It's not every day that one has to reconcile their romantic feelings toward a sparkling vampire and a hunky werewolf, but it's an emotional conflict Bella Swan faces on a regular basis in the "Twilight" series.
While it's not a struggle Kristen Stewart deals with in her own personal life, that doesn't mean the 20-year-old actress doesn't bring her own experiences into her portrayal of the angst-ridden Bella.
"You are who you are," Stewart told MTV News while promoting "Eclipse," the upcoming third installment in the "Twilight" series. "Everything that I've been through definitely informs the way I feel about everything I play, because you can't claim to be a different person just because you're playing Bella."
Even though Stewart finds her personal experiences helpful in informing her performance, the actress said she tries not to draw upon specific anecdotes while working. "I try not to be specific about it, though, because it gets muddled," she explained. "You're not playing yourself, so if you start putting your personal details in [a performance], it confuses things. But, definitely, I feel generally inspired, if I can relate to something."
As for the aspects of her character Stewart relates to most, the young actress revealed: "I know what it feels like to be unsure. I know what it feels like to be ashamed and having made mistakes and going, 'Hey, it's totally OK to have made that mistake!' I get that, but not specifically."
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