After four Twilight movies playing awkward high schooler Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart was ready to embrace playing a vampire in Breaking Dawn — Part 2 . Says costar Taylor Lautner, “That’s kind of the huge thing that fans are waiting for — to see the clumsy teenage Bella that Kristen did so well suddenly become this super-sexy vampire who’s athletic and graceful. She took it very seriously and pulls it off.” (Click here to see 10 exclusive photos from the new movie.)
Stewart says that years of watching her castmates helped inform how she played Vampire Bella. “I knew every single version of vampire, and I took a little bit from everyone. But I wanted her to be the best.”
Not that it didn’t take some adjusting. “Kristen complained about 500 times more than I have,” says Rob Pattinson of the uncomfortable red contact lenses that the actors playing vampires must wear. “She condensed four years of complaining into a few months.” (Stewart, long used to Pattinson’s teasing ways, sighs in response to this and reminds EW that she’s been wearing brown contact lenses over her green eyes since the series began.)
Stewart certainly managed to locate her inner bloodsucker while shooting a scene in which Bella hunts a mountain lion. “I leaped through the air and tackled a crazy huge tube of foam shaped like a mountain lion,” she says. “I ripped that mother to the ground! For the first time I was like, ‘Wow, I’m, like, really playing a vampire now.”
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