'Twilight' Filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke Talks Her Latest Flick and Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's "Magnetism"
Elle In her new film, Plush, filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke once again combines romantic obsession, a badass female heroine, and an addictive score—all the elements that made her the highest-grossing female director in history, of a little film named Twilight.
Enzo is obsessed with Hayley. We see that theme in 'Thirteen' and 'Twilight' as well. At that age, love takes on a larger-than-life intensity.
Nikki [Reed] has a line in Thirteen that I love: The day that Rachel is invited to go shopping on Melrose with the bad girl, she says, "Mom, this is the most important day of my life!" It's so over-the-top but so true at that moment. As an artist or musician, you feel you have to get yourself into that zone of being passionate. That's how you flow in your creativity. Throughout history, different artists found different ways—drinking, drugs, sex, music—to find that creative zone. Hayley finds it with Enzo.
What inspired you to cast Emily Browning as Hayley?
At the time we were casting Twilight, all the fans online wanted Emily, not Kristen Stewart, to play Bella! I met with Emily. She had just come off a distressing experience on a movie and was like, "I don't know if I want to act again or just go back to Australia and lie on the beach." She was not in a head space to commit to a possible trilogy. But I loved her. She has a very special, unique, and kind of magical quality and fearlessness. She also has an amazing voice—it has a lot of soul and texture. She sings in this film.
You've said that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were perfect for their roles. What did you see in them that made you cast them?
I thought Kristen was just amazing in Into the Wild. When I read the novel Twilight, I kept picturing her in that scene, where she’s sitting in the trailer, hoping to seduce Emile Hirsch. Her yearning was palpable, real, and intense. I thought, "This girl would be wonderful." So Summit flew me out to Pittsburgh, where she was shooting Adventureland. We took an actor with us and improvised a lot of scenes. To find Edward was tricky, because how he was written, he was perfect, with these cheekbones, and he was also wise beyond his years. We whittled it down from hundreds of actors to four. I'd only talked to Rob on the phone when he was much younger. He flew out on his own dime and stayed on his agent's couch. The four actors came over to my house and we workshopped all the "chemistry" scenes. With Rob and Kristen, it was apparent that those two just connected and had a magnetism for each other that was electric, right there on the spot.