Who is Rupert Sanders? Five things to know about the director who came between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Stewart and Sanders at a screening of Snow White and the Huntsman in May (Getty Images)
So who is the man who came between Robsten? Here are a few things to know about the moviemaker:
He's British. Like Pattinson, Sanders grew up in London. His mother ran a dollhouse shop, and his father was a neuro-ophthalmic surgeon. Sanders later relocated to Los Angeles for work. "I actually love California," he told the Guardian. "It's like living in the countryside, but the center of the film industry is 30 minutes away."
He's twice Stewart's age. There is a four-year age difference between Stewart, 22, and Pattinson, 26, who have been dating since they met on the set of "Twilight" in 2009. At 41, Sanders is nearly twice the actress's age. Stewart talked to the Swedish magazine Om about what she looks for in a man. "I like men who make me laugh, but who can protect me and take care of me. Security is important to me," she said. "I really want to be with someone who I can trust in all situations."
Stewart and Pattinson were all smiles at Comic Con earlier this month (Getty Images)
"Snow White and the Huntsman" was his first feature film. Sanders' fairy-tale flick starring Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron was his first movie. Before that, he made commercials for major companies, including Nike, Xbox, and Guinness. How did he transition to film? Joe Roth, who produced "SWATH," asked him to make a trailer for the film that he would make if he landed the directing role. Roth clearly liked what he saw. Sanders later talked about working with Stewart, telling PopSugar, "She's tenacious and rebellious and really kind of raw and primal. She was kind of a wild horse -- [and I was] trying to rein her down. She has that kind of modernity that I wanted for Snow White. She's not sitting waiting for the prince to come." Sanders has called his directing style "a very collaborative process." He told the Guardian, "I want everyone to be friends. I create more of an independent spirit so people could get on and have fun together." And fun they had! The wrap party for the movie lasted until 9 p.m. the following day, and after the film's London premiere, the cast partied until 5 a.m.