Robert Pattinson thrilled Australian fans on Monday, but Kristen Stewart took Tokyo by storm today on day three of the Breaking Dawn – Part 2 worldwide promotional tour.
Sharply turned out in an ultra modern monochrome, Louis Vuitton one piece and strappy heels hot off the Spring 2013 runway, the actress was all smiles as she signed autographs and greeted fans on the red carpet at Kumano Shrine.
In a Q and A that took place inside, a Japanese translator fielded questions to the actress. A live stream from the event appeared to show a fair amount of empty seats, but despite this Stewart answered thoughtfully — at times — waving to members of the audience.
The 22-year-old told fans:
“I’ve rarely felt as welcome as I do when I come here so thank you … we say that everywhere we go but you guys are actually really special.”
Clearly aware that playing the role of ‘Bella Swan’ has made her uniquely relatable for young women, Stewart said of the Twilight Saga’s phenomenal appeal:
“It represents a stage of life that is so full, and it’s so full of feeling. I think that it really attracts people that have faith in those feelings and doesn’t discredit them.”
“It’s fairly rare to have a story that gives a lot of credit to young girls that haven’t figured it all out yet, but are incredibly trusting of themselves.”
When asked to explain why audiences connected so strongly with Stephenie Meyer’s emotive saga, the actress replied that if the question was easy to answer “everyone would be doing it.” She then went on to say:
“A really good, hard hitting, fundamentally charged love story is always going to fuel something inside of us.”
Undoubtedly, some will attempt to find references to the the real-life scandal involving Snow White and The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in Stewart’s comments. But it seems more likely Stewart really was reaching out to the female constituency that powered her to the position of Hollywood’s highest paid actress.
The real life saga of Stewart’s separation then reconciliation with her partner Pattinson has dominated entertainment news cycles for most of the summer. Last week’s pictures of the couple in various L.A locations only increased media interest. But to her fans in Tokyo, none of that mattered.
Before handing out merchandise and hugs to winners of a prize draw, Stewart left fans with a gift of her own by revealing that her “favorite thing about Bella” was her “innate, really beautiful trust in her gut [instincts].”
With 22 days left until Breaking Dawn – Part 2’s release on November 16, promotional dates are now piling up. Stateside audiences will see Stewart hit the promotion trail on November 7 when she appears on Live with Kelly and Michael.
Lautner will appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 31, before a one day blitz on November 9 when he will guest on the Today Show, Live with Kelly and Michael, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and a pre-taped appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Pattinson is scheduled to guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on November 5, the Today Show on November 7 and Fallon on November 8, before joining Lautner on Ellen on November 9. The rest of the cast will appear at the upcoming premieres and various fan event and press dates.
Check out the videos of Stewart in Tokyo below.