Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke revealed that Robert Pattison got way too into his audition scene with Kristen Stewart, which had them kissing on her bed. Hardwicke directed the 2008 film adaption of Stephanie Meyer’s bestselling supernatural young adult novels, which centered on a love story between a teenage girl and a vampire. In Harry Potter-like fashion, the movies multiplied the book’s already massive fanbase, putting faces to the franchise’s beloved characters. When the time came to turn them into movies, the casting process was fairly arduous.
As fate would have it, Stewart earned the leading role of Bella Swan, a seventeen-year-old outcast who moves to a small town called Forks to live with her father. Bella becomes enraptured by Pattison’s character Edward Cullen, a mysterious classmate who winds up being a vampire. The performers’ chemistry was palpable both on and offscreen as they navigated intense fan shipping, a real-life relationship, and press scrutiny over the course of four follow-up films. Apparently, their chemistry sizzled as early as the audition stages.
While a guest on The Big Hit Show podcast, Hardwicke opened up about the final stages of the audition process for the first flick. Apparently, Stewart and Pattison tested their chemistry by doing a scene that required them to make out on Hardwicke’s own bed as she filmed. The director candidly revealed:
“Rob and Kristen auditioned on my bed, the kissing scene, Rob was so into it he fell off the bed. I’m like, ‘Dude, calm down.’ And I’m in there filming with my little video camera, whatever.”
It seems the spark between Stewart and Pattison was strong enough to throw the latter off the bed. Though a hilarious story, it also speaks to a strong reason why the pair, who weren’t major movie stars at the time, was cast opposite each other. Many actors were considered to play Edward Cullen in Twilight, but Pattison’s connection with Stewart, who had cinched Bella, won him the part. Stewart herself urged Hardwicke to cast Pattison, saying it had to be him. The couple’s incredible chemistry was also a point of concern for Hardwicke, who realized that Stewart was only 17 at the time. After seeing their flame, she reminded Pattison of her age and warned him not to get into anything illegal.
Hearing about the pair’s audition process of kissing on the director’s bed doesn’t exactly sit well nearly a decade and a half later. While Hardwicke may have taken precautions to make sure they were comfortable and clearly needed to make sure their chemistry – which the entire film hinged on – burned, in 2022 there would likely be an intimacy coordinator present. Luckily everything seemed to work out, with the duo eventually dating in real life and the Twilight films reaching monstrous levels of success.
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Source: The Big Hit Show
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