Glamour Magazine Has a Two Part Interview with Charlie. Read Below for more…
Were you a Twilight fan before you were cast in New Moon?
I wasn’t a Twilight fan. I just couldn’t get over that whole alpha male-ism that there might be a better-looking person out there in the world but me. (LAUGHS)
What was it about the part of Demetri that part that attracted you?
With Demetri, I knew that I could bring something to this character that no one else could; a certain energy and flare and charisma that I could really bring to him and make my own.
How was it coming into the cast for the second movie as an outsider?
A lot of people misquoted me when I said that it was difficult to come into a group of actors like that and they thought that the whole Hollywood cliché was the problem, but what it is is that with Twilight you have a phenomenon that’s only a year old and everyone has gone through it together; the staple six or eight characters in this film have gone through this massive amount of attention from the world and they have had to bond; they’ve had no choice, whether they liked each other from the start or not. And for people to come onto the set on such a high profile film and expect to just walk in and start high-fiving, that’s just not logical and human nature, and it does take two or three days for people to adjust to someone’s personality and sense of humour, etc.
Have any of the other cast-mates given you advice on how to deal with the hype, because Robert Pattinson especially has a lot to deal with?
I think Rob is dealing with it very, very well. I mean given the fact that he is the most photographed person in the world and that he can’t leave his front door. I mean when I speak to Rob, he doesn’t seem like he’s changed too much from when I first met him or from what I’ve seen of him in interviews before that. He’s still a very grounded person, someone who massively enjoys what he’s doing and an avid musician so I think he’s having a fantastic time. Did he give me advice? Not really. I think everyone deals with it in their own way.
Did you have much trouble with fans during filming?
I embraced the whole fan thing but it’s not the level as maybe Rob has. This is my stance on the whole thing. You’ve got to try and soak this experience up because people don’t go to this kind of thing every day and you are blessed to be part of something that attracts so much attention so, you know, give the fans back as much as possible within reason. Just a case in point when we were filming in Italy, a very small rustic little village on top of wonderful long Tuscan vineyard landscape, we had a huge film set that landed there for a week or two in June. Then because of that, 5,000 kids broke their piggy banks and breathed life into this middle-aged village and made this experience – I felt very, very famous that week. I felt like royalty. The treatment we got out there was just humanity at its best from everyone from the fans to the crew.
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you since making New Moon?
I think the Montepulciano experience. The shooting in Italy – I actually wrote a small article on it that I’m hoping to get published. I can’t really put into words. I have to really sit down and think about how much of an amazing experience it was.
You mentioned writing. Is that something you’d like to do more of?
When I go through an experience like that, I think it deserves to be gold-plated and immortalised with writing. There have been a couple of incidences where I have been through some very emotionally-cathartic experiences and felt the need to write about it. I did an Iron Man triathlon down in Mexico but I did it all myself and it was a very emotional thing to go through, physically exhausting but then the emotional rebound that came off the back of it – I had to write about it.
New Moon is released on 20 November