As the stars of New Moon travel around the world promoting the movie, they’ve encountered deliriously happy fans at every stop. Our fave blogger Lorabell was lucky enough to see them Wednesday night in London and here are her amazing up close and personal details.
Hi! This is Lorabell and I just got back from the UK New Moon fan event and am still buzzing! In fact, I’ve been buzzing since I found out I’d won tickets and thought I’d reined in my inner-fan-girl until “those” photos of Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart yesterday – after that, there was no hope!
When I arrived at London’s Battersea Evolution, I seriously could not believe the amount of (squealy girls) people waiting to get in – you literally could not see the end of the line! Once beyond the gate – fabulous New Moon wrist band accessory in place – you walked straight up to the red carpet! Lit by a glowing “moon” and lined with flaming torches and more fans, I took my time strolling (OK, so maybe it was more “bouncing”) down and even getting “papped” on the way, whilst trying to contain my excitement that RPattz, Kristen and Taylor Lautner would be walking the same carpet so very soon!
Inside the venue, the excitement continued as the foyer was decorated with real trees and atmospheric fog (very “Forks”) opening into a huge main room, dressed head-to-toe in New Moon posters, eerie red-lights and even cloaked Volturi and bare-chested werewolves. At the front was a huge stage with a giant moon back-drop… and we were three rows in!
Then, screens lit up either side of the room showing the red carpet out-side: Rob was the first to arrive looking gorgeously scruffy as usual and rather more smiley as usual – perhaps due to being back home… yeah that must be it! He graciously gave almost all of the crowd autographs as he grinned his way along the fans.
Taylor arrived next, looking dashingly charming in his dark suit and made his way briefly down the carpet, looking a little too cute – is it legal for someone so young to be so buff? Soon behind, was Kristen – not arriving with Rob as many had hoped – the girl is stunning! She looked rocking in her daring outfit and killer heals, her skin is absolutely flawless and she is super tiny – imaging the most delicate person you know… and then halve that – t-i-n-y!
Whilst we were waiting for the cast to make their way down the red carpet into the venue, the director, Christ Weitz (looking especially dazzling in bright gold trousers) came out to kick things off and bring out Band of Skulls and the Magic Numbers from the New Moon soundtrack to get the crowd going. Like we needed any more enthusiasm?
And then… it was time!
Chris came out again first, taking his seat on the panel and then the presenter introduced Kristen, who sat next to him, Rob who sat on the other side of Chris (and not next to Kristen) and then Taylor on the other side of Kristen: Taylor, Kristen, Chris, Rob. The screaming got so loud it actually became a whole new level of anti-sound – I swear, only dogs (especially werewolves) would have been able to hear it!
The Q&A started and every time the presenter posed a question, the audience would erupt into new screams for their favourite actor. Rob, looking stylistically disheveled in a loose white shirt and black jacket (yum!) was obviously really glad to be back in his home town and in a very smiley mood – he barely ran his hands through his hair at all *swoon* as he does when he’s nervous. He was comfortably joking away on stage about the reaction to his name and saying how the thing he misses most about home is the British Twilight fans… oh, Rob you charmer! He’s obviously as beautiful in person as he is on screen – as I knew from when I’d seen him in NY over the summer – but seeing him out of character and just “Rob”, his most attractive quality is how unpretentious he is – throughout the Q&A he was just being really goofy and laughing away to himself.
When Taylor was asked about his physical transformation for New Moon, he quipped that “it is not always necessary to clean a bit of blood by taking off your whole shirt!” – I’m not sure the audience agreed as they broke into chants of “TAKE IT OFF”… awkward! Luckily, Taylor laughed it off – but Rob thought it was hysterical, breaking into one of his giggle-fits, as he does quite a bit. Considering how young he is and how much pressure must be on those rather muscular shoulders, I was impressed at how he handled himself – answering very openly and almost bashfully – he’ll have Team Edward fans defecting in no time
Kristen was bouncing eagerly in her chair, looking lovely and occasionally waving to people in the crowd – I was impressed at how expressive she was, really putting a lot of thought into her answers. Unfortunately, when it came time for her first question, one tacky fan thought it was a good time to throw her bra onto the stage at Rob – some pantomime “Boos” broke out, which I worry Kristen thought were directed at her – so I quickly organized a chorus of “We love you Kristen!” and she remained impressively poised. When asked who she thought which guy Bella should be with, she got great response by reasoning “if I was Bella’s friend, I’d be ‘dude, please make this easier on me’ because Jacob’s her best friend… but, I gotta say this guy” motioning to Rob, but coyly not looking over as he just grinned.
She went on to say that her favourite time on set was when she and Taylor were playing catch and she chucked it at him with full force, as he caught it “like a mutt” – whereas Rob’s favourite time on set was “shooting the break up scene” laughing again, explaining “I just wanted to see the look on all your faces – DEVESTATION!”
I’ve got to say, throughout the whole event I was somewhat fascinated by Kristen – so much more beautiful in person than I realized and entirely unguarded – she has an impressively composed, genuine and soulful character. She’s obviously sibling-close to Taylor – and I can understand why, with his pure sincerity – they kept making funny comments to each other and pulling little faces. However, I can’t say I didn’t note more than the odd glance between Kristen and Rob – more than the occasional raised eye-brow and side-glance smirk. I can see how Rob could be a very easy person to joke around with but I can also see why they’ve got such great chemistry on screen – there’s a definite spark there and it’s set to “dazzle”!