It was a difficult situation when producers of the first "Twilight" movie approached Robert Pattinson with the idea that he should have longer hair for his role as teenage vampire Edward Cullen. "They wanted me to have extensions down to my hips," he told Entertainment Weekly for their new "New Moon" cover story, on sale tomorrow (the same interviews of which produced Kristen Stewart's now-famous "Okay, we are. We aren’t. I’m a lesbian." line). Costar Kristen Stewart remembers it a bit differently, however. "He’s a liar. He doesn’t remember. He’s remembering how they made him feel, but they were just, like, down to here [pointing to her shoulders]."
Somehow, we don't think Edward would've had nearly as much of his appeal without Rob's disheveled, unkempt mop of hair. Apparently, neither does Rob: "In a lot of ways the hair is 75 percent of my performance," he joked, "so in the second one I said, 'Listen, I need to tone down the hair. Let’s make it a little more real.'" That wasn't the end of Rob's hair dilemma: "In the third one, I’m doing fight scenes and there’s a strand going down my forehead and they’re like, 'We need to do it again because no one will recognize you! No one will know who it is!' I’m like, really, is my face that generic? I have to look like the poster at all times. Just in case they want to use any clip for the trailer. Any clip at all! There were about five people in different departments who, because of my forelock, ended up in tears."
Costar Taylor Lautner had problems of his own. Namely, the fact that he had to fight for his place as an older-looking, stronger Jacob Black when producers weren't sure he would look right for the part. "I kept my eye on the prize 100 percent of the time," he said. "I was motivated. I wasn’t even thinking about anything else… I just wanted to focus on what I could control, and I worked really hard." Kristen told Taylor she's grateful he kept his role. "Thank God you got the job. I wouldn’t have wanted to deal with you if you didn't. After all those months of working out!"
Kristen told EW that it's interesting to see Rob and Taylor lusted after so much. "Seriously, it’s a trip to sit back and look at the sexual objectification of these dudes. I’ve never been asked to do any of this stuff." Though, her every move is still scrutinized. "I don’t mind working every day. It’s just, suddenly, I have this other role. And that’s really disappointing. All I’d like to do is go outside with a book and figure out what to do with the day. And if I can’t do that, then I’m just going to sit in my hotel room on my balcony and chain smoke. [Pauses] I’m going to stop smoking. I’m not such a good smoker, anyway. It’s not in my bones. I’m gonna drop it."
Hopefully she'll drop the nasty habit sooner rather than later.
Are you excited to pick up EW's latest "Twilight" cover? Are you glad Rob has such a good sense of humor about his hair?