First up we’ll take a look at what the main cast (and interspecies love triangle) of Edward (Robert Pattinson), Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) had to say about their second outing in the Twilight Universe. I’ve remixed Collider‘s interview with each actor into a semi-coherent shared train of thought. Take a look:
Pattinson: It’s funny about ‘New Moon’. When I read ‘New Moon’ it gave me ideas about how to play the first one [Twilight] and it’s the one that I connected to the most and the one that humanized Edward the most for me as well. In the first one he still does remain from beginning to end an idealistic character but in the second one he makes a mistake that’s acknowledged by everybody including himself. Also he’s totally undermined by more powerful creatures and he’s undermined emotionally by people as well. I think that’s what humanized it. Since I’ve read that book I’ve always kind of liked him as a character. I try to play that same feeling throughout the first one and after the third one, as well, trying to get some kind of element of an all powerful person or almost all powerful person, the kind of hero of a story who just refuses to accept that he’s the hero. I think there’s something admirable there. I don’t know if I really made any sense.
Stewart: I had a really good time on this movie. It was intense. Just because of the nature of the story it goes in a completely different direction. We undermine the first. We establish a very ideological of love and basically tell our main character, our main protagonist that she was wrong and it’s like, ‘Where’s our story?’ You’re going to be left if Edward’s not there. What I really love about ‘New Moon’ is that you see this girl build herself back up and by the time she makes this sort of rash decision to spend eternity with a vampire she’s in a position where you actually believe her. You’re like, ‘Okay, you’re old enough, your mature enough to know. You’ve lived life.’ She grows up. I don’t know what I’m talking about anymore.
Lautner: …Yeah, Jacob transforms a lot in ‘New Moon.’ Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. So it was a matter of getting to the gym and eating the right foods and a lot of it. But also, reading and studying the book and my character over and over and over again so I could have his character down as well. Because he changes in many many different ways…basically my job was to continue what I started in ‘Twilight,’ which was this extremely happy, friendly, outgoing guy. Best friends with Bella. And I had to continue that for the first half of the film, but as soon as I transform, I snap and I become a completely different person. I’m dealing with my issues and it’s really hard for me.
Pattinson: I didn’t see Taylor until just a little before we started shooting. So when he came back I had the same reaction as everyone else, like, ‘Jesus. Now I have to go to the gym.’ It was strange. This one was weird because I hardly did any scenes with Taylor. We did just the scenes at the beginning and the scenes at the end and that’s it. He had his entire storyline develop without me being around which is interesting because I had no idea where his performance was going and so it wasn’t really a competition or anything. It was all sort of independent. Whereas in ‘Eclipse’ we’re doing scenes together all the time with Bella and so it really shows the dynamic in that one.
Stewart: …We needed to be sure that whoever played Jacob was going to be Jacob in ‘New Moon’. He’s such a different person. He becomes a man…It’s not just a physical transformation. He really becomes an adult. I mean I always knew that Taylor could do that but we just needed to make sure because it was so important. So once he actually proved himself which wasn’t hard to do, even seeing him walk around on set was like a different experience. He’s literally become a different person. He’s just grown up. He’s so confident and the nicest guy that I’ve ever met. I know that I’m using this grammatically incorrect but he’s the funnest guy I’ve ever hung out with. So he’s great. I’m so proud of him.
Lautner: I don’t think there’s anyway to prepare yourself for this phenomenon just because none of us expected it. When we were filming ‘Twilight,’ we didn’t expect anything. We were just filming a movie that we wanted the fans to enjoy. And then it kinda just blew into this whole other world. So I don’t think there’s a way to prepare for that, but yeah you could definitely say I felt a little bit of pressure trying to bring Jacob’s character and Jake and Bella’s relationship alive for the fans. Because this movie definitely develops their relationship and that sets up the love triangle so it’s a very important story.
Pattinson: I guess it’s inevitable that you become more comfortable. You’re still fighting against some things. The franchise itself, there’s nothing really scary about it. I like the people that I work with. I generally have very few disagreements about the script or about anything when we’re doing it, especially on ‘New Moon’. It just seemed so relaxed and easy.
Stewart: I think my favorite thing about this is the fact that I can keep it personal. It’s still something that if the franchise, if the saga didn’t become a franchise and it was literally was just a series of movies that I had done they would mean just as much to me. That’s also the best part of it, the fact that it isn’t like that, the fact that so many people are affected by it and are invested in it just as much as me if not more. Like I said about Chris, if you don’t like people and if you don’t want to make movies because you care about people then you probably are just wanting to be just rich and famous. So the fact that this is so important to so many people makes me so happy. That’s it. I think that’s it.
And of course, regarding the often-debated subject of who would win in a fight between vampire Edward and wolf-boy Jacob:
Pattinson: [laughs] I don’t know. I did hear the other day that Taylor had agreed to an interview where the interviewer was going to fight him. I don’t think that I’d ever agree to that and also looking at Taylor’s martial arts videos from when he was like nine I really wouldn’t want to do anything. Maybe if I had some kind of weapon. Edward and Jacob? I don’t know. I think it’s actually a fact that Edward would win. I think. If I’ve read the books correctly. So I guess I can hold onto that for my ego.
Lautner: Oh man. I don’t know between me and Rob. He actually does a lot of boxing in his time off, so it might be a good match-up. Jacob, we were actually discussing this on set, it’s funny we were like ‘who would win in a fight between Jacob and Edward,’ because there’s a scene outside Bella’s house where Edward grabs my shoulder and he’s mad at me and Jacob doesn’t take that. So he takes his arm and rips it off. And at that moment, Jacob would transform into a wolf and we’re having this discussion that got really deep, we’re like ‘if I were to poof into a wolf right now, what would happen? Who would win?’ I don’t know, our discussion points were like ‘usually, we’re with our pack so if I’m without my pack, am I gonna be weaker?’ So I honestly don’t know. That discussion is still up in the air. We should probably get Stephenie Meyer on the line and ask her.
There is a ridiculous amount of material in these interviews, so if you’re really hungry for the full transcripts, I’ll point you to where you need to go:
Last but not least, an interview with the Volturi…