With the fourth Twi­light movie in pro­duc­tion and all three of the films so far show­ing on Sky this Novem­ber and Decem­ber, we find out exclu­sively from the franchise’s young stars whether three really is a crowd.  Inter­view: Jenny Cooney. (spoil­ers below)

“They never do the kiss­ing scenes when I’m on set, so you gen­uinely feel like someone’s cheat­ing on you!”

When Sky Movies Mag­a­zine sits down with the lead actors from the Twi­light fran­chise – Kris­ten Stew­art (Bella), Robert Pat­tin­son (Edward) and Tay­lor Laut­ner (Jacob) – it’s imme­di­ately evi­dent just how close these young A-listers are.

Which is not sur­pris­ing given how much their lives have changed in the two years since the first Twi­light movie was released in 2008. Overnight, Stew­art (18 at the time), Pat­tin­son (22) and Laut­ner (then just 16) became teen idols, swept away in an incred­i­ble wave of Twi­light mania.
Now, as they approach their fourth movie together, Break­ing Dawn – Part 1, and with the first three movies (Twi­light, New Moon, Eclipse) show­ing on Sky this Novem­ber and Decem­ber, we get the low­down on what it’s like to be part of one of the most suc­cess­ful fran­chises ever…

Sky Movies Mag­a­zine: So, the third movie came out in cin­e­mas ear­lier this year and you’re about to start shoot­ing the fourth – did you ever expect Twi­light to be such a big success?
Tay­lor Laut­ner: It was a big sur­prise. When we were film­ing Twi­light we just thought we were mak­ing a movie that we were pas­sion­ate about. We didn’t know if any­body else was going to want to watch it. We had no idea it was going to turn out like this and then it just kept grow­ing and grow­ing.
Robert Pat­tin­son: I gen­uinely thought this was a dark lit­tle indie vam­pire love story… And then it just ended up being this mas­sive thing. I didn’t see it com­ing at all… But it’s not like I objected to sud­denly being in a big film! I mean, it’s great.
Kris­ten Stew­art: What’s cool is that you have this fan­tasy full
of myths and stuff. So it does raise the emo­tional stakes. I think that’s why girls love it so much, because it’s just a lit­tle bit more seri­ous than what you’re deal­ing with in real life. It’s just a lit­tle bit more pas­sion­ate than what­ever you’re feeling.
SMM: Have your lives changed a lot with all the press and fan atten­tion?
TL: Yeah, a lit­tle bit, because it’s not nor­mal to wake up and have 12 paparazzi cars wait­ing for you, who are just going to fol­low you all day…
KS: It’s really funny when they fall down all over each other because they’re run­ning back­wards to try and get your pic­ture. When­ever you see me really happy in a paparazzi shot, it’s because I’m laugh­ing at them.
TL: But the pros that come with the job highly out­weigh the cons. I’ve been hav­ing the time of my life these past two years. But it’s very impor­tant to not let it affect your life. I really live in two dif­fer­ent worlds. I have the Twi­light world and then I have the same world that existed before, with my fam­ily and friends.
RP: I’m rel­a­tively fear­ful about when the series ends, because it’s such a great secu­rity blan­ket. It’s like a net. You can afford to make mis­takes when you have another Twi­light film to make. But after that, I guess you’re on your own.

More after the jump!


SMM: You guys have worked together for a while now – how have your rela­tion­ships changed?
KS: We have a com­pletely dif­fer­ent rela­tion­ship now. We’ve become good friends… I care immensely about Rob and Tay­lor, we’ve really grown close – and it doesn’t get weird!
TL: Yeah, we’ve grown closer and closer. I mean, we’re like best friends now and it’s really amaz­ing how much that helps. We’re able to be more open with each other and we have more fun. I think that cre­ates a bet­ter work­ing environment.
SMM: Do you ever annoy each other?
KS: They don’t annoy me [laughs]. We have totally nor­mal rela­tion­ships with each other… We can be hon­est and not be wor­ried about offend­ing each other.
TL: Kris­ten and I are super close [shoots a mock ‘chal­leng­ing look’ at Pat­tin­son]. We talk about any­thing and every­thing. Dur­ing down­time we’ll either throw a foot­ball around or she’ll throw a grape and I’ll catch it in my mouth… You get really bored on set some­times. I don’t know how we’d film this fran­chise if we weren’t as close as we are. It’d be a nightmare.
SMM: Tay­lor and Rob – your char­ac­ters are rivals in the films. Is it dif­fi­cult shoot­ing the scenes, par­tic­u­larly in Eclipse, where you fight?
TL: Rob’s very funny. Like in the tent scenes where we’re yelling and scream­ing at each other – it’s so hard hat­ing Rob because he’s just a fun, nice guy, so hav­ing to look him in the eye and scream at him is dif­fi­cult. Every time after they called ‘cut’, we both just burst out laugh­ing, so that’s pretty chal­leng­ing.
RP: I was in a very strange mood when we were shoot­ing that scene [laughs].
I kept get­ting obsessed with the word, ‘thoughts’, because with an Amer­i­can accent it sounds like ‘farts’. And I couldn’t get over it, the entire day. The open­ing line was, “Can you at least keep your thoughts to your­self?” I mean, I’m sit­ting in this tent and every sin­gle time [laughs]… And Tay­lor got to the point where he was just like, “That doesn’t even sound the same – it’s not funny at all.”
SMM: Does that hap­pen a lot?
RP: [There was a scene] where Kris­ten was sup­posed to be asleep on the floor. So I looked down and she’s look­ing up and try­ing to make me laugh the entire time. But it meant the scene got some energy to it, because I was try­ing to stop myself laugh­ing and that kind of made it easier.
SMM: Jacob and Bella come even nearer to get­ting it together in Eclipse – does that cause any weird­ness between you?
TL: It was good for Jacob to get in there and get his shot and kiss Bella for the first time. Def­i­nitely [laughs].
RP: Not only do they do the kiss­ing scenes, they never do it when I’m on set. You gen­uinely feel like someone’s cheat­ing on you… I’d come back to work and be like, “So how was it?”
TL: [There was one kiss] at the cli­max of the movie. We’re on top of this moun­tain and the back­ground was amaz­ing. It’s a really impor­tant, emo­tional moment… But it was so funny because when­ever Kris­ten and I would kiss, as soon as we’d fin­ish, Kris­ten would look at me and go, “We just kissed.” I’d be like, “Yeah, we did.” It was funny.
SMM: Did you guys get embar­rassed?
TL: No, when Kris­ten and I do scenes, we are Jacob and Bella. Every­thing we do, whether we’re kiss­ing or fight­ing. We def­i­nitely live those char­ac­ters so after three movies it kind of just hap­pens now.
KS: Yeah, I could prob­a­bly be cer­ti­fied absolutely insane at this point because
I’ve got­ten so into the head space of Twilight’s reality…
SMM: Can you tell us a bit about the next install­ment, Break­ing Dawn?
KS: Well, it’s now been split into two movies. We start film­ing in Novem­ber…
TL: I’m really excited that it’s going to be two movies. I think that’s going to work really well and I’m thrilled to have the oppor­tu­nity to work with Bill
Con­don [the new direc­tor]. When I heard he was on board I was like, “OK, this is going to be golden.”
KS: I think each direc­tor has suited the projects per­fectly. Cather­ine [Hard­wicke, the direc­tor of the first movie] has a really strong con­nec­tion to youth and dis­cov­ery and stuff like that, and it’s really hard to describe how nice Chris [Weitz, the direc­tor of  New Moon] is. He’s so com­pas­sion­ate and has a wis­dom about him – I really needed some­one to look up to and who was will­ing to go to the depths with me. David [Slade, the direc­tor of Eclipse] has more of a mor­bid sen­si­bil­ity. Which is good as Eclipse gets a lit­tle scarier…
SMM: How have your char­ac­ters changed as the movies progress?
RP: When I first read the books, I was like… I can’t play this. This is impos­si­ble. But I’ve tried the entire time to make [Edward] the per­fect under­dog. No mat­ter what any­one says to him, no mat­ter what heroic deeds he does, it’s impos­si­ble to con­vince him that he’s done any­thing right. And the only thing that has made him feel alive – feel any­thing – is Bella.
: In New Moon, I was kind of play­ing a split per­son­al­ity; for the first half I was the old Jacob and then the sec­ond half, I was the new Jacob. For Eclipse, Jacob has matured and he’s a lit­tle more seri­ous because he knows what he’s deal­ing with now, which was def­i­nitely emo­tion­ally chal­leng­ing. That’s why Eclipse is my favourite movie, because every­thing that’s great about this fran­chise – the romance, the action, the dan­ger, the sus­pense, every­thing – Eclipse takes to a whole other level. It’s the height of the love tri­an­gle – Bella is being torn between these two guys who are lit­er­ally fight­ing for her.
KS: Well, in Break­ing Dawn, Bella becomes a wife. She becomes a mother. Luck­ily I’ve played the char­ac­ter for a while. If Break­ing Dawn was its own movie, it would be much more dif­fi­cult to play such a young wife and mother, but because I have been with her since she was 17, it’s been a pro­gres­sion. I think that’s what’s so cool about the series. It takes her a long time to get to that point and she loses a lot and then gets it back. I think to make deci­sions like that you have to really know your­self and trust your­self and she achieves that. She’s very straight up and hon­est about every­thing and I’m excited because I know the guys so well and we’ve all taken this jour­ney together.