May 31, 2012 at 9:41 AM ET
Early buzz from "Snow White and the Huntsman" has already revealed that this is not your parents' little princess lost in the wood: Kristen Stewart's title character is a kick-butt, sword-wielding fighter. And it turns out, she's even handier with her fists than she realized -- during a scene in which she has to tussle with Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman, she broke his nose.
"I swear I didn't mean to," she told the TODAY gang on the plaza Thursday morning about clocking the "Thor" star. "He got too close."
Perhaps that happened because she wasn't exactly trained for armed combat. Stewart reported director Rupert Sanders didn't go in for fight choreography or rehearsal. "Basically at the end of the day, (he) put a sword in my hand and said, 'Don't die,'" she said.
But that works for the film, she noted: "You don't want to watch Snow White suddenly become this skilled -- it's so much more from the heart, and she really moves toward fear and doesn't back away from it, so it's really cool to watch her."
The film is rated PG-13 -- but as Stewart told Matt Lauer, it might be okay for his 5-year-old. "It depends," said the actress, who made her name with the "Twilight" films. "When I was 5 I watched a lot of really scary movies."
"Snow White and the Huntsman" opens June 1.