get it done. I want it to be done.