Did you know what you were getting yourself into with these films?
Not at all (laughs). I didn't understand. First of all, I didn't know what Twilight was until I got the part and then after that, I knew we had our shirt off a lot so I'm glad Summit got us a trainer. And between films, I hired myself a trainer at Crunch gym. So I'd work out that way. I had to keep adding on more muscle so I could be bigger and bigger. I didn't want to be cut. I wanted mass. Like the guys you see in prison (laughs). Those guys, they're not models. That's what I wanted -- more like I could tear your head off.
Who would you say is the strongest in the wolf pack?
Let's see... I would go with... between Alex Meraz and [Taylor] Lautner. That's an interesting question. We never really did a strength test. I can lift a lot (laughs). I'm pretty strong. I don’t know. I don't know if we could do it now. We're all like tapering off the gym. I guess we should have done that during Eclipse during the height of our strength training.
You've stuck up for Kristen Stewart in interviews before. Why do you think the media is so hard on her?
I don't know why. People need to back off her. She's really a nice girl. I just don't think she's into the whole game. I kind of feel that way too in the sense that, "Why do I have to keep selling myself to the media to watch a movie? Why can't you just look at the work?" I think she does that and she's a really nice person. If you sit down and have coffee with her or chill out with her one-on-one or in a group, she's really a cool person. I tip my hat to her for not catering to the media. Because in the end, we're just actors. We like to work. We like to be other people. That's what we do. We're not celebrities. That's the thing. I don't think she wants to be a celebrity. She's not a reality show star. She's just a person who wants to work as an actress. People need to back off from her.
That's how today's culture [is]. We're surrounded by people who just want to know who you're dating and your personal life, and it's different nowadays then it was back maybe 15 years ago, almost 20 years ago. You were able to have a private life, do your work and people [could] judge you on that. I remember I didn't know sh*t about Sean Penn. I just knew he was a great actor. You didn't know about his personal life too much. Same thing with Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. But nowadays, it's like you have to sell a part of your soul to launch a movie. I don't like that part. I'm really trying hard not to do it. But somedays, you just have to play the game and that just sucks.
Breaking Dawn comes out in November. What other projects do you have coming up?
I'm filming Winter in the Blood in August and that will probably be out later in the year. I really want to explore more independent movies because Twilight is so huge. It's really big. Big, mainstream movies are great. I love [them]. But as an actor, I get to explore more, work a lot more and stretch myself more with independent films. It's nice to go back down and really be an actor and work that way with independent movies, so I'll probably do a few of those. I'll see what happens. Like I said, I'm just along for the ride.
And do you think fans will be happy with this film?
I think they are going to be very happy with Breaking Dawn. Bill Condon, the director, is an amazing man. He's a very loving, caring director and he pays attention to detail. I think the fans are going to be very satisfied.
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