Twilight Director Catherine Hardwicke Confirms Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s Romance

After pictures of them almost holding hands at an airport surfaced earlier this week, the furor over Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s possible offscreen romance has been reignited. Catherine Hardwicke, the director for the first Twilight move, fans the flames in a recent interview, implying Stewart has finally decided to “give this a go” with Pattinson.

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“After I cast him, I told Rob, Don’t even think about having a romance with her. She’s under 18. You will be arrested,” Hardwicke told TIME in a recent article on the Twilight phenomenon. Pattinson and Stewart first met when the British actor flew to Los Angeles to test for the role of Edward Cullen- a role both Hardwicke and Stewart lobbied for him to get.

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“I didn’t have a camera in the hotel room. I cannot say,” Hardwicke continued about their time together shooting the first installment of the franchise. “But in terms of what Kristen told me directly, it didn’t happen on the first movie. Nothing crossed the line while on the first film.”

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However, the chemistry was clear from the start and it seemed like a romance with Pattinson was only a matter of time.

Hardwick added, “I think it took a long time for Kristen to realize, O.K., I’ve got to give this a go and really try to be with this person.”

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