By Paulette Cohn
Even though it is days until “Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” opens in theaters, Twihards are already lining up in the cold weather for the chance to be first in the theater to watch as the last chapter in the Bella/Edward/Jacob saga unfolds.
“Breaking Dawn — Part 2” picks up right where Part 1 left off — with Bella opening her now red eyes as the transformation from human to vampire has successfully taken place.
“I was really lucky to have played human Bella for so long,” says Kristen Stewart. “The best aspects of every vampire, all of their gifts, everything that makes them really special is always an enhanced version of what they were when they were human. So, I really did get to play an incredibly really well-rounded version of a vampire because I actually got to take those steps for real.”
Not only does Bella awaken transformed, but she is also a mother. The question, of course, is what kind of creature is her child — human or vampire? While her husband Edward (Robert Pattinson – interview) delights in her beauty, speed, and uncommon self-control, newborn Bella has never felt more alive; and the destiny of her best friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) has become entwined in that of her and Edward’s exceptional daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). The arrival of a creature so rare cements an extended family, but will soon ignite forces that threaten to destroy them all.
Playing a mother was one of Stewart’s favorite things about “BD2.” In fact, she wishes there had been more mom scenes in the movie, saying, “It was one aspect of her that I was most excited to play. It feeds into vampires having slightly more animalistic natures. It was perfect for it and what better way to show that?”
Another of the joys, of course, of being a vampire in the “Twilight” saga is the special powers, as previously mentioned. As a human in the prior films, Stewart hadn’t had to deal with the physicality of being a vampire, so when she got the opportunity in this final film, she was so gung ho, she broke her thumb the first or second day of action work.
“I’d been on the sidelines for so long, just itching,” Stewart recalls. “Going, ‘I could do that pretty well. I think I could do that pretty well. I think those contacts are going to look pretty cool.’ I was bursting to do it, which, I think, was why I broke my thumb. I was overzealous.”
The original “Twilight” opened in theaters in on Nov. 21, 208, so the saga has been a part of Stewart’s life for the past five years of her life.
“I’m so happy that the story is told. You have no idea,” she says of the release of “BD2.” “Usually, you’ve got five weeks or five months to look at the schedule and go, ‘That day is coming up.’ We had five years. The fact that this thing is out and it’s not weighing on us anymore, I’m super excited about that. I don’t want it to sound like I’m excited to be done with the experience because, to be honest, it’s such a particular tone… It’s a feeling, and I will definitely miss that, but, again, I feel like it’s not going anywhere. It is sad. It is strange. But, it is normal. Things shouldn’t stay stagnant. You’ve got to move on.”
“Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” produced by Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer, and written by Melissa Rosenberg from the novel Breaking Dawn by Meyer, opens in theaters on Friday, Nov. 16.