Kristen Stewart, one of the most sought-after actresses thanks to the success of the "Twilight" vampire films, was a top choice to play the "new Snow White," according to the director of "Snow White and the Huntsman," while the actress says that despite her fame, she loves "fighting" for a part.
The 22-year-old actress plays a tougher version of the traditional Snow White character in the film, which hits theaters on Friday, June 1, and trains to become a warrior and battle the Evil Queen, played by Charlize Theron, with the help of the Huntsman, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth of "Thor" and "The Avengers."
Director Rupert Sanders told MovieLine that he had actually never seen the "Twilight" movies but had watched her performances in "Panic Room," "Into the Wild," "The Runaways" and "Welcome to the Rileys."
"We looked at a lot of people who weren't known and then we started meeting more known actors," Sanders told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith, regarding the casting of Stewart. "I think when we met Kristen, we all just looked at each other and went, 'This is the girl,' because obviously, when you're looking at performances, you're looking at a performance, not the person."
"When we met Kristen, we saw this kind of, this slightly wild, very rebellious, kind of independent girl and I think that that really epitomizes what the new Snow White is - she's not sitting around, she's not a damsel in distress, waiting for her prince to come," he added. "They're all following in line behind her. She really summed that up for me. She really had that spirit."
When asked by guest host Mike Greenberg of ESPN on the ABC daytime series "LIVE! with Kelly" in an episode that aired on Thursday, May 31, if she had to still audition for acting roles, Stewart said: "I love fighting for a part. I really like being chosen for the right reasons."
Fighting obviously made up a large part of filming "Snow White and the Huntsman," although there were some mishaps - Hemsworth told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he suffered a "big black eye" and a swollen nose after Stewart punched him in the face accidentally on the set. Stewart joked on "LIVE! with Kelly" that Hemsworth "cried" after the punch.
"She was never the one who was injured by these people," Sanders told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "It was always the other way around so you can see the stunt guys when the old sword was flying, kind of stepping back a bit."
"She, like the other actors, they commit," he added. "We all had a lot to lose from this not working out as we wanted it, Kristen included. We really had a point to prove and we really wanted to do something that was very intense, very modern and very exciting and so when you're putting yourself that far into something, stuff can go wrong. It's a dangerous operation but my job is to just let it just get to that level where no one's going to die but they might have a few bruises."
Stewart has shown a non-violent but still unconventional side during celebrity events - the actress often trades her stilleto heels for comfortable sneakers during and soon after walks down a red carpet and interviews on talk shows.
"I've got someone carrying them," she joked on "LIVE! with Kelly." "I'm just trying to be different. Just trying to be cool."
"I can get around to so many more of these guys," she added, looking at a group of fans seated near the studio stage with signs.
Sanders told OnTheRedCarpet.com that there is a chance of developing a sequel for "Snow White and the Huntsman."
"It's a bit early to commit too far but if we find a story that we feel is better than this one, then we'll do it," he said. "I don't think we're going to do something half-baked just for the sake of it. I mean, all the actors here are very busy. They don't need to commit to something unless they really love it so if we don't come up with something we really don't love, we won't do it."
Additional reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).