Saturday, May 30, 2009

'Twilight' Best Kiss Nominee Was Born On Catherine Hardwicke's Bed

More from the MTV interview with Catherine Hardwicke!

VENICE, California — An acclaimed indie filmmaker who hit the big time with last year's "Twilight," Catherine Hardwicke takes pride in doing things differently than most directors. For years, she's held "chemistry reads" at her house, switching out various actors while making them feel at home. And, as is now the stuff of "Twilight" legend, 18 months ago she invited two young actors named Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart into her bedroom.

"This is the bed. That's where we had the first kiss between Rob and Kristen," Hardwicke beamed on Thursday when we visited her home just blocks from the beach, to celebrate such MTV Movie Awards moments as the Best Kiss nominee born on her own personal bed. "We did the audition — the chemistry read — here to see if these two would have chemistry. To see if their kiss would be exciting and cool.

"They came to my house — they had just met," Hardwicke remembered, inviting MTV News' Tim Kash to sit on the same edge of the bed where RPattz had made his move all those months before. "I said, 'I know you just met, but I need you to do this scene. We're gonna do it in my bedroom, on the bed — and you're really gonna kiss.'

"Kristen already had to kiss three other guys that day," Hardwicke smiled, addressing the Twilighters. "I know that's torturous, ladies."

Then it came time for the young actor they were referring to as "Bachelor Number Three." "She was kind of sleepy and just hanging out — and then Robert appeared in the room," Hardwicke remembered. "His hair was a little different — it was his Dalí hair, with the black bangs."

Read the rest at MTV!


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