Ashley Greene was my last interview of the day during the Breaking Dawn press junket, and I entered her hotel suite at the Four Seasons at 5 p.m. expecting to find her as tired as I was — if not more. She had just come off the European press tour for the film and was now knee-deep in promotion stateside, a whirlwind of interviews and appearances. But the actress, who was recently named the new face of DKNY, was chipper and chatty, dressed in a silky red tank, jeans and sky-high patent-leather beige heels. When I told her I wanted to geek out about fashion with her for the entire interview but was gonna try not to, she joked, “But for a portion, at least!” Sounded good to me!
TheFABlife: What’s helped you grow your style and fashion sense over the years?
Ashley Greene: I think it’s a lot of experiences. With Twilight, there’s been a lot of red carpets, fan events, press and talk shows. I work with a stylist named Christina Ehrlich and she’s been so incredible. She’s very collaborative and never tries to force anything on me.
TFL: Have you learned from past fashion missteps?
AG: I think one of the first mistakes you can make is wearing something because someone told you to wear it. And I’ve done it! We’ve all done it. [Ed. note: Yep, we have!]
I realize I am causing your heads to hurt with this one, Twilighters. Or not. I know there are the die-hard Jasper and Emmett supporters who have eyes for no one but their chosen Cullen vampire. But then there are those of us who will have a very hard time deciding between Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone. But in honor of next week’s Breaking Dawn premiere, we are MAKING you choose.
I don’t normally go for the brawny types, but I might make an exception for Kells — that dimple and mischievous twinkle in his eyes gets me every time. His pre-Twilight modeling career gives him an advantage here, too — the boy knows how to pose. And have you seen pics of him in Immortals?
In the first Twilight, we’re not sure Jackson’s bleached hair did him any real favors, but Jasper has since learned the value of lowlights and really got to shine in battle in Eclipse. Outside of the Twi-verse, he’s got the whole rocker thing going for him. And with those warm hazel eyes and adorable cleft chin, he might be stealing hearts away from the muscle-loving Emmett fans.
This is no Jacob vs. Edward chose here, but it’s a test nonetheless. Flip through the pics and vote. Poll will close at 2 p.m. on Friday.
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At last week’s Breaking Dawn: Part 1 press conference, Kristen Stewart shared that she’s ready to take some time off after shooting Snow White and the Huntsman to figure out what she wants to do next. “It’s the first time in a long time that I haven’t known what I was going to be doing,” she told reporters. “And I don’t want to know. I don’t want to rush it, because I want to have time off and figure out what I’m interested in; what my interests are. I do want a little bit of time to really figure out what I really, really want to do.”
We’re guessing that her focus will remain on her flourishing acting career, because it’s red-hot and she’s über-talented. Kind of a no-brainer. But if the star does decide to take a little break in between her big-screen gigs, we have a few suggestions of other occupations we’d love to see her try. Scroll through our (very Photoshopped) gallery below to check out six of our Kristen Stewart dream jobs. Look out, Paula Deen! Chef Stew is on your buttery heels.
[Spoiler Alert! Bill Condon talks about a scene in Breaking Dawn: Part 1 below. Read at your own risk.]
Robert Pattinson was influential in inspiring an important scene in Breaking Dawn: Part 1, says director Bill Condon. “I met with Rob a couple of months before we started,” Condon told us last week at the film’s Los Angeles press junket. “And we were having a general talk about everything about Twilight. He mentioned something that I hadn’t known before: one thing he’d been playing through out those first three movies [as Edward Cullen] was a man who was filled with regret, self-loathing.”
Pattinson’s inspiration, said Condon, grew from Stephenie Meyer‘s unfinished book Midnight Sun, which details Edward’s decision to dabble in killing humans in the ’30s. Condon explains: “[Edward] realized he’d turned into a monster, and it was something that really weighed on him. Now he’d been playing with that across three movies, but it was barely mentioned in those movies. I went back and worked with [screenwriter] Melissa Rosenberg and we put that into the beginning of the movie. So you understood where Edward was coming from and then you were able to watch him shed that because the person he cared most about said, ‘OK, I see that but I accept you anyway,’ and then he’s able to accept himself.
“So much stuff comes out of working with the actors,” added the director. We’ve seen the scene Condon is referring to and we love that it grew entirely from Rob’s research and relationship with Edward Cullen. We can’t wait to hear what other fans think!
Related: Robert Pattinson Has Future As Writer, Says Breaking Dawn Screenwriter
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Earlier this year Rob Pattinson revealed to Vanity Fair that he was adapting a Lillian Hellman story for the big screen. “It’s a secret,” he later told reporters while promoting Water for Elephants, refusing to divulge details about his writing. The actor has long been modest about his other creative talents and intellectual interests, which he often mocks in interviews. “I sound like such a snobby little sh–,” he said to VF, after discussing his passion for Japanese films.
We like Rob’s smart side, and have long wondered what was up with his secret screenwriting project. We asked Melissa Rosenberg, writer of all five Twilight movies, what she thought about Rob’s pursuits on the page. Turns out, she had no idea she’d been working with an aspiring screenwriter for four years. “Is he really?” she said, after we filled her in. “I wish him luck, it’s tough work.”
When asked what advice she would offer Rob, Rosenberg passed along these sage words. “Just understand the craft, understand structure,” she said. “You can have the talent, but do you have the craft? That’s always the challenge.”
Last night, MTV News’ Josh Horowitz sat down with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner for a half-hour livestream interview that involved a whole lot of squirming, talk of graphic sex and birth scenes, and nostalgia for the past three years of Twilight anticipation. Any event with all three stars is a treat to watch, and this one was no exception. We picked out eight adorable moments that perfectly illustrate their pack-like bond.
Kristen teases Taylor, “Your hair was in the first one,” referring to the awkwardly wigged Jacob in Twilight. “My hair was in the first one. Thanks for reminding me,” he answers.
Asked if we’re ever going to see that infamous first audition footage of Rob and Kristen on Catherine Hardwicke‘s bed, Rob replies, “It’s like the sex scene,” before realizing how that sounds.
A few days ago I wrote an essay on my personal blog called “Why Kristen Stewart Matters,” about the way the actress is presented in the press and why I think she’s a role model for women and girls. So many fans responded positively (wow!) and asked that I tell Kristen how she much inspires them. Because I’m a woman of my word, I did just that at the Breaking Dawn press conference yesterday afternoon. She knows, you guys, she knows! I also asked her if she had processed the important role she plays in the lives of her fans. Her response, which was adorably rambling and wonderfully KStew-esque, is as follows.
“I love that. That’s … it’s really hard to, it’s hard to, I don’t, um, I hate when people say, ‘What advice do you want to give your fans?’ But just to share … Oh god, I don’t even know how to explain this. People that I look up to, you find people in life that are your common, like, ‘Yeah, I’m like you.’ Everyone chooses differently. It’s just weird because this question always does sort of present: ‘So, why are you better?’ And I’m like literally the same, which is why it’s so cool. And I thank them too. The same reason they like me, I’m sure I’d like them, do you know what I mean? It’s like common ground. And because I’m like, placed on this pedestal, it looks like, ‘Wow, it’s so incredible that you can be this way,’ and it’s like, ‘Well, not really because this is so weird, trust me….there’s really no difference.”
She finished by adding: “It is hot in here.” KStew fans, what do you think of her answer? How does Kristen inspire you in your life? Tell us, and we’ll keep telling her!
Related: Kristen Stewart Has “Grown A Lot,” Says Co-Star
We had a serious sit down with the Cullen family matriarch, Elizabeth Reaser, at the Breaking Dawn press junket and she didn’t hesitate when we which of her castmates had grown the most over the course of the Twilight franchise.
“Kristen seems to have grown a lot,” she said immediately. “She’s always been such a great actress and obviously she’s carrying this entire series on her back. … That we can even believe in this world is because we see it through Kristen’s eyes, and she makes it feel real. And I think that she just keeps growing as an actress, and I think it’s so exciting.”
In Breaking Dawn: Part 1 Kristen goes from portraying a high school girl to a wife and mother. Elizabeth tells us she was moved by her transformation. “I was completely blown away. I thought she was really wonderful. It was fun to watch her on set with a kid and to see how she handled that. It was pretty cute.”
Author Stephenie Meyer also spoke about the bond Kristen formed with her onscreen daughter, played by Mackenzie Foy. “She put so much thought into [playing a mom] beforehand,” said the author. “She kind of fell in love with Mackenzie. … She was a natural with it. She just got that instinct to protect on her own.”
How many of you are saying “Awwww!” right now? We are!
Just in case the combo brewing in our bellies of anticipation and mourning for Breaking Dawn and the almost-end of the Twilight era wasn’t crushing enough, Summit dropped this nostalgia-filled bomb on us. The video recaps the series from the earliest days of Edward avoiding Bella’s delicious stink to leaving her crying in the woods to asking for her hand in marriage/vampirism, accompanied by insider commentary from the cast, director Bill Condon and author Stephenie Meyer.
We’re seriously shaking in our Bella-inspired sneakers to see Part 1 of the grand finale.
We pose a lot of questions here at the FABlife. Rarely do we expect the actual subject of our questions to respond. But Christina Perri did just that! After her video for “A Thousand Years” premiered last week, we asked you to pick which Breaking Dawn quote went best with the song. Here’s Christina’s answer:
“The quote from the poll that most fits ‘A Thousand Years’ from the Twilight books is the one about pulling them together under the water forever and loving each other forever,” she told us, referring to this one, from the first night of their honeymoon: ” ‘Don’t be afraid,’ I murmured. ‘We belong together.’ … ‘Forever,’ he agreed, and then pulled us gently into deeper water.”
“I wrote ‘A Thousand Years’ about Edward and Bella being madly in love with each other for the past 1,000 years and for 1,000 more years and forever and ever and ever. So that quote fits the best!”
Makes sense to us. And who are we to argue with a girl with a Twilight-inspired tattoo?