Kristen Stewart talks NEW MOON and THE RUNAWAYS

     March 14, 2009

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

Just a few hours ago I did what many, many “Twilight” fans wish they could’ve done….I participated in a roundtable interview with Kristen Stewart. The reason she was out doing press today is she’s got a great new movie called “Adventureland” coming to theaters and she was doing some press before leaving for Vancouver to start shooting the next “Twilight” movie “New Moon”. In the next week or so I’ll have the entire transcript posted, but I figured all you “Twilight” fans would want to read what she said about that movie right now.

Thankfully, Kristen was in great spirits, so when we finally started talking about “New Moon” she was cool with the questions. But while many are just looking forward to “New Moon” and “Eclipse”, she’s also going to be playing Joan Jett in “The Runaways”, and after hearing her talk so passionately about the project, I can see it means a great deal to her.

But enough about what I thought…here’s what Kristen said about her upcoming movies. And if you’d like to listen to the audio of the interview click here. Just know it’s the entire interview she did with Jesse Eisenberg. If you’d like to hear the stuff that’s posted below, it’s the last 7 minutes or so. Finally, for more on “Adventureland”, click here.

Question: You’re getting ready to shoot the new ‘Twilight’ film. What are you most looking forward to?

Kristen Stewart: Just picking up sort of where we left off. The story, there’s like a six month period in between where the first one ended and the second on picks up, but nothing’s changed. They’re at a good, solid point in their relationship. I’m interested to see him leave because that’s what the first one is entirely based on, that abandoned devotion ultimate love story. Now she’s going to be stripped of that and Bella is actually an interesting character on her own. Taylor Lautner is Jacob. It was under deliberation for a while so we’re glad that he’s doing it.

He was saying at the time that he was working out and was going to be twenty pounds heavier.

Kristen: He’s jacked. It’s crazy.

I saw a photo and he looks like he’s on steroids he’s so big.

Kristen: He’s not on steroids.

He must’ve been doing some serious gym time.

Kristen: Yes.

Were you shocked when you saw the transformation?

Kristen: Yeah. I’ve seen the steady progression and I’ve seen him a lot since then. If I had seen Taylor who did ‘Twilight’ to the Taylor right now who’s about to start ‘New Moon’, he’s an entirely different person physically. I mean, it took him so much time. He’s so devoted. He’s amped, he’s really excited.

I heard the third one comes out the following summer. What does that mean for you guys as actors, are you going to be these characters for the next year? Do you get a break in between the next one?

Kristen: I have a movie in between. I do ‘New Moon’ and then we do ‘The Runaways’ and then we do ‘Eclipse’.

Are you Joan Jett?

Kristen: Yes.

So are you looking forward to that?

Kristen: Yes.

What kind of research are you doing?

Kristen: I’m just trying to immerse myself in the music scene, not in the scene, but to educate myself about it.

Has there been any question about playing Joan Jett from the people who are putting out Twilight for all these young teenage girls…

Kristen: Luckily they have nothing to say, yeah.

You’re not concerned about that image at all because of all the young girls who are crazy about you?

Kristen: Joan is such a remarkable role model for any young girl. I mean, she was the first female to start a record label. She was so young, if not eighteen I think she was in her early twenties. She’s an activist. She’s a feminist. She’s a great role model.

Are you going to be doing your own singing?

Kristen: I don’t know yet, to be honest. I want to very badly but I also want it to sound right and I don’t know if it’ll be a combination where they lay our voices on top of each other or if it’ll be just her or just me. We’ll see. We’ll see how able the other actors are to play the music themselves. It would be awesome. We’re definitely on band practice. We’re definitely going to be a group of people who can actually make music together. There’s a lot of performance in the movie.

And Dakota Fanning is in both movies, right?

Kristen: Yep.

Have you worked with her before?

Kristen: No.

So you’ll be spending like the next year with her basically on set.

Kristen: Yeah, absolutely. I’ve always loved what she’s done. She’s very controlled and poised. In terms of her actual work that she makes, it’s always so different. She’s gonna rock this. You talk about a band, she’s going to have to lose herself in this because it’s really pretty heavy.

Is there a sequence that you’re looking forward to shooting?

Kristen: God, yeah. There are so many iconic ones. The relationship that’s really interesting is Cheri and Joan, the two front men of the band. They get tattoos together in Japan and obviously they still have those tattoos. I’m looking forward to that just because it’s such a fun part of the movie. I like the big conflict. Cheri can’t really handle the success, nor does she want it necessarily in that respect. Joan is a very steady, self-assured and she knows this kick started her whole career. So to watch it all fall apart and her still stand, I’m excited about that. It’s a really explosive scene. Amps are kicked through and guitars are smashed.

How is starting ‘New Moon’ knowing what to expect? You know now what the ‘Twlight’ thing is.

Kristen: It’s so much easier. I mean, it’s just experience and it’s realizing that it’s a different world. I’m just more aware. It’s easier. I’m not as freaked out by it. It’s all proven to be fine and at first I was just kind of freaked out. I was scared of it.

Does that mean you can have fun with it or are you still at the point where fun is a possibility?

Kristen: I mean, sometimes things are fun, but as long I just say what I mean and it’s not entirely jumbled and I feel like some things gotten across. As long as I keep doing what I like to do then whatever happens with all this stuff is just going to happen and it’s just whatever.

Are you doing a t-shirt line with Nikki?

Kristen: Oh, yeah, we’re messing around with some t-shirts, but not like a line. I mean, we’re like Sharpie drawing. Maybe you’ll see them and maybe you won’t.

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