UNIVERSAL CITY, California — A long time ago, in a faraway land (OK, maybe it was just Portland), the stars of the "Twilight" series were nobodies. Hopes weren't terribly high when that girl from "The Messengers," Mike Dexter from "Can't Hardly Wait" and the kid who died in the "Harry Potter" movies came together to shoot Stephenie Meyer's first novel.
But as the "Saga" stars dominated another MTV awards show this weekend, Robert Pattinson couldn't help but marvel at how far they've come.
"It's crazy," the spiky-haired superstar marveled at the MTV Movie Awards, looking back on simpler times. "For it to have accelerated so quickly."
At the 2008 Movie Awards, the first "Twilight" film was barely approaching the end of production when some last-minute scrambling had Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart walking the red carpet ... so unnoticed that they had to go back and start again because no one was stopping them for questions. Well, except us.
"I should have done a more coherent speech for the Global thing," RPattz said of his Global Superstar win, appreciating the massive audience all over the world that has tuned in over the past few years to hang on his every word (that is, when he's not being cut off by the host). "It's just so ridiculous."
The 2009 Movie Awards were the culmination of the chaos, as KStew and RPattz's initial wave of fame swept over Universal City. This time, the stars were accompanied by Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Taylor Lautner and Peter Facinelli — many of whom weren't even invited the previous year. By the end of the night, they were the new kings and queens of the show.
"I still don't have any idea what's going on," Rob admitted to us backstage this year. "I just have to keep working to not explode.
"I'm incredibly appreciative of every little piece that's come together," he concluded, flashing that same charming, uneasy grin that he's brought with him to Universal City for the past three years, "so I can be living this ridiculous life."
Relive the wildest, funniest and most-jaw-dropping moments of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, watch revealing red-carpet interviews and get exclusive movie clips after the show at MovieAwards.MTV.com.