Kristen Stewart has naturally green eyes. She wears brown contacts for filming to match Bella's eye color.
Kellan Lutz intended on keeping his natural curly hair for the role of Emmett Cullen. However, his previous role in Generation Kill required a buzz cut and his hair didn't grow fast enough for the filming of Twilight.
Henry Cavill was Stephenie Meyer's first choice to play Edward. However, but by the time production was to begin, he was 25 years old, and no longer looked the part of a 17-year old. He was then offered the part of Carlisle Cullen but turned it down due to his commitment with The Tudors.
For the role of Edward Cullen, Robert Pattinson flew from
Hardwicke's house to audition. There, he and Kristen
Stewart, who was already cast as Bella Swan, rehearsed the
"Love Scene"/"Meadow Scene" on Hardwicke's own bed. England
Taylor Lautner had to wear a wig for his role as Jacob Black.
Over 5,000 actors auditioned for the role of Edward.
According to a July interview between network.nationalpost.com and director Catherine Hardwicke, Kristen Stewart was recommended for the role of Bella Swan by Emile Hirsch, her co-star from Into the Wild and whom Hardwicke directed in Lords of Dogtown.
Robert Pattinson stated in an interview that this is his first American role and he had no formal training to perfect his American accent.
When the 'evil vampires' make their first appearance, actors Cam Gigandet, Rachelle Lefevre and Edi Gathegi are all wearing little slippers painted like bare feet.
Jessica in the movie is a combination of the characters Jessica Stanley and Lauren Mallory from the book.
Eric in the movie is a combination of the characters Eric Yorkie and Ben Cheney from the book.
Kristen Stewart wore hair pieces so they didn't have to waste time doing her hair, and therefore had more time to shoot.
Kristen Stewart turned eighteen while filming the movie and was rewarded with a birthday cake - and a full night of shooting.
Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale) and Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale) learned how to play baseball left-handed for the famous baseball scene.
When Bella is searching the internet and finds the link for the bookstore in
, the link
above it is for Little Brown. Little Brown is the publisher of the Twilight
Saga. Port Angeles
Before casting, Robert Pattinson had never heard of the Twilight novel. He only attended casting because he liked Kristen Stewart's performance in Into the Wild.
At the cafeteria salad bar, Bella drops an apple which Edward picks back up and then cradles in his hands, copying the cover image of the Twilight novel. On the one of the DVD's special features Catherine Hardwicke said that took them 13 takes to get it right.
Stephenie Meyer cited the band Muse as her source of inspiration to write her books, and another of her favorite groups is '
Both bands contributed a song to the movie's soundtrack. Linkin Park
It took 36 hours to turn Nikki Reed's naturally brunette hair to blonde.
All of the Cullens can be seen wearing jewelry with the same symbol on it. Edward, Jasper, and Emmett all had the same wristband, and
Rosalie had similar necklaces with the symbol on it; Esme had a bracelet and Carlisle had a ring.
Stephenie Meyer wrote a parallel novel (unfinished) to "Twilight" called "Midnight Sun". It tells the story of the first book from Edward's point of view. In it, he comments that the arrival of Bella to the school has all of the boys "acting like they're in first grade and she's the shiny new toy". This thought is spoken aloud by Jessica during Bella's first lunch in the cafeteria.
The original release date for Twilight was December 12, 2008. When the release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was moved from November 21, 2008, to July 17, 2009, Twilight's release date was moved forward to November 21 in a attempt to fill the Harry Potter gap.
The Cullen family crest (seen worn by all the Cullens) is a lion with a hand over its head, and a downward pointing chevron with 3 clovers. The lion was added because of the famous line "And so the Lion fell in love with the Lamb", but the other portions (chevron, clovers, and hand) are from the actual Cullen Coat of Arms, although there are fewer clovers (2), more hands (3), and a sheaf of wheat on the real one.
Stephenie Meyer had her own personal cast before all the roles were officially cast. They including Emily Browning as Bella Swan, Henry Cavill as Edward Cullen, Charlie Hunnam as Carlisle Cullen, Mary-Louise Parker as Esme Cullen, Rachael Leigh Cook as Alice Cullen,Trent Ford as Jasper Hale, Tom Welling as Emmett Cullen and Olivia Wilde as Rosalie Hale.
Nikki Reed was the one who got the producers to add Robert Pattinson's songs to the film. Reed secretly started recording him from her laptop, while he was singing, and playing his guitar. She then took it to the film producers, were they fell in love with his songs. The next day, they asked Rob if he could sing a few of his songs for the soundtrack, and he accepted.
Cam Gigandet was originally cast as Emmett Cullen, but asked director Catherine Hardwicke if he could play the role of James instead. She agreed.
Robert Pattinson actually plays the piano in the scene where Edward is playing "Bella's Lullaby".
The song playing on the background when Bella comes to "have dinner" at the Cullen's is the aria "Libiamo" from La Traviata. "Libiamo" literally means "Let's Drink", which is exactly what the Cullens do when they "have dinner".
When Bella and Edward are lying in the meadow, the sun coming through the trees makes a heart between them.
Prior to the release of the soundtrack featuring Carter Burwell's scored theme of "Bella's Lullaby", Yiruma's piano composition, "River Flows in You", was largely and erroneously believed by many fans to be featured in the movie as the lullaby. This was due to a popular fan site including the piece by Yiruma on a playlist of songs that served as their personal soundtrack for the Twilight book. While this song was how the fan site imagined the lullaby to sound (and subsequently thousands of fans online), it was never a part of the movie.
As soon as Robert Pattinson was cast, he moved to
and began working on his character, both physically and mentally. He worked out
five hours a day with a trainer: learning to fight, play baseball, and do stunts.
He also had to learn to drive and get an Oregon
driver's license. Oregon
Robert Pattinson moved to Oregon a few weeks before filming began and didn't talk to anyone to try and feel as isolated as Edward Cullen.
The apple on the cover of the book is not only a symbol for the forbidden; in Scandinavian mythology the apple is a symbol for eternal youth and beauty. However, on her official website Stephenie Meyer states that she used the apple on the book cover because of the past literary connections (causing trouble every time) like in Snow White and the Golden Apple Paris gives to Aphrodite in Greek Mythology and because to her apple represents "choice".
Carlisle bit Edward, he whispered something
into his ear. The first time it was "I'm sorry" then "My
son". On about the fifth take he said, "You're sexy".
In the scene where Bella goes to the Cullens house for the first time, when Nikki Reed's character had to break the bowl, she actually cut her hands. This is why she is wearing gloves for the scene in the film.
Peter Facinelli was the second choice to play Carlisle Cullen. When he found out that he lost out on the final round of auditions, he wrote a note to Catherine Hardwicke, saying, "I hope to work with you sometime." At the last minute before shooting, the original actor withdrew due to shooting conflicts. Hardwicke then offered the role to Facinelli, who immediately took up. He had to dye his hair blond before starting work.
Bryce Dallas Howard was offered the role of
but turned it down as she found the role too small. She later took the role
when Summit Entertainment fired Rachelle
Lefevre from The
Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Victoria
In addition to Robert Pattinson and Jackson Rathbone among the 4 finalists for the role of Edward, the other two, according to Catherine Hardwicke were Ben Barnes and Shiloh Fernandez. Rathbone was eventually offered the other role of Jasper instead.
When Edward and Bella are standing in the doorway of the Cullens' kitchen, there is a chess set on the dining room table behind them with red and white pieces, like the cover of 'Breaking Dawn', the final novel in Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight' saga.
Stephenie Meyer: The author of the original books can be seen next to a laptop ordering a vegetarian sandwich in the diner at the beginning of the scene where Charlie asks Bella if she likes the boys in town.
Robert Pattinson unknowingly contributed two songs to this film. Apparently, he didn't know that "a mysterious third party" had given the director a copy of music he had recorded years ago. She decided to use two of the songs, and he was surprised to hear them when viewing early film footage. The songs are: "Never Think" [playing during the restaurant scene] and "Let Me Sign" (plays during the scene where Edward has to drink Bella's blood to save her). Pattinson said he was overwhelmed by how well "Let Me Sign" fit into the film.
While entering the building at the prom,
can be seen at a slot machine to the right of Bella, her hair in a bun, fur,
and dress. Victoria