The 22-year-old actress opened up recently about saying farewell to the franchise that made her a household name and discussed future movie plans, wanting to become a mom and how the bond between her, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will last forever.
So for you Twi-hards, here's the Q&A of everything Kristen had to say…
Q: Bella's a tiger let out of a cage in this one. What was that like as an actress, especially doing it at the same time as Breaking Dawn – Part 1?
Kristen: I was really lucky to have played human Bella for so long. The best aspects of every vampire, all of their gifts, everything that makes them really special is always an enhanced version of when they were human. I really did get to play an incredibly well-rounded version of a vampire just because I got to take those steps for real. If you were to take the fact that she becomes a vampire completely away, this is just a more realized version of who she's been the entire time.
It's why it touches so many people I think too. I think it really does represent that stage of life where you’re full and pumping. Full and bubbling over with something that maybe you can’t put your finger on. If you’re the type of person, or a girl, who has faith in themselves enough to not ignore those feelings and find out why they are there.
People kind of think she’s nuts the entire time. It’s like Bella is always losing it, she’s making very odd decisions and they are fully informed by feeling. And I think that now it all makes sense and she can stand up and go, ‘Woo, I told you. It was worth it and we held on for a reason.’ And it’s really satisfying and a lot of fun.
It was also like breaking her in like a car, asking 'How fast? How fast can she go?' Yeah it was fun .
Q: What did you keep from the set?
Kristen: I kept the rings. The rings are really important to me. Her mother gives her a moon ring at the beginning and it fully and completely reminds me of Catherine Hardwicke every time I look at it. And the wedding ring I have too. Other than that, Bella's not really into stuff. There aren’t a whole lot of props. The rings are really, extremely important to me.
Q: For you, what was the moment when you realized how big this thing was going to be?
Kristen: It's grown so much, even recently. I don't know if we've ever – I've never realized the extent it’s gotten to. Comic Con for me was the first time I was ever hit with a wave of human energy, and I knew this wasn't a normal movie.
We've always approached Twilight – it felt like something very much our own. That first dose of sharing it with the fans was mind blowing.
The coolest thing about the job actually – when you have that on set with the director, anytime you like something together, you're going to like it more. After that it was like, woah… we’re really going places. I was really excited and incredibly overwhelmed admittedly. It’s kind of the greatest part of the job is being able to share that.
Q: Now that Bella's a vampire, you got to do kick ass stunt work. Talk about that?
Kristen: I broke my thumb like the second day so that was really frustrating but it was a lot of fun though. I got a little taste of the [stunt work] when we were in Italy. The physicality was so important then – then it finally became important again. What can I say.. I've been on the sidelines for so long, just itching to get involved as a vampire. So I was bursting to do it. And that's probably why I broke my thumb, I was a little overzealous.
Q: If you could pause your life at one age, what would it be?
Kristen: I don't know – I haven't gotten to that point yet. I'm not sure, someone asked me recently and I couldn't answer it then either. I just haven't gotten to that point of wanting to pause life yet.
Q: How did Bella's journey parallel with your own journey?
Kristen: Without taking any of the truth out of this.. it's all sort of general. Like I was just saying, it's about that period: "Do I go with this, or is that crazy?" I think as an adult, the answer is "absolutely." You question yourself along the way, and you should ever stop doing that. You should always question, push harder. I think it gets a little easier – I definitely feel a bit more realized – a lot more actually. It was just by chance we happen to be the same age. It's a tough one because she lives so many years in such a tiny period of time. I think I’ve grown up a little bit. I don’t know.
Q: How have these movies affected your film career going forward with new film choices?
Kristen: A question that I can't answer, "What do you want to do next? What is your dream role? What do you want? Where do you see yourself?” It doesn't make any sense because it's such an outsiders perspective suddenly you’re going like, ‘Why don’t people look at me like this?’ Until you see it – what are you responding to? You’re responding to other people’s perspectives of you which is so weird.
And why a lot of actors do what they do and I don’t get that. Things have fallen in my lamp and I've gotten incredibly – insanely lucky to get the right feelings and meet people that share them and if I could keep doing that I would be a happy girl.
I think that it’s always been a pretty impulsive thing. You can read a fantastic script and that’s not necessarily… it may not be in you to do. One thing that I don’t think that I do is play characters. As soon as you start claiming that you can be someone that you’re not.. you’re crazy.
Scripts can really surprise you and you go, wow, I did not know I would respond to something. I did not know I had that in me so the process of making the movie is just finding that and digging a little deeper.
I think that’s why maybe I’ve played parts that are really similar to me because I’m young and I’ve wanted to explore things that are more apparent to me and now getting to the point where I want to dig a little deeper. You can shock yourself a little bit with this and that’s what I would like to do.
Q: What was it like playing a mother? Did it change how you look at your own mom?
Kristen: I think that it might be something you're born with. Some people have really really strong, natural instincts and desires to be a mom. That was one of my favorite parts of the story from day one. There was never enough about that in the script for me. Luckily Stephenie Meyer has been really involved in the last one especially because she’s on set every single day and it was something that we were really together about.
I don’t think it’s changed much. It was one aspect I was really most excited to play. It feeds into the vampires have slightly more animalistic nature so it was perfect for it. What better way to show that.
I have a great relationship with my mom. She can be a bit feral when it comes to being a mom. I think that’s just kind of what it is. If I had an answer I would totally give it.
I can't wait to be a mom… but I can wait (laughs)
Q: What bonds have the three of you formed that 10, 20 years from now only you will understand?
Kristen: It’s nice to not be alone in that I guess. There are a lot of people that are exceedingly famous. I guess we share the movies. Another really common question is, "What's it going to be like to walk away from this?" Generally I don't have to walk away from anything. It’s what I love about this job – you hold these things. I wouldn’t have done it in the first place unless it was something I would always carry. I think Rob and Taylor feel the same way. They tell me they do.
Q: Are you glad it's over? Finally?
Kristen: I'm so happy that the story is told, you have no idea. Usually you have five weeks, five months to look at a schedule. We had five years. So the fact that this thing is out and it's not weighing on us anymore – SUPER excited about that. I don’t want it to sound like I’m excited just to be done with the experience because to be hones it’s such a particular tone. Anything like, reshoots, conversations with past directors, anything, it just falls right back into that. It’s a feeling. I will definitely miss that. But I again, I feel like it’s not going anywhere. I feel like any time anything is brought up or you see someone… It is sad. It is strange. But it’s normal. Things shouldn’t stay stagnant. You’ve got to move on.
Q: Would you be open to doing another film series?
Kristen: Yeah. It depends, it's hard to sign on to something before you know what it’s going to be .
Q: Say they wanted you to sign on for something that's five films. Would you say yes?
Kristen: My guess is probably not, only because it's rare to find something that lends itself to that. I’ve never been a huge fan of any comic book, or a huge fan of any.. As of now probably not. But never say never.
Q: Would you like to live forever?
Q: Has there ever been a question you wish the press asked you?
Kristen: No.. thankfully.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 hits theaters on November 16.
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