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"Twilight" hunk Robert Pattinson is making new comments about his real-life relationship with his onscreen love Kristen Stewart.

Pattinson tells Vanity Fair that he and Stewart are "good friends" and also says, "I think she's the best young actress around."

'Twilight' director Catherine Hardwicke explains the chemistry between Pattinson and Stewart: "What Rob and Kristen had is a multitude of feelings for each other. Complex feelings for each other. It was what we needed. Complex, intense fascination."

The article reveals the story behind why Rob Pattinson almost missed out on playing Edward Cullen in the hit supernatural series.

At the time that he was cast in 'Twilight,' he had been axed from a London play before opening night. He made a tape of himself to send to the 'Twilight' filmmakers, but decided against submitting it. It was only after an exhaustive casting search turned up no suitable Edwards that Pattinson's name came up. Summit Entertainment president of worldwide production Erik Feig tells the story to Vanity Fair: "[I told a colleague], 'I know we've looked. I just feel there are a couple of rocks that we haven't checked under.' I said, 'There have to be British actors that we don't know about that are this guy, who can do a great American accent.' I said, 'Do me a favor, Go to IMDB and look at every young actor, from age 15 to 25, who was in 'Harry Potter' or anything, even a tiny role, print out their headshots.'"

At this point the Summit team came across Rob, and the rest is movie history.

Check out Vanity Fair's cover story on Rob, on newsstands this week. 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' hits theaters on November 20.