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Instead of spending her late teens and early twenties in college, Kristen Stewart spent them playing Twilight heroine Bella Swan. Now that Breaking Dawn -- Parts 1 and 2 have finished filming, Stewart, 21, is saying goodbye to Bella. In a new interview, the actress describes how it felt to shoot her final scene in the vampire epic that changed her life.
"I'd been anticipating that end-of-Bella moment," Stewart tells W Magazine. "I was going, Oh, my God -- I wonder how I'm going to feel. And the last scene of the shoot was at the wedding. Every single character was there on set. At the end of that day, I was kind of whacked. And so I never really had that moment then.
"Instead, it happened later," she continues. "We needed to film one more sort of honeymoon scene and we went to the Virgin Islands. After that scene, my true final scene, I felt like I could shoot up into the night sky and every pore of my body would shoot light. I felt lighter than I've ever felt in my life."
Stewart, who describes Twilight's two-part cinematic finale as "ridiculously dramatic," says that Bella's "awesome" wedding to vampire Edward Cullen (real-life boyfriend Robert Pattinson) made a lasting impression on her.
"This was my first wedding," she says. "It was insane. And odd. The wedding dress experience was a huge deal. I tried on one version of the dress, and it was like tweak and tweak and alter and tweak and change, and then it’s done. BFD dress. Huge deal."
Although she didn't read the Stephenie Meyer books until after she auditioned, Stewart now admits that she related immediately to the character of Bella.
"I f***ing love me a vampire," she says with a laugh. "I was 17 when I read Twilight, and at the time it was so perfect for me. The script was about young kids who think they can handle stuff that they just can't. And they're going to do it anyway. Because, why not? Just torture yourself. I relate to that. Vampires are a little dangerous -- and we girls like to test ourselves.
That said, K-Stew has definitely grown up over the course of filming. In the photo shoot for the W article, the actress trades her usual casual attire for a '60s glamour-girl look. She's stunningly beautiful in all that eyeliner -- but says she's still a tomboy at heart.
"I have brothers, and that so-called boyish quality was something that I was deathly self-conscious about when I was younger," Stewart confesses. "I was, like, No, I'm a girl. Actually, I'm still embarrassed to say that."