Those of us who grew up in the naughties will know that Twilight was a pop culture phenomenon. Whether you were a fan or not, there was no getting away from this teen love story involving vampires, werewolves and even weird ‘immortal children’. In total, five films were created based on the four novels by Stephenie Meyer, a movie franchise which has generated over $3 billion in revenue worldwide.
However, there are still some things that you might not know about the production of the series. Whether you’re Team Edward or Team Jacob, this list will appeal to any Twilight fans who want to know a little bit more about what exactly went on behind the scenes…
1. Stephenie Meyer said that the idea for the books came to her in a dream
Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series has sold over 100 million copies in 37 different languages, so people are often keen to know – where exactly did she get her billion dollar idea from?! In fact, Meyer claims that the idea for the books originally came to her in a dream. She saw an image of a boy and girl sitting in a field of grass and the boy was sparkling, which would later become a reference to Edward Cullen’s inability to withstand direct sunlight.
2. Henry Cavill was first choice to play Edward Cullen
Superman fans might be interested to know that Henry Cavill was Meyer’s first choice to play everyone’s favourite brooding vampire, Edward. However, by the time they started filming he was simply too old for the part.
In the end, Robert Pattinson earned the role and the rest, as they say, is history. However, it all could have been so different. The part was extremely sought-after and many actors auditioned for the role, including Ben Barnes, Shiloh Fernandez and Jackson Rathbone – all of whom made it onto the final shortlist. Rob won the part of Edward due to the chemistry he had with Kristen Stewart, who had already been cast as Bella Swan.
Speaking of Bella, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the role but was unsuccessful. Instead she went on to star in another massive film franchise – The Hunger Games.
3. Kristen Stewart had to wear contacts throughout the entirety of filming
Unfortunately for Kristen, her naturally green eyes didn’t match the description of Bella’s brown eyes in the books. This meant that throughout the entirety of filming, Kristen had to wear eye contacts in order to achieve a look that was more faithful to the original story.
4. Pattinson had to make a weird promise to Catherine Hardwicke, the director
When filming began on the first Twilight movie, director Catherine Hardwicke couldn’t help but notice the chemistry between the two lead actors, to the point where she made Pattinson promise that he would keep a safe distance from Stewart! Kristen was only 17 years old at the time and Hardwicke felt that a relationship would be inappropriate.
We all know how well that turned out…
5. The producers tried to get Pattinson to wear a brace
Americans are often in awe of how distinctive-looking British teeth are compared to their own dazzling white smiles. The Twilight producers weren’t happy with Pattinson’s teeth at all and urged him to get dental work to fix them. However, in a later interview Rob admitted that he never wore the brace like he was supposed to and now he has damaged his teeth permanently.
6. There was a lot of hair drama on set
In the second film, Twilight: New Moon, Nikki Reed (who played Rosalie) had to wear a wig because her hair had fallen out due to the extreme dyeing process used in the first film. It took the hair and make-up department 36 hours to transform her dark strands into platinum.
Furthermore, film executives really wanted leading lady Kristen to avoid cutting her hair – they even offered her various forms of compensation to sweeten the deal. Unfortunately, it didn’t work.
This meant that in Breaking Dawn: Part 1 she had to wear a wig because she had cut her hair for her role as Joan Jett in The Runaways. Kristen also wore a wig during reshoots for the final film in the series, Breaking Dawn: Part 2.
7. Meyer made two cameos in the film series
Stephenie Meyer was very closely involved in the production of the series, and at one point she even decided to try her hand at some acting too. Meyer makes two separate cameos in the film: once in the first film, sat at a laptop in a diner, and another time as an anonymous wedding guest in Breaking Dawn: Part One. Did you spot these appearances the first time round?
8. For the second film, director Chris Weitz insisted on full authenticity for the casting of Jacob’s wolf pack
During casting for New Moon, director Chris Weitz insisted on full authenticity for the casting of Jacob’s wolf pack. As fans of the franchise will know, the wolf pack live on a Native American reservation and are all of indigenous North American descent. As a result, Weitz required that all actors who auditioned for the role were to bring documentary evidence that would prove their Native American ancestry.
9. Pattinson contributed to the film’s soundtrack himself
As well as acting, Pattinson is also an accomplished musician and can play piano, guitar and even the cello. In one scene from Breaking Dawn that had fans of the series swooning, Edward plays Bella a song called ‘Bella’s Lullaby’. The moment looks so realistic because Pattinson was playing the piano himself, and what’s more – he composed the music too! He’s definitely not just a pretty face.
10. Nikki Reed and Ashley Greene had to learn how to play baseball
Fans of the series loved the memorable baseball scene from the first Twilight film, when the Cullens decide to show Bella how vampires play sport. However, Nikki Reed and Ashley Greene (who plays Alice) both had to learn how to play baseball before they could start filming the scene! Nikki even had to learn how to bat left-handed because it ‘looked better on camera’. At least they can put this on their acting resume now.