This weekend, Kristen Stewart will be seen in theaters across the country alongside Robert Pattinson in what could well be her final performance as Bella Swan in the much-anticipated and highly-acclaimed adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s blockbuster Twilight series. One of the most popular films of the year, Twilight marked Stewart’s impressive cinematic comeback after years of largely being known for her role as Annie Wilkes in the horror series, Mischief. The film was a worldwide blockbuster, receiving immense critical praise and becoming the highest-grossing film of all time for an independent production.

While the reception of Twilight has been universally positive, the actress and her co-stars have recently found themselves at the center of a media frenzy surrounding their personal lives and professional dynamics. It all started with a series of cryptic Instagram posts from Stewart in which she alluded to her involvement in a “spiritual awakening.” In response, the 33-year-old actress and her collaborators have steadily made headlines as each new revelation about their personal lives was splashed across publications’ front pages and social media platforms.

A Royal Wedding And More

Last week, the Twilight co-stars were featured in a Vanity Fair spread chronicling their lives during the filming of the blockbuster. The publication described the on-set atmosphere as “laid back” and “casual” and featured a number of celebrity couples dressed in matching purple outfits. While most of the photos were fairly conventional (and very much in keeping with the PG-13 rating of the film), the one featuring the Twilight stars stood out. In it, Stewart sits on a stool wearing a flowing white dress while Pattinson looks on approvingly as she grasps a champagne bottle.

The following day, it was announced that Pattinson and Stewart had, in fact, secretly wed in October after hiding the engagement from almost everyone, including their families. Despite the low-key nature of their nuptials, the news still made international headlines and was front-page news in several countries. The couple have since remained relatively low-profile, with images of the newlyweds being scarce. Nonetheless, they have continued to grace magazine covers and social media platforms with their playful banter and happy couples’ selfie, further fueling the tabloid coverage and reigniting public interest in their personal lives.

Hiding In Twilight Valley

While Stewart’s social media posts have gained the most attention, it’s Pattinson’s retreat to Twilight Valley which has arguably attracted the most public interest. As the actor has become more famous over the years, so too has the enclave which he shares with his wife. Located in the Santa Monica mountains, around two hours north of Los Angeles, the private community is home to a number of Hollywood celebrities. According to real estate data, the value of a property in the exclusive gated community jumped up by 83% from 2016 to 2018.

A series of Instagram posts by Pattinson in which he described the idyllic nature of his life in Twilight Valley sparked the interest of the public in his personal life. In one, the actor is seen sitting in a hammock, with a picture-perfect view of the Pacific Ocean behind him. Another shows off the sunset behind a large glass beverage cabinet. Many of the posts show pictures of the 35-year-old in front of a mirror, perfecting his makeup or grooming rituals. The image of the groom giving a thumbs-up as his bride giggles in the background has been recreated so many times on social media that it has become an iconic moment of the Twilight series and a symbol of the actor’s appeal.

A Rolling High

The most recent media frenzy surrounding the Twilight stars involves their collaboration on the upcoming film adaptation of Nick Horny’s memoir, Drama Queen. For the role of Sasha Grey, an aspiring pornographic actress who stars in the movie as well as its controversial sequel, Stewart and Pattinson were reportedly paid a combined $1.5 million. Although filming has yet to begin, the two have already made headlines with their distinct style and celebrity.

In keeping with Sasha’s bohemian nature and style, Stewart and Pattinson have been pictured together in a number of stylish outfits. The pair were first photographed while on the set of Twilight in 2014 and have since worked steadily together, continuing to dress fashionably and frequently collaborating with one another on social media.

According to a report by the New York Post, Stewart and Pattinson were not paid equal shares of the combined $1.5 million for their work on Drama Queen. Instead, Stewart was reportedly paid $500,000 while Pattinson received $1 million. The couple have yet to comment on the speculation.

Back To The Future

Finally, it’s important to remember that all of this is just media speculation. There is no actual evidence that either actor has committed any illegal or unethical acts. Both Stewart and Pattinson have repeatedly and strenuously denied any wrongdoing, insisting their marriage has not been harmed by their blossoming public personas.

While this may be true, it’s clear that as the franchise nears the end, the actors are enjoying the publicity that comes with it. In an interview last year, Stewart admitted, “I really haven’t minded the attention, particularly the professional kind…I’m actually at a place in my life where I’ve sort of been enjoying it. It’s been a great ride.” She went on to describe the media frenzy surrounding her as “an education.”

Similarly, in a 2017 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Pattinson described the increased exposure as being “good for my children’s bookseller business.” The actor added, “It’s good for my image. It’s something that they’ll have to get used to as dads. But it’s good.”

It seems that, as with most good things, the hype surrounding the Twilight stars is now coming to an end. Although fans will undoubtedly continue to be interested in following the twists and turns of their personal lives and the adventures of their on-screen counterparts Bella and Edward, the franchise is drawing to a close. In 2022 and beyond, we could well see a decline in the coverage, as more and more people tire of the media circus that is the Twilight phenomenon.

One area that the franchise has truly excelled in is in creating a rich and engaging world that young audience members can get lost in. This is particularly apparent in the case of Twilight itself, which was originally released in 2008, and has continued to develop and grow in interest and appreciation ever since. It now seems fitting that, as the series draws to its close, we should take a trip back in time to relive some of the moments that have made us fall in love with Bella and her adventures in Twilight.