A Minute With: "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer on "The Host"

Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:20am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer brings her romantic futuristic thriller "The Host" to movie fans on Friday, trading the vampires and werewolves for aliens who invade planet Earth, taking over human bodies.

The film stars, Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder, whose body is taken over by an alien soul called Wanda. Eventually the two-in-one female team work to save the human race from total annihilation.

Meyer, 39, who was raised Mormon and attends church regularly, talked with Reuters about "The Host," working as a producer on the project and how her life has changed since the first "Twilight" film came out in 2008.

Q: How did Saoirse Ronan play Melanie and Wanda in the same body?

A: They have conversations throughout the entire film, but (she plays) two different characters that have different chemistry with two different guys. She's one person, but emoting a separate person when she's with Jared and another when she's with Ian.

Q: How did things evolve for you that you are now producing your adaptations? It didn't start that way on "Twilight."

A: It's not normal for an author to be very involved. On "Twilight," I think they were nervous about me, but I totally behaved. I came on set, I was excited, so they didn't mind having me around. With each movie I was able to be more involved.

I worked really closely with ("The Twilight Saga: New Moon" Director) Chris Weitz, especially with the casting of the side characters. We saw eye to eye really well.   Continued...

Author and producer Stephenie Meyer poses at the premiere of "The Host" in Hollywood, California March 19, 2013. The movie opens in the U.S. on March 29. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni