*NEW* USA Today Interview WIth Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner

*NEW* USA Today Interview WIth Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner

Really cute interview, you'll enjoy this


CHICAGO — Dashingly disheveled Robert Pattinson has an infectious, high-pitched laugh that would never do for his seductive vampire lover-boy, Edward Cullen.
Buff-and-polished Taylor Lautner is pocket-size compared with the looming stature of his werewolf counterpart, Jacob Black.

Casual yet cool Kristen Stewart can be a real chatterbox, unlike her moody Bella Swan, the high schooler in a romantic tug of war between these two supernatural objects of teen desire.

Lucky girl, right? "Yeah, but that's in the movies," Stewart says about bringing to life the modern-day Gothic heroine from the insanely popular Twilight book series (85 million copies sold so far). "I'm just the ultimate fan. If you read a story and you like it andconnect to it, it probably means you've inserted yourself in the story, and I get to do that on the most glorified level possible."

Hollywood fantasy regularly blends with everyday reality for these three blazing-hot rising stars. It has taken a while for a cultural navigator like Oprah Winfrey to zero in on the heat behind the literary-spawned phenom. But on this early May morning, Twilight fever is raging at Harpo Studios as the actors file into the backstage area after taping a show that aired Thursday. The occasion? Eclipse, the third chapter in an already billion-dollar worldwide franchise that arrives June 30.

The actors are unfazed by the shrieking adoration of a largely female audience, many in black Twilight T's — Team Edward and Team Jacob are duly represented — and all handpicked for their passion for the epic movie series based on author Stephenie Meyer's four-part saga.

"It's so nice sometimes, preaching to the converted," says Pattinson, 24, the London-born overnight sex symbol and primary reason for the screams. Thanks to his devoted worshipers, he has been elevated from a little-known Harry Potter supporting player to one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world in less than three years. They were out in force the night before at a Winfrey-sponsored screening of an unfinished print of Eclipse. Afterward, a firestorm of fan Tweets rife with "OMGs" gushed about the much-anticipated sequel to 2008's Twilight and last year's New Moon.

Once Stewart, 20, painstakingly signs Winfrey's guest book and Lautner, 18, stops practicing his grape-tossing parlor trick, the castmates settle into a buttery leather sofa to talk about such topics as the iconic moments that are re-created in Eclipse, run-ins with other celebrities and what the post-Twilight future holds.

The fame game

But, first, the pain of fame that comes from being on the paparazzi's most-wanted list is addressed. When New Moon opened last fall, barely a day went by without seeing a headline about Lautner and country cutie Taylor Swift or speculation on whether Pattison and Stewart are a real-life couple.

Although, lately, the frenzy has calmed somewhat, judging by the number of Twilight-free magazine covers at grocery checkouts. "I don't know if this is the actual reason why, but we have gotten better at hiding over the last year," Pattinson says.

"That's totally the reason," Stewart concurs. "They just make up a story to go along with the pictures. If they never get the picture, there's no story. We are just good hiders now."

Such subterfuge includes neither confirming nor denying that they are in a relationship. Yet there clearly is some sort of special connection between the two, what with their playful teasing and personal asides. Let's just say it wasn't Lautner who placed a hand on Pattinson's leg during a portion of the interview.

But all three take their Twilight-related duties to heart, whatever they might require. Stewart even leaps up in a panic at one point, fearing she misspelled a word in her salutation to Winfrey. She checks the book: "Believe — ie or ei?"

"I before e except after c," Pattinson responds. She checks. "Oh, yeah," she says with a triumphant fist pump.

Pattinson laughs. "I almost spelled Oprah wrong. I almost wrote Opera."

The actors are keen to know how Eclipse played to the crowd at the screening and are pleased to hear that every element has been heightened: the horror, the romance, the three-way interaction among their characters, the touches of humor that often come at the expense of Edward and Jacob's rivalry — especially after they forge a testy alliance to save Bella from a roving gang of rabid newborn vampires.

Stewart says of Eclipse's positive early reception: "It is a well-oiled machine at this point. We have had a lot of time to establish what this thing is about and a lot of time to consider it. And they gave us so much more money this time. So that is exciting."

Pattinson, looking bemused, quickly clarifies her statement. "For the film. The budget."

Stewart is chagrined. "Oh, my God. No, no. That didn't even occur to me. They gave us so much more money to make the film look good!"

The leads did get raises — Stewart and Pattinson are taking home a reported $7.5 million each plus a percentage of the gross, Lautner gets $5 million — while the production's price tag grew to $65 million, still modest compared with similar franchises.

Yet the few extra bucks seem to have paid off, especially with the effects. Even Lautner's CG wolf alter-ego is more adorable than in New Moon. "Yeah," says the actor, sheepishly. "It was very cuddly. I don't know if that's what we were aiming for."

He waffles over the wisdom of sharing an anecdote about the scene in which the vicious horse-sized beast sweetly nuzzles Bella and she scratches his ear. After a little coaxing, he relents.

"That day I came on set and put on this tight gray spandex suit ..."

"There is dialogue and I talk to him," Stewart explains. "I said, 'How am I going to do this without Taylor?' " So instead of the actress pretending that a massive computer-animated wolf was nearby, Lautner volunteered to be its stand-in.

"Basically, it looked like a Teletubby," he continues about his outfit. "I had this circle on the face but everything else was covered. It was weird. But, yeah, I stood there and would literally bend over ..."

"I would actually pet his head," Stewart adds.

Pattinson, meanwhile, struggled with Edward's rather formal proposal to Bella, which reflects the fact that although his vintage vampire looks 17, he hails from the turn of the last century.

"I was dreading the day it was coming," he says of the scene that was held until the very end of the shoot. "The first time I read the script, I thought, 'This is impossible.' " References to "promenades" and sharing "iced tea on the porch" as Edward explains how he would have courted Bella in the old days especially stuck in his throat. "It's so earnest. I finally convinced the producers that you can play it with a bit of awareness of not being a fictional character. I'm not trying to be part of a Gothic novel."

When Pattinson finally watched it, however, he was pleasantly surprised. "It seems different when you see it."

Their profiles have grown with each film, and celebrity status does afford them the chance to mingle with their own idols. Although, more often than not, the other stars are the ones bedazzled as they request autographs for their Twilight-crazed kids.

"I took a picture with Ron Howard last year at the Oscars," Pattinson recalls. "I thought it was the funniest thing. I asked, 'Is it for your kids?' He said, 'No, it's for me. I want to have it on my phone.' " Making the situation even odder: Howard's daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, is in Eclipse.

Alas, Pattinson has yet to run into his favorite, Jack Nicholson.

Stewart pipes up: "I have."

Pattinson: "What? When did you meet?"

Stewart: "At a screening for Into the Wild," her 2007 coming-of-age drama directed by Sean Penn. "He was exactly like you think he would be."

Pattinson, sounding peeved: "You never told me that."

Lautner joins in. "I didn't meet him but I sat next to him at a Lakers game."

Pattinson, utterly exasperated: "What?" (Kate: LOL this is SO how I would react if I found out that one of my friends had met Rob LOL)

Life beyond 'Twilight'

Next subject. The three are actively trying to ward off post-Twilight typecasting by doing solo projects in between. Stewart and Pattinson, both bookworms and drawn to art-house fare, earned OK reviews but underwhelming ticket sales for their two recent releases, the girl-band bio The Runaways and the romantic melodrama Remember Me.

But they continue to be in demand for more mature roles. Stewart is psyched to be a part of a big-screen version of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, which starts shooting in August. Pattinson recently wrapped his work on the London set of Bel Ami as a 19th-century social-climbing rogue opposite Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman and Christina Ricci. Does he bed all three?

"Yes, but they're not like typical love scenes at all," he says.

Adds Stewart: "They're all a little weird. A little edgy. And a little nude." Chuckling ensues.

Meanwhile, Lautner — a natural athlete who played a high school track star in the box-office-topping ensemble comedy Valentine's Day— seems to be angling to become the next big action hero with upcoming roles in the thriller Abduction and Stretch Armstrong, a 3-D adventure based on a toybox muscleman.

Did he ever own one of the dolls, whose limbs could be pulled and elongated like taffy? "I don't remember having one at my house, but I totally remember stretching that sucker."

Then there is the next Twilight feature, Breaking Dawn, opening Nov. 18 next year. The fourth and presumably final book is so jammed with life-altering events — a wedding, first-time sex between Bella and Edward, a grotesquely painful birth — that there has been talk of doing two films back to back. And it might even be in 3-D. But the actors can confirm only their involvement.

What has been decided is that Breaking Dawn's director will be Bill Condon, the filmmaker behind Dreamgirlsand Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Chicago.

Have they met Condon, who already posted a letter on Facebook reassuring fans of his appreciation of the material and that the film most definitely will not be a musical despite his résumé?

Lautner nods yes.

Pattinson: "When did you meet him?" Lautner: "One day." Stewart: "Did you have a meeting?" Lautner: "No, no." Pattinson: "I literally met him three nights ago."

Stewart, in a mock snit: "Well, he obviously doesn't want to meet me."



nzkstewlover said...

Love this interview. It's so cute.

"Let's just say it wasn't Lautner who placed a hand on Pattinson's leg during a portion of the interview."


DJ_ said...



RTP_KJS_Lover said...

Um, Rob what ya lookin at in that picture? Lol! Checking out your girl, huh? LOVE IT!

Really cute article. Love the banter between them. It's so obvious...

Guess Taycob didn't have his box to stand on! "Pocket size."

Anonymous said...

God lucky bi*** Kristen..How i wish i would be the one touching parts of rob's body...LMAO...

Kelly Louise said...

AMAZING interview. Poor Rob, I felt for him when he found out Kristen and Taylor had both sort of "met" Jack Nicholson, haha. What I wouldn't give to see a video of this, that would be too darn adorable. I love the part(s) where Rob corrects Kristen. So cute.

Anonymous said...

just found this cute, I know reading too much into things, but it's still cute
[Rob-'we have gotten better at hiding'
Kris- 'We are just good hiders now']

Cute interview all around. I can almost see the pout on Rob's face when Taylor says he sat next to JN at the Laker's game. LOL

Cheeky Chops said...


nuff said.

nikola6 said...

Again, they have answered the question in their own little way...

"WE have gotten better at hiding."

"WE are such good hiders now."

The opperative word being "WE".

How anyone can keep on denying this is beyond me.

And I gotta say, that is one of the cutest pics of Kristen I've ever seen. And I love that they've both ditched the shoes they wore on the show in favor of their tennies.

And I'm thinking that maybe why this interview is so cute or rather relaxed (especially for Kristen) is that she's not on camera. I really think that makes a difference with her comfort level. Something about that camera sets her on edge. Don't blame ya darlin'.

And I'm really excited about this role she's snagged in On The Road. This is gonna be one anticipated film. Hollywood has been toying with this story for only about 50 years.

About damn time.

And I have to laugh at all the naysayers who say that these two cannot act. Well somebody thinks they can. 'Cause they sure are snagging some interesting roles.

Unknown said...

Please please who ever is out there, don't make Breaking Dawn into a 3D movie! Why would you do that? It doesn't make ANY sense!

jc(britlover) said...

Love this interview!!!

LMAO-yes, the box is gone!!

JGroIsMyEdward said...

"Less Than Three" (<3)

Need more interviews like this.

jmm4832 said...

Cute interview! Nik, you'd be surprised how many people still think Rob and Kristen are playing a PR game which is just the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Yeah, Kristen is a famewhore and flew to Budapest to get her name and picture in the press, LOL.

Est said...

what an amazing interview! so genuine!

Est said...

BTW, BD in 3D??????? WTF!!!!!!

(love speaking like this ;)

Please, less BD and more RM, Bel-Ami, WFE, Into the Wild, Adventureland, The Runaways, On the Road...

jlsentangledweb said...

cute interview and even cuter photo...Rob, watcha lookin' at;)

Jazz_Girl317 said...

I absolutely adore this interview. I love how chagrinned Rob is that both Kristen and Taylor have encounterd Jack and he has yet to. Patience, Rob. Patience.

Rob ass-checking his girl. Priceless.

The copious use of the word "we" by both Rob & Kristen. More priceless.

Est said...

new pic of the trio from the oprah moment, it seems it's from a newspaper maybe?


solas said...

I am VERY confused about timelines here. How can BD be out in November, if they did not film it yet, and Rob is working on WFE, and kristen is doing 'on the Road' in August???

And will Rob's hair grow back in time to do BD if they are doing it after WFE, or will he have to wear (GASP)a wig?

Or am I misunderstanding totally, and BD is actually due out in November 2011???

Anonymous said...

@solas- they are slated to begin filming BD this November and it has a release date of November 18 2011

skorpia said...

Ok now Im pissed-Jack N was at the Haiti telethona and Rob was there too. UNLESS they were on different stages or something -he could have met him there!! Poor ROb- I was ecstatic to see Jack in his shades taking phone calls. I thought Rob met him fo shizzle by now.

Loisada said...

Thnx Est-Rock for the pic link.

Could the question be answered any more clearly, save by a real life diamond? Glad to see and read more relaxed behavior from Rob lately... it must feel damn good!

solas said...

ahh, thanks Jenna!

Cin2607 said...

OMG they are sooo cute!!!
same thought over here lol, eyes up front rob...eyes up front, i know she has a nice *ahem* backside but you gotta control yourself!
I love it how kristen talks about the scenes in bel ami....i wonder how she knows....
ohh and kristen: how dare you not tell rob you met jack nicholson in 2007? you know you HAD to give him a play by play of that day! lol

Jack said...

The interview was cute, but the perplexing part is the desperate need for so many to read so much into so little. I am one of those who believes or can see Robsten for what it is. These two kids are friends, they are close, but I think that this fandom is so obsessed with a real life ExB that they miss the forest for the trees. It's annoying when we have a great article where Kristen doesn't come across as a self-obsessed, obnoxious, adolescent and Taylor doesn't sound like a robot, and the fans are so focused on trying to find hints where there are none.

Rob appears to be a genuine guy. I don't see him denying anything. Call me "unrealistic" I prefer rational human being, but I feel that these two are truly good friends that are passively allowing the public to draw their own conclusions.

Ana73 said...

That was a really good interview for the three of them, i would have loved to have SEEN it :)

i love the taunt to rob that kristen met jack and taylor sat by him and rob nothing LOL.

AP said...

A decent interview for a change - that allows more of who they are - as does the pic. lol

Haystackhair said...

That was really cute!! Dang I can't wait to see nude Rob in Bel Ami!!!

solas said...

I am so glad to see Kristen put her trainers back on! Heels are SOOO not good for the health!

Caroline said...

Nikolas 6; did i ever tel you that i love your comments?!

AP said...

With Kristen teasing Rob about Bel Ami: oh - duh - about why the 'seconds' joke on Oprah wasn't a suprise to K - given her role in the On the Road. Or I'm 'reading in' again... ;)

lallieb said...

Very cute interview and pictures as well.
As an aside, @Jack, I know a lot of good friends and had a few myself, but I haven't felt the need to FLY half way around the world to share with them every holiday, birthday, and milestone career event! I would just pick up the phone. But, maybe, that's just me. There are other pretty obvious clues, but not worth getting into.

lallieb said...

BTW, Jack, I do agree about the obsession for real-life E&B. Which may be a part of the reason for their keeping it private. They haven't always been together, they WERE friends first, then something changed during filming of NM.

Loisada said...

Jack, I fully respect your right to draw your own conclusions from what you see, but am rather perplexed (annoyingly amused?!) by your need to make sweeping generalizations about anyone who doesn't share your view.

I personally am not a fan of Twilight and have no desire to see Pattinson and Stewart associated with E&B any more and any longer than necessary. Thank heaven they are not a real-life E&B. Neither are they that mythical being cavalierly referred to as a Robsten.

I enjoy gazing at the forest and the trees, thank you. And as I admire both of these very genuine young people, I simply have little doubt about what I see genuinely expressed between them.
My right.

Of course, if I believed that Kristen was usually
"self-obsessed, obnoxious, adolescent," I might not be inclined to trust in her genuineness and might read underlying motivations into R's & K's interactions.

But as that is not the case with me, I'll keep on trusting myself to interpret what I hear and see, and I'll keep believing that what is being said in interviews is true. I'll also continue to believe that R & K are not PR puppets, and this is not a string-a-long game. Honestly, brewing up "unique friendship" scenarios to explain things away is just too much work! If it looks like a duck, and swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck..... I'm not going to try and get its DNA on the outside chance it might possibly be some kind of freak goose!

kezcullen said...

great interview with a glaring stuff up.
'remember me'(cost 16 million) has taken around 50 million worldwide- that's a successful film by any standard and particularly good in light of the botched marketing scummit did.
'the runaways' on the other hand, cost 10 million and has yet to take 4. not so successful.

bev said...

Thanks Loisada

I wanted to comment on Jack too but you did a great post, so now I dont need to. I dont understand why some people are do into trying to find a reason for what is so obvious?

Fae007 said...

Rob is good at grammar! :)
I can't believe Kristen had to look up to see how to write a word "believe".

Sorry, I'm not bashing, that just couldn't go unnoticed by me!

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AP said...

@Loisada: :DD Have to say it...why a duck? why no a chicken? all I know is it's a viaduct...

Fae007 said...


I don't, sorry...

LeslieHeartsRob said...

Such a good interview!!!

When Rob says "What?!" about them meeting Jack.....does anybody else "hear" it in a high pitched almost squeal?? Like from one of those MTV Twilight Tuesday interviews?????

That's one of the many reasons why I love him!!!

Loisada said...

Leslie: WhaauUUAAT?

TotallyRobbed said...

A real interview for a change! Nice one.

Lots of little details about them coming in these days - hand on his leg. Sweet!

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