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.
And it's so rare to be able to shoot in the real locations.
When we have dinner, we were actually in The Oak Room and when we were doing a scene in the house Ally [her character] grew up in, that was in Queens." Of course, the downside of shooting around the city is that Twilight fans and paparazzi had easy access to locations. "We shot 90 per cent on location in Manhattan or Queens so it was very accessible. So it was difficult for Rob and I to figure out the logistics of a rehearsal when you've got thousands of people watching.
At 28 – five years Pattinson's senior – she is still girlish enough to pass for 21."She's really cool," says Pattinson, pushing back his James Dean-esque mane, when we meet later that afternoon."She was actually the last girl we saw and she was cast on the day of her audition, so we went straight out to a bar.But this much we know: she married the American actor Josh Janowicz in June 2006 after being together for four years.The couple separated last year, but are rumoured to have reunited.I try to keep out of that." De Ravin is part of a new breed of celebrity – like Pattinson and his Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart – who shun the glamour and adulation that many see as a perk of the job.When de Ravin slouched onto the red carpet at the London premiere of Remember Me recently, grinning awkwardly in her black Oscar de la Renta mini-dress, she and Pattinson looked as though they would rather be anywhere else.Despite their 'I'm-so-normal' façade, journalists are warned not to ask about their private lives on pain of death.A hovering publicist peers up from her Black Berry at the mere hint of a personal question to de Ravin (it could be worse: no less than three handlers accompany Pattinson during his interview)."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.