By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 19, 2012 at 6:26AM
At the Comic-Con "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II" (November 16) press conference and panel, it became clear that Kristen Stewart was doing all the talking--as Rob Pattinson happily listened. She had watched all her co-stars play vampires through three films. But she wanted to do it in her own way. "The human aspects are gone now," she said. "Now she's a vampire. It's physically more challenging, even the way I walk into a room. It was like picking and choosing what to use and not."
Stewart could now embrace her action side--and put on those pesky contacts. She hurt her one of her hands at the start of the action sequences and had to wear a brace, she said: "Any grimace you see is probably real."
Like many actors lucky enough to score a franchise, Stewart has taken advantage of the opportunities that have come her way. "Now I'm allowed to challenge myself the way I want to, instead of falling into things." One role she chased hard was Walter Salles's film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," in which she delivers a strong, sexy supporting performance. She and Pattinson turned up the sexual heat in "Breaking Dawn" --while retaining a PG-13 rating. "We're supposed to have mindboggling otherworldly sex," said Stewart, who describes what they did as "sweet discovery. Nothing about the series is raunchy."
Mainly the theme of the "Twilight" conference (video below) and Hall H panel was a sad farewell to an off-screen family. On the last week of shooting, "I was sad not to be able to hang out with these people," said Meyer.
"This is the last question, the last press conference," said Pattinson, smiling.
"We were kids when we started," said Nikki Reed, recently married to "American Idol" star Paul MacDonald. "Now we're all adults, going to different places in our lives."
In Hall, director Bill Condon sent a video message from London, where's he's scoring the film. Taking up where the last film left off, he opted to show the first few minutes of the film, which starts with Bella opening vampire eyes. Then Edward, her doting husband and father of her fast-growing child, shows her how to hunt. She speeds through the trees after a deer--is distracted by a human climber--and nails a lion.
Meyer took advantage of the Hall H captive audience to show some compelling footage from horror flick "The Host," which she described as a "palette cleanser." She has no plans to return to vampires anytime soon ("I'm burned out on vampires"), nor does she have any other new writing to announce. Writer-director Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca," "In Time") adapted this good-looking dystopian sci-fi thriller starring Saoirse Ronan as Wanderer/Melanie Stryder, who exists in two realms. We see her being interrogated by Diane Kruger to reveal information housed in the brain of the rebel leader she is occupying--who proves difficult to control. Max Irons is the hunky love interest. The film was shot in New Mexico and opens March 29, 2013. (MTV set interview is below.)