Kristen Stewart plays a "super-human" version of the heroine in "Snow White and the Huntsman" but there was one particularly difficult aspect of filming that spurred her to face a longtime fear.
"Riding the horses was probably the most challenging thing for me," she told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith. "I was really looking forward to really pushing myself in a real way and like ... representing a character that wasn't like, a superhero, and so I knew that everything I was going to do was actually going to actually, physically, be me.
"I had a great double - my stunt double did a lot of awesome stuff, but the horse thing, man, it's just so powerful, these animals, especially the charge down the beach in the armor, with 100 horses behind you. I would rather hang out and watch them sort of like prance around a pasture. They're beautiful and I don't like telling them what to do," she added.
Director Rupert Sanders told MovieLine that Stewart had suffered a "bad horse-riding accident" when she was a child and praised the actress for overcoming her fear.
He added that he had never seen the "Twilight" film franchise, which made Stewart famous worldwide, and had cast her after watching her other movies, namely "Panic Room," "Into the Wild," "The Runaways" and "Welcome to the Rileys." Sanders told OnTheRedCarpet.com that the actress was an obvious pick for the title role of "Snow White and the Huntsman."
"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, and when we met Kristen, we saw this kind of, this slightly wild, very rebellious, kind of independent girl and that kind of 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 said.
"Snow White and the Huntsman," which is set for release on Friday, June 1, sees a tougher version of the traditional Snow White train 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.""She encompasses all of those things that we know her to be," Stewart told OnTheRedCarpet.com regarding her character. "She's got the connection to the Earth and the animals and she's very selfless and compassionate. But I think what was cool about what we did was we made it super-human."
"It wasn't a fairy tale in that she was like, not real. No one's purely selfless," she added. "So it was about putting her in a real world and like, challenging her to be those things in a really dangerous environment."
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).