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Bella Swan’s Journey

The end of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 isn’t the end of Bella Swan’s journey. In fact, it’s just the beginning of another chapter.

“I’m so happy that the story is told,” said actress Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella Swan.

Throughout the saga, the audience sees Bella go from an ordinary teenage girl to an extraordinary woman, wife and mother, fiercely defending her family. And much that transformation on screen is due to Stewart.

“I worship at the altar of Kristen Stewart,” said director Bill Condon. “It’s an amazing arc that she has across this [saga].”

At its heart, Bella’s story really is about growing up and falling in love. And in that process, Bella truly comes into her own.

“I was really lucky to have played human Bella for so long,” Stewart said. “The best aspects of every vampire – with all of their gifts – what makes them really special is just an enhanced version of what they were when they were human. So, I really did get to play a really well-rounded version because I actually got to take those steps for real. If you were to take the fact that she becomes a vampire completely away, it’s just a more realized version of who she’s been the entire time. I think that’s why it really touches so many people, too. It really does represent that stage of life where you’re bubbling over with something you maybe can’t put your finger on.”

Stewart started playing the Twilight Saga heroine when she was 17 – the same age as Bella in the first movie. In some ways, they’ve grown up together. But Stewart points out a few differences.

“You question yourself along the way, constantly, and I don’t think you should ever stop doing that. You should constantly question everything. Push harder. I think it just gets a little easier,” she said. “I definitely feel a little more realized. A lot more, actually. Maybe it’s just chance that we happen to be the same age. It’s a tough one because she lives so many years in such a tiny little period of time because of the story, so it’s hard to put yourself there completely. But, I think I’ve grown up a little bit, you know?”

Still, Stewart seems to appreciate Bella’s motivations.

“She’s a girl who has faith in herself enough to not ignore those feelings and find out why they’re even there,” she said. “People think she’s nuts, the entire time, and that she’s losing it. She’s making very odd decisions, but they’re fully informed by feeling. Now, it all makes sense. She can stand up and go, ‘I told you! It was worth it! We held on for a reason.’”

You can see what that reason is when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 opens in theaters Today!

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