In The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the war between the vampires and werewolves heighten, leading the Cullen family and the Quileute tribe to combine forces to protect the ones they love from the Newborn Army – made up of newly turned vampires whose viciousness and uncontrollable blood-lust could destroy their community.
The Newborn Army is led by Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard, who has replaced actress Rachelle Lefeve), still revenging her lover James, who was killed at the hands of Edward (Robert Pattinson) and the rest of the Cullen family
Dakota Fanning reprises her role as Jane, a high ranking and powerful member of the Volturi, a coven of vampires who impose the laws of the vampire world.
Both Dakota and Bryce spoke of their evil roles at the press event for the movie.
Dakota, you are so evil in this. What was that like?
Dakota: This is the first time I’ve gotten to play the same character in a different film. It was really great. It’s a fun character to get to play. And, being a part of all that is Twilight is such an honor and still kind of surreal for me.
What do you like about this character?
Dakota: She’s obviously not the nicest person, but it’s kind of fascinating to be able to play someone that takes pleasure in hurting people. That’s a weird thing to get to do and, obviously, something I’ve never done before.
Bryce, how is it coming into this world for the first time?
Bryce: To be honest, I was intimidated going into it, for a variety of reasons, but I felt so lucky to get to meet this group of people. It’s a group of people that have genuine friendships and are so deeply committed to doing justice to these stories, and who always put the character and the story first. Obviously, that’s translated, and I think that’s why the movies are as beloved as they are.
Bryce, how did you approach your big fight scene with Rob Pattinson?
Bryce: There was a lot of fight training that happened to prepare for it. Actors are always nervous about not only hurting each other, but perhaps hitting each other’s face and ending one’s career. So, there was a lot of preparation that made us feel more comfortable, certainly.
I just knew that, if I rustled his hair, millions of young women would want to kill me, so I was quite cautious for that reason! There’s a point at which you’re wrestling for six consecutive hours that it just becomes absurd. You just can’t help, but laugh. It ultimately was great.
Since entering into the Twilight franchise, do your family and friends grill you about what happened on set and what the actors are like? Do you have to figure out what you can tell people close to you?
Dakota: You get the normal questions, but the people that are close to me, especially in school, are used to it by now, so it’s not such a big deal. They forget that I’m even in the movies, so I haven’t really had to deal with a lot of that.
Bryce: Since I was the resident Twi-hard in my group, I was ridiculed for it, and now they fully need to embrace it and support it.
Dakota, you went from New Moon to The Runaways? How were those experiences different, as you worked with Kristen Stewart on both of them?
Dakota: During the summer, when we were doing The Runaways, we both had in the back of our minds that she would have to go do Eclipse pretty much right away.
I came a month or two later, just for a week, to do my part. It was so weird, just seeing each other in different costumes and being different people because we got so used to seeing each other as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, especially with her having the short black hair. She has green eyes in real life, so seeing her with brown eyes and long hair again was so weird.
Obviously, our relationships were very different, in The Runaways and Eclipse. That was fun.
Because this film is darker, did it feel like you were making a horror movie when you shot your scenes?
Dakota: When there was a big fire pit and fake burning bodies in it; that was the only time it felt like I was making a horror film
Bryce: There’s definitely an epic scale to this movie and to this chapter of the Saga that is probably unique and distinct to Eclipse. The story does culminate in this massive battle sequence at the end.
There are multiple threats, like the strife between the Wolf Pack and the Cullens, and there’s the Volturi, and Victoria is after Bella, and there’s a Newborn Army of vampires that now exists. It definitely became like an epic action film.
What was the most challenging scene that you had to do?
Dakota: My one scene! Because I am in such a small part of the film, it adds pressure, just to get that one part right and do the best that you can. In that little moment that you’re in the film, you want to make it the best it can be, the scariest it can be and the coolest it can be.
Bryce: The most challenging part for me was the big fight scene. Because there’s so much build up to that moment, there was so much training that went into the choreography of that final battle sequence and I didn’t want to mess it up. I certainly didn’t want to punch Robert Pattinson in the face!