BEVERLY HILLS, California — Imagine the difficulty in trying to capture true romance onscreen. Think about how difficult it would be to construct a love story that millions would identify with as true to their own experiences, one that hordes of people would believe will last forever, one that will find the truth of a lifetime of companionship, all in about 90 minutes. For every "Titanic" or "The Notebook," there are dozens of clunkers featuring actors with no chemistry, clichéd scenes that show no signs of true soulmate-bonding and countless dollars lost by audience members who enter the theater looking for love and leave with nothing but disappointment.
To many in her generation, "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart is one-half of the greatest love story that exists in cinema. Now she returns this week with "The Yellow Handkerchief," a film that shows remarkable skill in depicting both a grown-up romance (featuring an ex-con played by William Hurt and his old flame played by Maria Bello) and a tale of teenage innocence (depicting a shy boy played by Eddie Redmayne and a mysterious wild child in Stewart). So when we caught up with Kristen recently, we had to ask: What's the secret to making a great romantic movie?
"That's a hard question," Stewart admitted, saying that even after "Handkerchief" and the "Twilight" movies, she still is trying to figure it out. "[The good ones] should all be totally unique."
"And there is uniqueness about [this film]," added Redmayne, a little-known British actor who many are predicting big things for in the future. "In this love story, I like the contrast between the two relationships."
"For me, what's interesting about the film is that the writing is so specific to the idiosyncrasies of relationships, of love," Kristen said of the tear-inducing "Handkerchief" script. "And often I feel like, in Hollywood films, there can be that slightly clichéd perception of what love and what a relationship is."
"In the older one — the William Hurt and Maria Bello relationship — you have a triumphant, real love story, like you really want them to be together and when they're not it feels really wrong," Redmayne explained. "With ours, they may not be together next week — they're crazy kids, like total weirdo loners."
Ultimately, Stewart explained, the best thing about "Handkerchief" may be that it acknowledges that every love story — including yours — is unique. "What I love, that 'The Yellow Handkerchief' actually does, is that it shows there are different types of love," she reasoned. "There are different types of relationships, different types of people that can find a focus and adoration for each other, even in weird circumstances."
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