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Eclipse’s Reed was always ready

But during filming vampire flick, rain and fans kept cast tied up

By Glen Schaefer, The Province

It ain’t easy being undead. The Twilight movies are getting harder to make as the books’ plots become more involved and cover more of the characters’ back stories, says actor Nikki Reed, who co-stars again in the third movie Eclipse as vampire Rosalie.

“In order to make a series, the story has to unfold, other characters have to come in,” Reed says. “It adds a layer as each film progresses and it’s more difficult to shoot.”

Eclipse, filmed last summer and fall in Vancouver and currently in theatres, delves into Rosalie’s history, with Reed filming scenes set in the Depression era when her character was still human, a naive society girl.

Just a few minutes of those scenes ended up in the finished movie, another challenge to making the movies.

“I hope they show up in an exended cut [on DVD],” Reed says over the phone from Los Angeles, where the Eclipse PR machine continues rolling.

Stephenie Meyer’s third novel gives more depth to Rosalie, who is hostile in the first two books to the human teen played by Kristen Stewart.

“I had always been excited about making it to this film, obviously.” says Reed. “Just for the sake of finally being able to justify Rosalie’s behaviour. I’ve carried that responsibility with me, making sure that people get where she’s coming from.”

The scenes, filmed around old West End buildings and the Hotel Vancouver, required hours in the hair and makeup chair to recreate Rosalie’s elaborate period look.

“That’s the process of moviemaking,” she says. “I also trained for seven weeks and didn’t end up in the battle sequences — that’s a very silly mistake that we made.”

A glitch in the lighting of her action scenes meant her work couldn’t be used in the movie’s climactic conflict between werewolves and good and bad vampires.

Eclipse started filming in mid-August last year, under the microscope of fans who came from all over North America to try to get close to the filming and the cast. Similar fan attention dogged the second movie New Moon when it filmed in the city earlier in 2009.

Reed acknowledges that the fan attention made daily life complicated, but says the attention has helped to turn the Twilight movies into a global phenomenon.

“We’ve been to Vancouver for two movies, eight, nine months in total. Unfortunately I don’t get to experience Vancouver because we’re very isolated there.”

Lead actors Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner had security with them while in Vancouver for the third movie, making them hard for fans to get close to, so that put more fan attention on Reed and the other supporting cast.

“It makes us closer,” she says. “We cook a lot, we spend a lot of time indoors together, we do a lot of exiting underground. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just challenging. It’s just a very unique experience we’re having.”

Reed had quit smoking a month before filming started — she’s been off cigarettes for a year now — and says her friends in the cast helped.

“I was spending a lot of time going to the gym and being physcially active in order to get my mind off it,” she says. “I hung out much more with Elizabeth Reaser this time because she’s very active, she inspires me. Taylor and I went jet-skiing, Kellan Lutz and I went to the gym. I was kind of with the jocks this time around.”


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