"New Moon" star Kristen Stewart says "be extreme"

Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:03am EST
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," lovelorn character Bella Swan gets dumped by her vampire man, sinks into depression and later flies to Italy to pursue him. While that may sound too extreme, actress Kristen Stewart thinks Bella is setting a good example to girls.

"New Moon" debuts in theaters on Friday, and the sequel to last year's "Twilight" is expected to have an opening weekend as extreme as its storyline, judging by early interest.

It is the top advance ticket seller of all time for online outlet Fandango.com, and by Tuesday afternoon, MovieTickets.com was reporting nearly 2200 sold-out shows.

At a Los Angeles premiere, thousands of fans screamed and waved signs for their favorite actors. Social networking website MySpace carried a live stream of the event and lured nearly 3 million viewers.

The first "Twilight" made $384 million at worldwide box offices with its tale of high school student Bella (Stewart) falling in love with vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). But in "New Moon," he breaks her heart and leaves for Italy.

Months pass as Bella sits despondent at her window during the day and screams in her bed at night. In between, she finds solace with her friend Jacob Black, a werewolf.

Later, when an unexpected visitor tells Bella that Edward is in danger, she hops on a plane to Italy to save him.

When asked if Bella's actions set a bad example for the 13 year-old girls who will be a big part of its audience, Stewart said she thinks the film's message is a good one.   Continued...

<p>Actress Kristen Stewart, star of the new film "The Twilight Saga: New Moon", poses at the film's Los Angeles premiere November 16, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>