The Cullen Coven of vampires, Carlisle (Peter Facinelli), Esme (Elizabeth Reaser) Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) and Roslie (Nikki Reed) gathered together at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, to talk about The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, which spotlights Edward Cullen’s (Robert Pattinson) marriage to the love of his life, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), and the vampire baby that is conceived during their honeymoon.
What have you learned from your characters?
Jackson: I learned I prefer not to be a blonde!
Peter: Staying out of the sun makes you youthful!
Elizabeth: I learned patience. I’ve learned a lot from Esme. Esme is always looking for a way to love someone and a way to be kind and that doesn’t come naturally to me all the time.
Nikki: I guess I’ve learned that it’s okay if the world doesn’t like you! Sometimes playing a character that’s not the most likeable can be challenging because, a lot of times, people think that you are a reflection of who you are playing.
I’ve learned to really stand by the character that I play, but also find a healthy balance and separate myself from it; defend her but defend our differences.
On the last day of shooting was it nice to be liberated from the physical demands required for your roles?
Peter: For me, I spent so much time trying to stay out of the sun, because the more color you had, the more make-up you had to wear. I remember going to my daughter’s soccer game and I looked like the Unibomber because I was all covered up.
Literally, the sun would come out and I would find myself slinking into the shade, so it was kind of nice that I went to the Maldives this summer and didn’t have to worry about that. Just got in the sun.
Nikki, you get to work a lot with Taylor Lautner in this film. Can you talk about the scenes that you two got to do together?
Nikki: I just saw the film last night and was disappointed because one of my favorite scenes is not in the movie. We shot this scene and I go to serve him food and I put it in a dog bowl and I write “Fido” on it and he hits me in the head with it. It’s very dramatic and I thought it was a great representation of who Rosalie is; really over the top.
Working with Taylor is very enjoyable. He’s very honest. His eyes are very honest and I would say he very good at committing one hundred percent to the decision he makes throughout the film. It was nice to interact with other actors for a change. Taylor’s wonderful and he’s great with his shirt on too!
How was it to have Kristen join you in getting the vampire make-up and contacts?
Elizabeth: It was funny. She finally understood some of the challenges presented when being a vampire. She was like, ‘Oh, Man! My eyes really hurt!’
Could you talk about any props you guys ‘borrowed’ from the set?
Peter: I tried to take Carlisle’s ring on the second or third movie. I said it wouldn’t come off my finger. I went home and they tracked me down. ‘We need the ring back.’ I think they wanted it back so they could take a mold and sell it to all of the fans. They started selling the Carlisle rings.
On the forth one I asked to have one, so I have one of the original Carlisle rings that is not mold made.
Nikki: I’m a huge rule follower. It gave me panic attacks to think of taking something without asking. I would think about taking it but I just knew if I did someone would find out and I’d be in trouble somehow.
In the first movie, in the baseball scene I wore these really cool sneakers and Kristen stole them for me. She came over to my house and said, ‘They have two of these. You can have one,’ and she gave them to me, but I never ended up wearing them. They had all the mud on them. They are just sitting in my closet.
There are probably some other things I would have liked to have had but I can’t.
How do you feel about saying goodbye to these characters now that you’ve finished shooting the movies?
Jackson: It’s definitely nice to hang up the white make-up and the wigs and the contacts. That was always cumbersome in the mornings when we were shooting, but it’s nice because we have the premiere coming up and next year Breaking Dawn – Part 2 so it still feels very much alive.
Peter: It doesn’t really feel like it’s over for me. The filming process is over but we have one more year of one more film coming out, so I think next year it will feel more complete. We still have another year together, so it only feels like a part of it is over.
Nikki: Everyone asks us what the last day of filming was like and I wish I was creative enough to make up a really dramatic tale. It was dramatic because we were freezing. It was six o’clock in the morning and we just wanted to get inside.
There wasn’t a river of tears because we knew we’d see each other.
Elizabeth: I think next year will be sad.