Catherine Hardwicke Casts Stars Based On “Electricity”

Catherine Hardwicke—the director behind both “Twilight” and the new movie, “Red Riding Hood“—has an interesting method for casting her leads. She has them make out. “Starting with ‘Thirteen,’ my known technique is to cast the lead, then find someone with whom they have incredible chemistry,” she says. Last week, she explained to us that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson had “electricity” the first time they met—in her kitchen, before moving into her bedroom to rehearse a kissing scene. “The same was true with Amanda [Seyfried in “Red Riding Hood”]. I wanted her to be on fire with the person,” Catherine said. So how did she go about finding this heat? She says she called together 80 of the “hottest guys from around the world,” whittled the pack down to eight, and then asked Amanda to smooch them. “I’d say, ‘You don’t have to kiss them all if you don’t want to,’ and then I’d look over there and think, ‘Whoa!’” Catherine says.

The winning combo ended up being Amanda and Shiloh Fernandez, who Catherine reveals was her runner-up choice to play Edward Cullen in “Twilight.” “Other guys I’ve directed in love scenes, I have to direct them, you know? Like, ‘Do that. Move your arm here,'” she says. “You don’t have to do that with Shiloh — he already has a PhD in just being sexy. He knows how to seduce.”

Sounds like if the directing thing doesn’t work out, Catherine may have a career as a matchmaker. Or casting pornos. [EW]