Saturday update: Good news "Twilight" fans - this morning Summit Entertainment announced it is moving forward on production of the next film in the franchise, "New Moon," based on the second novel in Stephenie Meyer's series.
Posted by Kathy Lyford
"Twilight's" Rachelle Lefevre, who plays menacing vampire Victoria, has had a crazy week. And she still took time out to answer your questions. We all owe her a big thank you!
Over the last few years, I've watched Rachelle's career take off. She's been on lots of auditions, booked several jobs and has had a few disappointments. Through it all she's remained positive, focused and determined.
About a year ago, when she told me she'd gotten a job working on a vampire movie based on Stephenie Meyer's series of books, I had a feeling it was going to be something very big for her. So it was a real treat for me to be there at the premiere of "Twilight" on Monday night and watch her enjoy all the hype and adulation surrounding the film. The pictures here are from the red carpet.
I hope all you fans enjoy the Q&A and that you loved the movie! Some of you may still be standing in line at your local theater to get a chance to see it.
We'll start with a TV question, since that's what this blog is all about...
Q. You are truly one of my favorite people to see on the TV screen and always love when your name appears as a guest star for a given episode. Now that you are involved with such a big film, will you be concentrating more on movies or can we still look forward to seeing you on TV? And if you were to get a part in a series, would you prefer a comedy or drama? - Keith
A. Thank you so much for all your support! My first love really is film. I love the idea of giving my all and really exploring something for a few months and then trying something else. That being said I have been building a career in TV for a while now and I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I have been given. I love doing arcs on shows because you get a chance to work with so many different actors and I’ve learned so much. I love TV and I will absolutely continue to look for interesting roles to play on the small screen. If I was lucky enough to be a series regular on a show I would prefer a drama, although I do love dramedy like "Grey’s Anatomy."
Q. If you weren't an actress what job do you think you would be doing? - Cheney
A. I’d be a high school teacher in English and drama.
Q. Have you read the series? Are you on board for being in the next two
movies? Are you sad that your character dies a the end of "Eclipse"? -
A. I have read all four books and love them. As for "Eclipse," I am sad to think about not being in the fourth movie if there is one but as a fan of the books who roots for Bella and Edward, it’s OK with me!
Q. What was the hardest thing you had to do in the "Twilight" movie? Why? - Kayla
A. The hardest thing I had to do in "Twilight" was actually try to look like the cold didn’t bother me because vampires don’t get cold. Edi, Cam and I were barefoot in some pretty intense weather!
Q. I was just wondering what
does it feel like to act out Victoria’s character? And how would you
describe her personality? Also, if you could play any other character
in the movie what would it be? And I would also like to know if there
will be for sure movies coming out in later years for each book? -
A. Victoria was amazing to play because she is so free. She enjoys being menacing and doesn’t control her impulses. If I could play any other character I think I would still play Victoria because she is the most different from me and therefore the most interesting to explore. We really hope we get to do the other films but there has been no official word that I know of.
Q. When you were filming
"Twilight" at the end of the day did you ever feel like you were still
in character? Do you still hang around the actors that were in
"Twilight" with you? - Renai
A. I didn’t stay in character and I tried not to take Victoria home at night. But we did hang out a lot as a cast, which was great. We hung out so much that I nicknamed filming the movie "vampire camp." I still keep In touch with a few people and now consider them good friends.
Q. How excited were you when you found out that you had recieved the part of "Twilight" in the movies? - Kayla
A. I was ridiculously excited. I wanted the role really badly.
Q. What were your best and
worst experiences on the set of "Twilight"? Also, how many people
auditioned for the role of Victoria? Were you happy when you found out
that you had gotten the part of Victoria from the group of people.
Comment: I have seen the behind the scenes and the twilight clips and I
can tell that you have really trylu brought the character Victori to
life. Thank you for that!
A. Firstly, thank you so much for your lovely comment! My favorite moment is ongoing and it’s getting to know the whole cast, whom I adore. There really haven’t been any “worst” moments except maybe being barefoot in the cold during filming! I don’t know how many people auditioned for Victoria but I was ecstatic to find out I got the part.
Q. Adding your godess like hair and your personality into the mix, what godess would you most likey be? - Tina
A. What a lovely question! I remember learning about all that mythology in school but can’t remember all the gods and goddesses so it’s hard to say. As for Victoria, I definitely think she would be the god of war.
Q. How does it feel to be
Victoria and to be a part of the "Twilight" phenomenon? When did you
decide to do this movie? Why did you want to do this movie? How do you
think you fit this character, in this movie/book?
A. As I answered in a previous question the best part about playing Victoria was that she is so free. Being a part of something this popular has truly been a gift and an opportunity I will never regret or forget. When I auditioned I knew I would do the movie if they offered it to me because I had read "Twilight" and loved it but also because I really wanted to work with (director) Catherine Hardwicke. I can only hope that the fans think I did Victoria justice.
Q. Who was your favorite
member of the "Twilight" cast to work with and why? Who is your
favorite character in the series and why? If sequels are made what part
of the story are you most looking forward to filming? - Leah
A. I’m going to have to say Edi Gathegi because when we are together we never stop laughing. Edward is my favorite character because he is so conflicted and yet always manages to sacrifice his desire to put Bella first. If we get to "Eclipse" I am so excited for my fight scene at the end!
Q. Victoria and James are
supposed to be partners in the movie. Have you bonded with Cam to make
the partnership realistic? - Hayley
A. Cam is really easy to get along with. He kept to himself quite a bit so we never hung out off set but it wasn’t necessary in order to feel a connection. He is very sweet and has such a great smile that I was always comfortable around him.
Q. Some people have potrayed
Victoria's motives for wanting to kill Bella as an act of love, what do
think of her motives in later books? What are your hopes and goals for
the future in terms of your acting career and possible "Twilight"
sequels? - Gatchpatch
A. It is easy to see why Victoria’s wanting revenge can be seen as an act of love since it seems she is avenging James, however I have a different take on it. I see Victoria as someone who believes that vampires occupy a rightful place at the top of the food chain and she is very much obsessed by this power. For her, the fact that a vampire should be killed to protect a mere mortal goes against the natural order of things and so by killing Bella (and the Cullens who protected her) she is restoring order and balance to her world. If we get to do the second and third films I’m really looking forward to exploring that more.
Q.What was a funny moment you saw on the set of Twilight? – Kayla
A. Because it was so cold we all used to huddle around these heaters drinking tea and hot chocolate and it was really bizarre to look over and see a group of supposed vampires shivering and huddling in the cold.