"Our relationship in the film is intense," she nods.
"We spent a lot of time together, talking about our characters and their relationship, because it's so important to be comfortable together.
It was so close to filming that we didn't have time to rehearse.
But she got it right from the beginning, so it was easy." De Ravin agrees that the best preparation was getting to know each other.
Then, when we were actually shooting, everything fell into place and felt natural.
It didn't ever feel like we were reading a scene or going through the motions." Watching Pattinson brooding or de Ravin screaming at her on-screen father (Chris Cooper), I have to ask: did they manage to have any fun on set?
Pattinson's first project since the unprecedented success of the Twilight films sees him as an angry rich kid – sans creepy vampire makeup – who falls in love with a ballsy young philosophy student, played by de Ravin.