In an interview to the website, ContactMusic, Catherine Hardwicke speaks about the couple and describes what she felt about Pattinson when she met him for the first time. She says, "I looked at a couple pictures and was like, I'm not sure. He had been fired from his last job, he was unemployed, he was in debt."
Talking about their budding romance, the director reveals that it was Kristen Stewart who first got attracted towards Robert Pattinson. She says, "I have footage of their first meeting at my dining-room table. Kristen was like, It's got to be Rob! She felt connected to him from the first moment. That electricity, or love at first sight, or whatever it is."
However, Kristen was successful in convincing the director to hire Pattinson. Meanwhile, Hardwicke made him promise not to get romantically involved with his co-star.
"I told him, You've got to realize that Kristen is 17 years old. She's underage. You've got to focus, dude, or you're going to be arrested.' I made him swear on a stack of Bibles," the Newsweek reports the director as saying.