Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke wasn’t sure about the unemployed mysterious guy from London who was presented to her to play vampire Edward Cullen. But when Kristen Stewart met Robert Pattinson for the first time, the young actress knew that he had to play Edward.
Hardwicke told the Daily Beast that from what she knew about Pattinson, she was skeptical. He was fired from his job, in debt and flew himself out to read lines with Stewart.
When Stewart fell for Pattinson at first sight, Hardwicke gave him a second thought.
“It’s got to be Rob!” Stewart said after her and Pattinson’s first meeting as Edward and Bella.
The Red Riding Hood director, who’s known for her dark and sexual movies, witnessed the instant attraction that Pattinson and Stewart shared.
“She felt connected to him from the first moment. That electricity, or love at first sight, or whatever it is.” Hardwicke said.
Although Hardwicke gave Pattinson the part that has made him a Hollywood superstar and Twilight phenomenon, she made him promise.
“You’ve got to realize that Kristen is 17 years old,” she told him. “She’s underage. You’ve got to focus, dude, or you’re going to be arrested. I made him swear on a stack of Bibles.”
With all the lip locking that goes on in Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse, you wonder, where did Pattinson first kiss Stewart?
On Hardwicke’s bed. The director has auditions and [steamy] rehearsals right in her own home and sometimes on “the bed.”
“That bed made Pattinson who he is right now,” says Nikki Reed who starred alongside Evan Rachel Wood for the movie Thirteen.
“MTV came and did an episode in my house filming the bed. It’s legendary,” Hardwicke added.
Hiring Pattinson and rehearsing kissing scenes in bed seem to have paid off for the Twilight stars who are currently filming Breaking Dawn in Vancouver. Pattinson and Stewart even won for “best kiss” at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.