Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has talked plenty about the sexy vampiric romance between her stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, but have you ever wondered how she feels about bringing them together? Apparently the answer is: kind of on the fence. When talking to New York mag about Kristen’s split from previous boyfriend Michael Angarano, Hardwicke admitted, “He’s a wonderful actor. He was in Dogtown, one of my favorites, so I felt pretty bad because I love him and they were such a great couple.” Oh, Catherine. Well, we guess sometimes the truth hurts. For example, when Robsten fans storm your house with torches and jab you all over with pitchforks. All. Over.
Since we’re being candid, what was Catherine’s first impression of the Twilight script, one of five projects Summit Entertainment offered her in 2003 as her possible next movie? “Every one of those scripts sucked,” Catherine reveals. “Oh, Lord, did they suck.” Twilight, however, was still intriguing enough to catch her eye. “I thought the script was horrible, but then I looked it up on the Internet, and I thought, Okay, it’s based on a book and people tend to like it. There’s gotta be something there.'” Oh, oh, now give your secret opinion on Taylor Lautner next! Is his chest just too nice? Kind of, right?
Breaking Dawn Part 1 didn’t quite bring in as much box-office cash as the biggest Twilight movie so far, New Moon, but its $139.5 million opening places it at #5 of the all-time biggest debuts. It’s hard to remember that this mega franchise comes from humble indie roots — but one of the biggest reminders of that is how some of the stars are planning their post-Twilight futures.
Take Nikki Reed, for example. The actress who first came to Hollywood’s attention as the 13-year-old co-writer and co-star of Catherine Hardwicke‘s Thirteen wants to return to her first passion, writing.
“I’m working on a screenplay now,” she told TheFABlife last week. “It’s not autobiographical, but it’s based on a distant, distant family member. And I’m writing music with Paul, and I write on my blog all the time. And I’m thinking about a novel idea right now, so writing is probably my number one priority.”
After all the kerfuffle over Nikki’s quote in Seventeen magazine about not being best friends with the entire cast, we asked which co-stars and directors she’s dying to work with again.
“All of them for different reasons. Right now I’m such a huge fan of Bill Condon‘s, that’s right there in the forefront of my mind. He’s so talented. I was a fan of his long before the series. But all of them for different reasons — Chris Weitz is so talented, David Slade, Catherine Hardwicke who I’ve worked with numerous times. Being in Breaking Dawn and having so many great scenes to work on with Kristen was so great. She and I have been close for many years. It was really exciting to be able to do that with her. And Elizabeth Reaser and Michael Sheen. It’s like, gosh, I don’t know. There is not one!”
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Memoriesssss…like the corners of my mind…No, our eyes aren’t watery – we are straight up CRYING today, because the shooting of Breaking Dawn is officially over. You know what that means, right? No more Twilight movies in production! Ever! Guises…it’s OVER. Okay, so maybe it’s more like the beginning of the end, but we’re still feeling emotional and nostalgic. Some memories we’ve reflected on today as we’ve looked back on three magical years together:
- A time when Robert Pattinson was just “that guy with the hair” to us. How naive we were.
- Nikki and Kristen‘s hand-holding BFF-ship (oh, how times change).
- Cathy Hardwicke just being Cathy! Kooky ol’ Cathy.
- Comic Con! Kristen wore flip flops!
- The 2008 MTV VMAS – the hottest the cast has ever looked on a red carpet, ever.
- Rachelle LaFevre…so beautiful, so missed. Er, what – are we being dramatic?
- The evolution of everyone’s red carpet style. Yes, there was a time when Ashley wore flip flops on carpets and Rob wore all black suits, and oh, they looked adorable.
- Taylor Lauter, pre-abs.
- Edi Gathegi and Cam Gigandet, two of our fave dudes (with the best last names) from the first film who left us too soon. RIP Laurent and James.
- Oregano who?
We dug through a ton of photos today to bring you some of our favorites from the fall of 2008, when Twilight was just being released and the cast had yet to be propelled into mega-fame. Think of it as a Twilight 2008 yearbook, with this as our sign-off: It’s so hard 2 say goodbye 2 yesterday.
You know we love us some Robsten news here! Last week’s details of the couple breaking it down on the dance floor at the Chateau Marmont made us squeal, so you can imagine our glee when Twilight‘s director Catherine Hardwicke opened up about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart‘s epic romance. It’s an EPIC romance, okay — which is totally softly lit and sexy in real life too. And no one can tell us otherwise.
Since Catherine didn’t really have that much faith in him, RPattz had to get to L.A on his own for the original audition. She explained, “I looked at a couple pictures and was like, ‘I’m not sure’. He had been fired from his last job, he was unemployed, he was in debt”. Apparently, KStew came to Rob’s rescue. “Kristen was like, ‘It’s got to be Rob!’ She felt connected to him from the first moment. The electricity, or love at first sight, or whatever is is.” Hah. See it was destined. That attraction between the now-couple was so palpable that it actually had Hardwicke worried, so much so that she had to lay down the law with him. She says she told Rob, “You’ve got to realize that Kristen is 17 years old. She’s underage. You’ve got to focus, dude or you’re going to be arrested. I made him swear on a stack of Bibles.” Hardwicke—who’s directing Red Riding Hood now—also has a piece of that romance right at home. Her beachfront property’s bed is where Rob kissed Kristen for the first time. For the screen test that is, and she said, “That bed made Pattinson who he is right now.” Looks like art mirrors life in this case!
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Well, it’s kinda official: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are indeed a couple! Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has definitely-maybe confirmed their relationship in an interview with Time magazine. She says: “After I cast him, I told Rob, ‘Don’t even think about having a romance with her. She’s under 18. You will be arrested.'”
When pressed about the status of their alleged love affair, Hardwick adds, “I didn’t have a camera in the hotel room. I cannot say. But in terms of what Kristen told me directly, it didn’t happen on the first movie. Nothing crossed the line while on the first film. I think it took a long time for Kristen to realize, ‘O.K., I’ve got to give this a go and really try to be with this person.'”
Um, so…there you have it. Kristen straight-up told her that she and Rob are getting that bed head from bedding each other, and hey – they held hands in public! What other proof do we need? Well, okay – a kiss would be nice. [Photo: GettyImages]