Kristen Stewart’s maternal instincts definitely kicked in when she played mother to MacKenzie Foy’s character Renesmee, the offspring of Bella and Edward. Their vampire superpowers helped cement the bond, she says.
On it’s face, the relationship may have seemed difficult. Afterall, Kristen is only 10 years older than Foy, who is 11, so there is no way they could ever be mother and daughter in real life.
But on the set, it was different. “[My relationship with Renesmee] is so completely rooted in this world, and I could relate to it because I very much believe it,” Kristen tells Entertainment Weekly.
Renesmee and Bella share vampire powers, including the ability to psychically communicate with each other. “It’s a really cool relationship. I hope it comes across,” Stewart says.
Foy seems perfectly cast for the role. She bears a striking resemblance to both Rob and Kristen. “Even our hands look similar,” Stewart says. “It was kind of strange. But it’s funny how it actually helps. It’s like, ‘Oh hey, you look like me , kid” Come on!’”
The affection was mutual. “They are super-nice,” she says of Rob and Kristen.
Director Bill Condon hand picked Foy during auditions. “It’s a hugely important part,” he says. “There were a lot of kids. But this was kind of obvious. It was one of those rare times when you see some-thing – like with an apartment or house – and it feels good and you just need to take it.
“I felt that way, like, ‘Oh, this is good.’”
Condon was also first to notice the paternal connection.
“It really brought something paternal out in Rob, and Kristen was especially protective. I’d have to interrupt them when they were in deep conversation to get going with a scene,” he explained.
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