The Twilight franchise has earned over $3 billion worldwide, making the saga an undeniably popular sensation. And while the series has fans all over the world, there is one person who seems to be lukewarm about the movies - the star of the series, Kristen Stewart.
Stewart has always been notoriously candid about her opinions. And now that the movies (and her relationship with co-star Robert Pattison) are far behind her, the star is opening up about her feelings during the filming of Twilight.
Stewart's trip down memory lane with DeGeneres was Stewart's first appearance on the show post-Twilight. Previously, Stewart had appeared on the show in 2011 with the full Twilight cast to plug Breaking Dawn.
The actress, who was a teenager when cast in the role of Bella Swan, was shown photos of her and the cast. "I look at those photos and I feel like I'm looking at a college yearbook. It was just after my high school experience would have been, so it feels like just after," said Stewart.
"I don't jump right back into those memories, but as soon as you see a picture you're just, 'Oh, god, it's like yesterday," continued the actress. During the filming of the movies, Stewart began a relationship with co-star Robert Pattison. The two have since moved on to other projects and other people.
"Something personal became not the most personal thing, which is awesome because to share that is great, but at the same time I was 17 or 18 when it all kind of went down, and that's the most uncomfortable, terrible, weird [time]," continued Stewart.
DeGeneres reminded the actress that starring in the blockbuster movies would be enormous for any person - especially someone as young as Stewart. Stewart says that the movies made her who she is today "But at the same time, it was good. It kind of forced me to stand at attention in this way," said Stewart of the overall experience.
DeGeneres pressed Stewart on her feelings of being in the spotlight - especially at the tender age of eighteen. Stewart joked by saying that she's a shy person, but only on the weekends. Stewart continued, "When I do stuff that scares me, good things happen."
Today, Kristen Stewart says she is following her gut when it comes to selecting the projects she works on and is pursuing smaller, more artistic films. Stewart recently became the first American woman to win the French version of the Academy Award for her work on Clouds of Sils Maria.