Just A Minute With: Catherine Hardwicke after "Twilight"

Thu Jul 9, 2009 2:01pm EDT
 
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - With last year's surprise box office smash hit "Twilight," Catherine Hardwicke had the biggest U.S. opening weekend ever, $69.6 million, for a female director of a Hollywood movie.

Among her follow-up projects, she has been picked to reteam with her "Lords of Dogtown" star Emile Hirsch on what has been called a supernatural version of "Hamlet" at a liberal arts college. It is being developed by Overture Films.

Hardwicke, whose other films includes teen coming of age tale "Thirteen" and biblical drama "The Nativity Story" spoke to Reuters about connecting with teenagers and life after "Twilight."

Q: Your previous films centered on vampires, skateboarders, biblical figures and students. The common denominator is the main characters are all teenagers. Why is that?

A: "It's definitely a time in everybody's life that's extremely memorable, painful and exiting. It's one of our most dramatic times where we suddenly grow breasts or hair on our chest. We are able to kiss a boy or a girl and drive a car, drink and figure out who we are as a person and where we fit in the world. Great dramatic material happens in a coming of age story and there are so many possibilities. Plus teenagers are also the people who will actually get up off their couches and go to a movie theater."

Q: You obviously have a knack for dealing with teens.

A: "I respect all the teenagers I work with and feel that everything they have to say is just as valuable as anything I have to say. My first movie was written with a 13-year-old girl (Nikki Reed on "Thirteen"). It was about her life so she knew more about that than I did. We can learn from everybody."

Q: You must become like a surrogate mother to them, no?   Continued...

 
<p>Director Catherine Hardwicke poses at the Women in Film 2009 Crystal and Lucy Awards in Century City, California June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>