Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
Sorry ladies, it doesn't seem that Robert Pattinson is inclined to have an elaborate, extravagant wedding based on what he said at the Breaking Dawn press conference. See for yourself what he thinks about the groom being "just a prop" as well as what Kristen Stewart had to say about what image comes to mind when she envisions a pregnant Bella, and what went through Taylor Lautner’s mind the first time he found out his character Jacob "imprinted" on a baby.
Q: Kristen, did any of Bella’s qualities stick with you after portraying her for so many years?
Kristen Stewart: Not really, only because I'm pretty wrapped up in her. I've always felt that you really project yourself onto a character. If you're the type of girl to identify with Bella, then you just kind of are her. I genuinely had to justify every decision she made the whole way through. Sometimes your character in films would do things you wouldn't do. You're not playing yourself all the time, but somehow, I could not disagree with her, ever.
Q: Robert, how has your Twilight experience affected you?
Robert Pattinson: It presented a whole variety of obstacles in terms of how you grow and figure out who you want to be. It's like a very complicated maze. I didn't even know if I was going to continue acting before this happened, and now, I have much more of a drive and passion for it than I ever did before.
Q: Kristen, what do Taylor and Rob bring to the experience?
Stewart: I can't imagine what this movie would've been if I didn't have really, really solid – and always growing – relationships with them… When you work with people like that, you can give so much, you're so comfortable, you can do no wrong. We got along and so it shows.
Q: Taylor, are you a little bummed that Edward got the hot vampire bride and you got a baby as your soul mate?
Taylor Lautner: I've gotten over that by now. But originally, I remember the first time reading the fourth book… I was so confused. He's trying to get Bella the whole time, and he strikes out – so he goes with her child?! You have to tread lightly because [imprinting, the process by which wolves soul-mate for life] is a very special thing, and it's not romantic at all. We definitely had to film in a certain way and I think that Bill did an incredible job with that. Luckily we had Stephenie [Meyer] on set the entire time. Trust me, I asked her a million times, explain to me one more time what imprinting is. Now, after seeing the final version, I'm really happy with it. It's emotional, and they did a really cool job with flashbacks and tying in a voiceover. So it really is a very special moment, but on the day [we filmed], it was a leap of faith.
Q: Taylor, can you understand why Jacob would not just let Bella go?
Lautner: I go back and forth with Jacob's persistence. Most of the time, yeah, I can understand it, because there've been things in my life that I have wanted so much and when you're told no, you just gotta go for it. If you're told no, and you say oh ok, and you give up, I wouldn't be sitting here today. If you believe in something, if you love something, you gotta go for it no matter what. So most of the time, I could relate.
Q: How hectic was it to keep switching from human Bella in various stages of pregnancy to vampire Bella since the filming was out of sequence?
Stewart: She's always looking into the future and thinking about what she's going to achieve, and ultimately in this movie, she does get everything she wants. Being able to play a vampire, a human, a woman who's pregnant, literally, sometimes within the same day, or sometimes the same week, actually helped remind me [of that]more. Everything felt more important and more relevant to me… I think if we did it more systematically, it just wouldn't have been the same…. It was so overwhelming that it was good. It gives you that energy every day.
Q: It looked like you lost a lot of weight in some of the pregnancy scenes. How were those done?
Stewart: Digital. We would've had to shut down production for a couple months while I lost the weight or gained it back, whichever we did first. It does make you feel like, "Oh I hope you guys do a good job!" It can ruin you if you look ridiculous. And obviously I don't, so those guys are amazing at what they do.
Q: What do you think about the stages of marriage and childbirth that Bella went through and how did you relate?
Stewart: It crams a lot of milestones into one movie. I really did get to live 10 to 15 years even though it’s only been four to five years [making the movies]. It's a much more full experience than you really would ever get to have with a girl that age because of her unique situation. It's funny, it's such a farfetched story – but it's really not, if you compare it to somebody who's my age and not in agreement with people that think they're making the wrong decision. That's such a common position to be in.
My favorite image, every time I think about this installment – I just think of a cat in the corner: claws out, belly swollen, like stay the f--- away from me, and it's so cool.
Q: Robert, what did you think of the birth scene when you first read it?
Pattinson: I read the script before I read the book on this one. It's the first time I've done that. I read that scene being kind of astonished… It was terrifying going into it. It was one of the most incredible scenes to do. Because of the violence in it, it gave you a lot of freedom in the scene, and having every character so desperate, it became something very, very different… You're suddenly playing Edward stuck between an emaciated dummy's legs churning through a placenta, getting cream cheese all over your face [laughs] and strawberry jam, and then pulling out a 3-week-old baby out of it – with a wig on!
Q: Kristen, what's on your iPod right now?
Stewart: Adele's new album. I'm doing Snow White right now. I've choreographed whole marches with my army behind me! It's really good for the story... hit the nail right on the head. Amazing. She's incredible. I kind of only listen to things for the movie right now.
Q: What was going through your mind during the wedding scene?
Stewart: I had a million different things going through my head. What I kept telling myself was, "Stop, stop, stop. Just do it. Actually have this experience because you're just about to ruin it. Find yourself in this moment and just appreciate it."
Q: Robert, have you ever considered whether or not you'd want an elaborate wedding in real life?
Pattinson: I don't know. It does seem like a bit of a hassle. I was just [talking about it] to Kristen. She kind of got annoyed when she heard the saying that the groom's role in a wedding is basically just as a prop. I mean, even playing the part, you realize it's such a clear indication of whose day it is when you're standing at one end of the aisle, and the entire congregation is looking the other way, and you're in the same suit as every other guy in the place [laughs]. You're just kind of waiting there, and she's in her princess dress, walking down. Any guy who tries to get involved in organizing a wedding or even has an opinion of what the wedding should be, they're kind of ridiculous. It's really whatever your wife decides to do. I really don't mind, I just don't want to have to wear a silly outfit.
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