'Twilight' at 10: Director reveals how Kristen Stewart kissed her way through four actors to find perfect Edward

Casting Bella Swan was the easy part for Catherine Hardwicke when it came to finding her two leads for the YA adaptation/future hit/cultural phenomenon Twilight.

Hardwicke had seen Kristen Stewart opposite Emile Hirsch in the 2007 drama Into the Wild and knew the young performer had the goods to play a headstrong teen who falls for benevolent vampire after relocating to the woodsy Pacific Northwest.

“She’s sitting in the trailer, and she just wants to make out with him so bad. And I thought, ‘Oh, I just love that longing that this actress is able to convey,'” Hardwicke told Yahoo Entertainment during a recent stop into our studios to commemorate the film’s upcoming 10th anniversary theatrical re-release and new Blu-ray/4K edition (watch above).

Hardwicke had no problem finding her lead actress, even when the original casting list included the likes of Jennifer Lawrence. But choosing her sparkly male counterpart, the eternally 17-year-old vamp Edward Cullen and subject of Bella’s swooning, proved more challenging.

“I looked at tons of guys, and a lot of them were really cute, like they [could be] the super-cute guy at your high school, but they didn’t look otherworldly, like they’d been around for a hundred years. Like, who had that special quality? We were doing a massive search,” Hardwicke explained.

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Kristen Stewart walks with bare feet at the screening of 'BlacKkKlansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member US actress Kristen Stewart arrives for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member US actress Kristen Stewart arrives for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member US actress Kristen Stewart arrives for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member US actress Kristen Stewart arrives for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
US actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Kristen Stewart removes her shoes on the red carpet as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member Kristen Stewart attends the screening of 'BlacKkKlansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
US actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Kristen Stewart removes her shoes prior to climbing the stairs as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Loic VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member Kristen Stewart attends the screening of 'BlacKkKlansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
US actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Kristen Stewart poses as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Loic VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Kristen Stewart walks barefoot on the red carpet after she removed her shoes as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Antonin THUILLIER / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
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The filmmaker ended up narrowing it down to four finalists: Ben Barnes, Jackson Rathbone, Shiloh Fernandez, and of course, Robert Pattinson.

“They all came over to my house with Kristen and she had an hour-and-a-half with each guy,” Hardwicke explained. “She had to kiss him, and we had to do improvs, and run around and do all kinds of crazy fun stuff, and see who see could really click with.

“And at the end she goes, ‘It’s gotta be Rob.'”

Twilight will be re-released in theaters Oct. 21 and Oct. 23; the 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack will be available Oct. 23.

 

 

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