Hey guys! Ellie here, with lots more to tell you about my day on the set of New Moon. As our day on set came to a close, Chris Weitz, the director, came out to introduce himself to us and thank us all for doing such a great job. And we even got to wave hello to Kristen herself! After one of the takes, Jen and I spotted her and started waving at her. She waved back and blew kisses, a huge smile on her face. It was pretty cool--we were huge fans of her work, far before Twilight was even written.
We also heard some exciting rumors about a possible Stephanie Meyers cameo in the movie. Sure, she talked about visiting the set on her blog, but it sounds like she also clocked some time on-screen. Other extras told us she was actually in some of the shots the day before, watching the scene from a plaza window and wearing all red to blend in with the rest of the crowd.
Sadly, we didn’t get up-close-and-personal with Rob. One of the main extra coordinators tried twice to get Robert to come out and say ‘hi.’ Both times, Rob said no, he didn’t want to and he couldn’t deal with it. The fans were so upset that the extras coordinator told them all too boo him as he was driven by—and they did! Really, nobody has any right to criticize Robert for his decision to not come meet the fans. Obviously, we’re disappointed because we’d love to see him and hear a few words from him. (It would be a major morale boost after a long day in the hot, Italian sun.)
But we can’t blame him. The fans were really out of control and some of them broke down in tears after seeing him walk around shirtless! In fact, sometimes the hysteria caused a lot of trouble for the filmmakers during the day. There were times where they’d line up the lighting and actors, start rolling, call action…and no sooner had Kristen begun to run towards Robert, they’d shout “Stop!” Then they’d begin yelling at us through the speaker in Italian to look at the door, because so many people had been staring at Rob. We had all been told to keep our hoods up and our cloaks closed, and to look only at the church—not what was happening between Rob and Kristen.
Once shooting was over, the stand-ins also came out and took a group photo with us. At one point, Kristen’s stand-in leaned down toward Robert’s stand-in. He stood up and grabbed her arm, jokingly biting at her wrist in a blood-crazy manner. (Kind of like what Robert did at the end of Twilight when he sucked the venom out of Kristen’s arm and couldn’t stop.) The fans went wild, laughing and cheering.
After the pictures, one of the yellow Porsches from the book was driven out into the square, which sent the crowd into hysterics as everyone flocked around it. It was a great ending to an exhausting— and amazing—day. I can’t wait to go see the film in November. I’ll be able to say I was there…as I try to pick myself out of the sea of red!