SAN DIEGO — Taylor and Kristen sitting in a tree ... A-C-T-I-N-G?
Calling November's "New Moon" the one "Twilight" novel that "intimidated" her, Kristen Stewart knows that millions of fans will see the film in November to watch her make googly eyes at Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. But the most pleasant surprise of the sequel, she insists, will be watching the intense acting that the franchise stars had to employ to navigate Stephenie Meyer's complex love triangle.
In this exclusive interview, Kristen and Taylor talk to MTV about the Bella/Jacob relationship, some new scenes that were added to the script and the intense days on set that nearly "killed" KStew.
MTV: Kristen, in your opinion, how is the relationship between Bella and Jacob in "New Moon" different than the one between Edward and Bella in "Twilight"?
Kristen Stewart: It's such a different relationship; it's like entirely original.
MTV: It seems much more playful.
Stewart: Yeah, exactly. They're light; they actually have fun with each other. Edward and Bella are always so strange, you know?
Taylor Lautner: It's always so tense.
Stewart: And only he can bring her out of that rut. Like, she literally is going to die; she's going to stop eating and be done. And the only thing that brings her out of it is this lightness [Jacob] brings.
MTV: What is one of the main things you're eager for us to see when "New Moon" hits theaters in November?
Lautner: I think the biggest thing you learn is that I disappear for a while, and she starts going through a separate depression. You go into a depression — would you call it that? — when I leave.
Stewart: Oh my God, yeah.
Lautner: Then she comes back to discover that I'm a werewolf, so that's the big boom. Yeah, I get to transform into a werewolf a couple times, which is awesome.
MTV: What was the stunt work like in those scenes?
Lautner: Well, Jacob's thing is he actually can transform in midair. So I got to do these really cool stunts where I got to actually run and then they'd hook me up on wires and I'd jump up in the air and then I'd come to a jolting stop and have to hang there for a bit. That's what you saw in the trailer, actually. That was a lot of fun. I get to do a lot of cool stunts in this one.
Stewart: That cute, little, fuzzy wolf.
MTV: He is very huggable. Tell us about one scene that you read either in Stephenie Meyer's book or in Melissa Rosenberg's screenplay that you were like, "Man, that's going to be tough to pull off," and tell us how you were able to figure it out.
Stewart: "New Moon" is riddled with all of that. I think it's the one book in the series that I was intimidated by — in a good way. That's the best feeling to start a movie with. But probably, my favorite line in the book is when I have to say to [Jacob], "It's him; it's always been him!" Like, I have to say that. Yeah, it killed me, it killed me.
MTV: It was a tough day to shoot?
Stewart: Yeah, and just like everything in our movie, it's such a heightened version of reality. It's like, people don't just break up [in the "Twilight" films] — they break up and it literally kills you. It's not like you just say, "Oh, I'm really depressed and crying." Everything is supposed to be a fantasy version of that. So I always had a really hard time figuring out, "Am I doing enough? Do I look like I'm going to die?"
MTV: Yeah, it would be tough to be the most dramatic person in the world, but without being cheesy. And Taylor?
Lautner: ["New Moon"] is very complicated. There's a lot of heartbreak, there's a lot of things going on. Edward leaves at the beginning, she goes into this depression, I come to try and bring her out of it. Then I go through my own issues, and then she leaves me. It's all over the place, and there's a lot going on, and there's many of those scenes that you described.
MTV: Which was your favorite to shoot?
Lautner: My favorite one was — well, we call it the breakup scene — but it's the scene right after she sees me shirtless and I've cut off my hair, all different for the first time. I have to tell her that we can't be friends anymore.
Stewart: He attempts to break up with me — but it doesn't work out.