Q&A: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn--Part 1' star Nikki Reed

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November 14, 2012|By Matt Pais | RedEye movie critic

Can you believe “Twilight” star Nikki Reed got married a month ago (to “American Idol” contestant Paul McDonald), totally stealing the thunder from the wedding of Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1”?

“Stealing their thunder?” says the 23-year-old actress with a laugh. “I don’t think it’s possible to steal Edward and Bella’s thunder … I think every interview I do everyone’s like, ‘It’s the most anticipated wedding of the decade!’”

For the record I didn’t call it that, but there’s no denying that the first installment of “Breaking Dawn,” opening Nov. 18, comes with boatloads of shrieking, capital-letter-tweets anticipation. In the fourth and penultimate onscreen chapter of Stephenie Meyer’s megahit franchise, Reed (who got her big break in 2003 when she co-wrote and starred in “Thirteen”) reprises her role as Rosalie Hale, who helps Bella through her controversial pregnancy not long after the wedding. After all, giving birth to a vampire ain’t easy. (So we’ve heard.)

At the Elysian Hotel the day after walking the red carpet at the House of Blues, L.A.-native Reed talked about filming in miserable conditions, extreme “Twilight” fandom and why she won’t be writing “Twenty-Six,” the follow-up to “Thirteen.”

You’ve spent time walking around Chicago. How many people recognized you and started shrieking immediately?
Um, I dress in a very—right now I was just working so I have like high heels and a dress on—but I generally go around in like leggings, my running sneakers. I just went all over Europe, all I brought [were] my bright blue sneakers and leggings and like a hoodie and I just sort of rock n roll. I don’t really get bugged too much on the street.

What’s something that felt new for you in “Breaking Dawn,” and how weird was it to actually have some characters be happy in this installment?
I know, huh? I got to smile in this movie. That was fun, right, doesn’t happen. There’s a scene at the end when I’m holding the baby and you see Rosalie genuinely smile like real happiness, and even the way Bill shot it with the light it just felt warmer overall. What felt different about this, I mean a lot.

First of all, Bill Condon is actually a genius and to step into these movies alone you have to be insane. There’s so much to do, it’s not like they give us bajillions of dollars to make these. We don’t have the budget that like “Harry Potter” has or any of those films. So it’s a lot of work and we also introduce 30 or 40 new actors in the last two movies and Bill somehow juggled every aspect of his job, he did such a beautiful job juggling.

I really liked making “Breaking Dawn” for selfish reasons, just for Rosalie I felt really happy for her, I feel like she was accepted back in the Cullen family again. But it was long. Shooting two movies like this back to back, it was rough. It was long. And we also shoot, just because we play vampires, we shoot in the most depressing locations possible with the worst possible weather. It looks sort of like this, if it looks like this, we can shoot. Because it’s about to rain and the sky is like swelling but it hasn’t done it yet, and it was like this for eight months and it actually really affects you. [Laughs.] Because I’m a very outdoors-y person, I like to hike, I like to run, I like to be outside, and I have my dog, and I brought my dog up to Squamish [British Colombia] for the last couple of months and I just remember being like, “Ugg, sorry boy, now you’re stuck in this little tiny apartment in Squamish and we can’t even go run around outside like I thought we could.”

There are so many really, really serious “Twilight” fans.
Pretty serious.

How does one know when their “Twilight” fandom has perhaps gone a little far?
See, the problem with that question is then it sounds like we’re criticizing the fanbase. Throughout the years I used to be really kind of scared of it and now it’s not that I’ve embraced it, it’s that I can actually just appreciate it because I mean I don’t know what my other co-stars, how they would feel about me saying this, but it’s gonna end. [Laughs.] For all of us. And being in “Twilight” does not necessarily make you a superstar. It gives you the opportunity to maybe have a career if you work your butt off and continue to. This fandom, um, I mean they’ve done some pretty gnarly things.

What’s the most extreme?
I’ve seen underwear being thrown at Taylor [Lautner] from women who are not 14 years old, by the way.

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