Film.com talked to Kristen and Dakota while in Los Angeles promoting The Runaways about their careers, their favorite Runaways songs, and The Twilight Saga.
Both of you were new to the Runaways’ music before you became involved in the film. What were your first reactions to their music and how much did it encourage you to sign on to the project?
Kristen Stewart: You read a script that seems all about the music and … the end is sort of bittersweet, but it’s definitely something to celebrate. It’s a happy ending. If you listened to the music and it fell short, it would be like, why are we telling this story? The movie really is about the music.
Dakota Fanning: I loved the music, I really did. I didn’t know it, but then I read the script and I watched all the Live in Japan videos right afterward. Just seeing “Cherry Bomb” and seeing Cherie perform it, I realized I wanted to do it. Now I’ve completely fallen in love with the music and it reminds me of such a great time in my life. I just pretend that I’m still making the movie when I listen to the music!
KS: The weird thing is that it sounds so much like a lot of other songs and bands, but you can hear that it’s original. It just seems fresh, it seems new, it seems like it was their idea. And it’s so young, when you listen to it, it’s so obvious that 15-year-olds wrote this music.
DF: If you really listen to the lyrics, they’re really funny.
Go here to read the full Q&A.