After a summer of speculation about an awkward Breaking Dawn — Part 2 press tour, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s first joint interviews proved the naysayers wrong.
Make that very wrong.
Sitting down with MTV’s Josh Horowitz yesterday — apart from one tumbleweed moment when Horowitz asked which of them googled themselves the most — the couple, and co-star Taylor Lautner, seemed relaxed and playful.
After a brief introduction by their host, Lautner kicked off 30 minutes of lighthearted banter. Asked the obligatory question about how he felt about the franchise coming to an end Lautner said:
“We’ve been saying ‘how is it gonna feel’ for so long that I felt like it’s been over already for like a year and a half.”
In between the ribbing and giggling, Stewart responded to a question about the present press tour being the last time the group would be interviewed together. The actress replied:
“For the last few press junkets they’ve [Summit Entertainment] have been separating everyone a lot which is silly. I think it’s more interesting to watch this [all three actors] which is why we love hanging out with you man.”
Somewhat hysterically, the pair were bashful when asked about the masks they wore to the Maroon-5 hosted Halloween party at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Wednesday night.
After seeing pictures of herself wearing a pink wig and sunglasses on the set monitor, Stewart joked, “Oh yeah, I look awesome.” Stewart protested,”That’s not fair. That’s actually really weird.”
The 22-year-old then revealed her garb was actually an homage to the ‘Alice’ character that Natalie Portman played in the 2004 film Closer.
For his part, Pattinson denied it was him in the photographs. “That’s not me!” the actor joshed, before adding that his disguise though “genuinely terrifying” was, in fact, a “$3 mask from a 7-Eleven.”
Later on in MTV’s interview Pattinson and Stewart talked about when they first met. That event took place at an audition at Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke’s apartment in 2007.
Pattinson admitted he was “crippled by self-consciousness when I doing auditions at the time.” Recalling the moment when he had to take his shirt off the Brit said, “I said to Catherine ‘if that’s what we’re being judged on, I haven’t got the job.'”
More laughs came when Pattinson recalled the fan outrage that greeted his casting. Describing the early reaction as “unanimous unhappiness,” the actor joked, “I feel like it’s kind of come full circle and they hate me again.”
Of course, it’s also well known that Stewart played a key part in approving Pattinson for the role of Edward Cullen. At one point the actress quipped, “I take full credit for both of these guys actually. Fully and completely.”
Much was made of Pattinson’s remarks about the sex scenes in Breaking Dawn — Part 2 being “ridiculous.” Stirring the pot even further, the actor joked that his scenes with Stewart were “quite like the scene where she’s [Demi Moore] doing the pottery in Ghost.”
Asked about the possibility of winning another MTV “Best Kiss” award — and adding to The Twilight Saga’s whopping 16 award stash — Stewart said, “We always really, really prepare. We execute our plan well.”
It was a busy Thursday for the three stars. As well as MTV, they also sat down with Entertainment Tonight, AccessHollywood and a slew of outlets at a morning press junket.
Asked by ET what the differences were between working on the first film compared to the present one, Pattinson replied:
“It felt a lot more free in the first one, it felt quite dangerous. This one you know your face is still going to be on the front of it, but you have a little bit less control, well you have a lot less control. So it’s kind of scarier.”
Talking about the sex scenes in Breaking Dawn — Part 2, Stewart mused to ET, “Every single scene in this movie culminates with some kind of kiss.” She added. “Also, the vampire aspect. You’re supposed to have this mind-blowing, inhuman experience. How do you do that?”
Moving on to Access Hollywood. Again asked how she felt about the saga coming to a close, Stewart joked:
“No, it’s not over yet. No, no, no, no! We’re still completely in it, right?”
The actress added, “I mean it’s definitely a stage of our lives that’s come to an end, for me especially given my age —17 to 22. It’s a kind of chunk that you can margin off.”
When it came to Pattinson’s turn in Access Hollywood’s hot seat, the actor first described his Twilight tenure as “ridiculous,” before admitting that he felt “a fair amount of fear” about life after being in such a successful franchise.
“I’ve never really thought about it before, but it’s starting to become very real very quickly that it’s like nope, that’s it. I’m not going to say like, ‘Well, there’s another one coming out in the summer or on Thanksgiving or whatever.'”
The 26-year-old continued:
“When you’re part of a huge machine, it’s kind of very very gradual. I feel like I’m still 21… and suddenly I go ‘wow.’ So every single decision I make from now on, it doesn’t reset back to when you do a Twilight movie. It’s on now.”
In an interview with E!News, Pattinson said Stewart was,”one of the reasons why I signed onto it [Twilight] in the first place. It was ‘cos of Catherine and Kristen. It seemed like it wasn’t going to be the typical teen movie.”
As for Stewart, she had only praise for her British co-star.
Asked about the chemistry between her and Pattinson, the actress told E! News, “It’s so obvious it slaps you in the face. Any time you meet somebody who you’re like ‘I’m — we definitely need to work together.'” Then, “I knew instantly.”
Similarly, when YahooMovies! asked Pattinson if he’d like to work with Stewart again, he shot back, “Yeah, definitely, yeah.” As an afterthought adding, “It probably wouldn’t be a vampire movie for a while. That’d be a bit silly.”
Just like old times? Maybe, maybe not. But if this is as good as it gets, it was far from a car crash.
The Twilight Saga:Breaking Dawn — Part 2 hits theaters on November 16.