On getting the script even though she had never even heard of the books: â€œ I guess I was just living under rocks and mountains. And though we were warned, I figured it would be a pretty exclusive fan base. I thought we were making a cult movie; I had no idea it was going to be this, like, phenomenon.â€
On her character Bella Swan, a recently relocated high school junior who falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson): â€œBellaâ€™s a very relatable girl. She inhabits qualities that most girls have, even if itâ€™s not on the surface… What I love about the story and what puts it on a different level is that itâ€™s â€˜chemicalâ€™â€¦thereâ€™s nobody else for either of them. Period.â€ (She did, on occasion, draw from her own romantic life â€“ sheâ€™s been with boyfriend Michael Angarano â€œforeverâ€ as she puts it.)
On the fashion world: â€œIf Iâ€™m just chilling out, then people can see me any which way, but itâ€™s different when youâ€™re putting yourself together to do something professionally. Youâ€™re under a lot of scrutiny. Itâ€™s a bizarre thing, to me, to consider that what I wear or what I do with my hair, can affect my career… Iâ€™m not the type of person who has a million things in my closet to put together, so Iâ€™ve begun to work with a stylist and weâ€™ve started to figure out what I like. Simple, classically pretty things; I love Chanel.â€
The Dec 08/Jan 09 issue of Teen Vogue hits stands November 18. Twilight opens November 21. To meet the cast of Twilight, check out the video at TeenVogue.com.