Thursday, December 5, 2013
By Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers
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Forbes says Kristen Stewart, 22, was the highest paid actress in Hollywood from May 2011 to May 2012, earning $34.5 million.
"It's strange to have the roles reversed, where I can be in control of what I get to make," she said. "One thing that I love about the job is having NO control." But expect her to initiate her own pet projects in the very near future.
She says she didn't realize the extent that "Twilight" would shake up her life, not even after landing the role of Bella.
"There was no expectation that we would even get to finish the whole series when we did the first 'Twilight,"' she says. "On the set, it felt like we were making another independent movie." She and the rest of the cast had decided to be "religiously faithful to the novels," not knowing how that might look and sound on the screen.
Then the cast made its famous pre-release 2008 appearance at San Diego's Comic-Con fan convention, "and we were hit by this wave of energy, that was really baffling. ... It was a totally contagious experience, feeding on itself. That hall, jammed with 6,000 people, reacting that way, made me think 'This is NOT normal.'"
Five years later, it still isn't.
Stewart says she's "relieved" that the five-film series is finally over. "If I say I'm excited the experience is complete, it's only because I don't have that responsibility weighing on me any more," she said. "A typical movie, you've got a five-week or even five-month commitment. This was five years. I'm going to miss that 'I wonder how the wedding will look,' or 'I wonder what I'll have to do in the birth scene.' Hopefully, I will find that feeling in other projects."
Part of that feeling, she says, is the "tone, the vibe" of "Twilight." The films changed directors and changed locations, but even just gathering for interviews with the media in a hotel "gives it this 'Twilight' vibe -- surreal."
But what will she not miss?
"Oh God, I will not miss having to be so ... perfect. I mean, these vampires are just so ... perfect. I won't miss the contact lenses, and I don't think anybody in the cast would disagree with me there. And the face paint! To look like marble, we just cake this stuff on. I'm not sure that panned out, and I am more than happy to leave that behind."