Few actors get a chance to play one character over the course of five or more feature films — that is a club usually reserved for men playing James Bond or members of the “Harry Potter” cast. But Kristen Stewart joined that exclusive club when it was announced this spring that the final installment of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” saga, “Breaking Dawn” would be cleaved in two.
So over the course of four years and five films, the sizeable audience for Meyer’s books will strongly identify Stewart with Bella Swan, much as Daniel Radcliffe has grown to be many readers’ primary image of The Boy Who Lived. Stewart, speaking during a press day for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” at Los Angeles’ Four Seasons Hotel, characterized her unusual position as a genuine gift.
“This is a really unique situation,” Stewart said, leaning on the banquet table in front of her as she considered the impact of her casting. “I get to play her for a really long time and that’s also a serious indulgence and something that’s really lucky because I feel really sad when I lose a character at the end of a short shoot, which is typically six weeks on a small movie, which is what I’m used to. It’s definitely, obviously the one role that’s put me in this sort of epic position.