Twilight finally breaks as cult franchise reaches the end

As the Twilight saga comes to an end, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner reflect on the astonishing last few years

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 15th November 2012, 2:42 pm

Kristen Stewart was just 17 years old when she was cast as Bella Swan in the first Twilight movie in 2007.

Back then no one knew what a global phenomenon the movies would turn out to be.

“We didn’t even know a sequel was possible. It genuinely wasn’t the goal,” says 22-year-old Stewart. “Twilight definitely had a following but I think we all kind of imagined it was fairly cult-ish. Then it suddenly took off like wildfire.”

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In this fifth and final instalment, Bella, who married vampire Edward in the last film, awakens transformed.

Robert Pattinson is one of the biggest heart-throbs in the world thanks to his portrayal of the beautiful vampire Edward Cullen but the actor behind the fanged poster boy has remained as self-deprecating as he was at the start of the journey.

The 26-year-old is “pretty excited” that the release of the final instalment is imminent.

“It’s really good that we didn’t get stopped in the middle of the series. We managed to get to the end and I didn’t get fired!” he laughs.

He might be the youngest of the trio but Taylor Lautner, who’s played werewolf Jacob Black in all five films is arguably the most relaxed during the interviews. The buff-looking 20-year-old says he’s “feeling good” about the end of the franchise. “I mean I think there’s mixed emotions for everyone,” he adds.“It’s a bummer it’s coming to an end and it’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but at the same time it’s exciting to get this last one out there and have the fans see it and wrap up the franchise.”

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is released tomorrow