Kristen Stewart Says It Was “So Clear” That Robert Pattinson Should Play Edward Cullen

Even after all these years, Kristen Stewart is still Team Edward.

As part of the press rollout for her highly praised performance as Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín’s biopic Spencer, Stewart talked to The New Yorker. In the profile, she fondly recalled her breakthrough role in Twilight, the franchise based on Stephenie Meyer’s young-adult vampire series.

To cast the romantically sullen Edward Cullen, Catherine Hardwicke—who directed the franchise’s first film—had various actors come to her Los Angeles home for a chemistry test with Stewart, who was already cast as protagonist Bella Swan. Of all the men who auditioned, Stewart said, “It was so clear who worked,” before mimicking a swoon at the memory of Robert Pattinson. According to the Spencer actress, Pattinson, who Stewart would date from 2009 to 2013, had a certain “intellectual approach that was combined with ‘I don’t give a fuck about this, but I’m going to make this sing.’ And I was, like, ‘Ugh, same.'”

She added, “And, whatever, we were young and stupid and, not to say that we made it so much better, but that’s what it needed, and that’s what anybody playing those parts needed to feel.”

Hardwicke told The New Yorker that Stewart’s raw performance in the 2007 drama Into the Wild convinced her to cast the then emerging actress as the franchise’s lead. “She’s Bella,” Hardwicke said. “She’s got to be Bella, because she keeps it so grounded and so real. … I built the whole film around her.”

Twilight‘s wild popularity (and the ensuing media frenzy surrounding the film’s main cast members) is something that Stewart also remembered affectionately. “Like, how fun for people to think they know you,” the actress said. “Did you think I was going to do ‘Twilight’ forever? Is that how you saw me? If that’s how you saw me, then you really set me up for success, because I can do way more than that.”

The Chanel ambassador, who is now engaged to screenwriter Dylan Meyer, previously opened up about the pressure that fame put on her relationship with Pattinson.

“People wanted me and Rob to be together so badly that our relationship was made into a product,” she told T Magazine in 2016. “It wasn’t real life anymore. And that was gross to me. … It’s not that I want to hide who I am or hide anything I’m doing in my life. It’s that I don’t want to become a part of a story for entertainment value.”


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