In “The Twilight Saga,” Nikki Reed plays Rosalie Hale, a vampire Twi-hards love to hate. But in real life, the 24-year-old actress, who spoke to Yahoo! Movies about gearing up for the popular big-screen series’ end, couldn’t be further from her blood-thirsty character.
Reed shared details about a not-so-well-kept secret — a scene that will appear during the end credits of the franchise’s final installment “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” “It was actually a surprise that we did for [director] Bill Condon,” Reed said of the extra scene — one that involved more than 100 people for a choreographed number set to “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics. “[It was] something really fun and we did it all on our own, on our lunch break,” Reed said, adding, “We came together and worked on something — just the actors together — to surprise our director that we love so very much.” Judging by the fact that the scene made its way into the final “Twilight” installment, Condon must have been over the new moon when he saw it.
As “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” is getting ever-closer to its November 16 release date, Reed felt inclined to reminisce about how close she became with her fellow actors. “To put it really bluntly, there’s been such a lack of drama amongst the cast,” she said. Reed went on to talk about how she and her husband, singer-songwriter Paul McDonald (a former “American Idol” contestant), recently became the godparents of Jackson Rathbone’s new son who was born in July. “I’m married and Jackson just had a baby and we have very similar lifestyles, and he does music and my husband and I do music,” she explained. (Reed and McDonald perform a song on the forthcoming “Breaking Dawn” soundtrack.)
Reed also described a time when she and “Twilight” costar Elizabeth Reaser decided to quit smoking — around the time they were filming “Eclipse.” At Reaser’s suggestion, Reed recalled, the two actresses got apartments next to each other, went to the gym together and operated as a mutual support system. “That was such an unforgettable moment for me,” said Reed.
“Breaking Dawn – Part 2” is supposed to mark the film franchise’s end, but rumors are swirling over possible spinoffs — perhaps even on the small screen. Is the end of “Twilight”really here? “As far as I know it is,” said Reed, adding, “But listen, I’m sitting here like the rest of the fans. I’m a fan too. If they told me there’s more, I’d say, ‘Cool, where do I sign up?’ I love these movies.”
A Real Softie
Reed is well aware that her real personality starkly contrasts that of her “Twilight” character Rosalie. “The most common reaction I have from people, all people when I meet them if they’re fans of ‘Twilight’ is… ‘Oh my God, you’re nice in real life,'” Reed said.
In fact, she’s a real softie. Reed — along with her husband — is involved with a plethora of causes that revolve around environmental concerns as well as the welfare of animals. “At a certain point, my parents had to sit me down and go, ‘Okay, Nicole, the answer to that one is “no.” Bring home as many dogs and cats and rats and whatever else… but you can’t sell your house for a cow’,” Reed said, describing how she was recently compelled to save a bovine in need. And when it comes to foster pets, she said, “If I could get a hundred, I would have a hundred.”
Reed is also involved with a quirky campaign to conserve water, sponsored by Axe. A sharable video, geared toward young adults, promotes “shower pooling” — the idea that if you share a shower with someone, you’ll use less of the earth’s scarce water resources. The video, narrated by Reed, suggests you can even shower pool with “an attractive stranger.” But this is not an irresponsible message promoting casual sex, Reed contends. “We live in a world where sort of nothing is shocking anymore.” She said the campaign is intended to grab attention as a way into the water conservation conversation among young people. “[It’s] like a fun way to get into peoples minds and then they start doing stuff and they don’t realize they’re doing it,” she said, adding, “I’m married and Paul and I totally try to shower together.”
Reed said her “Twilight” cast mates have been earth conscious too — and while filming: “What we definitely did was try not to use as much plastic. So that was kind of a really easy thing to do — bringing our own water bottles to set… and refilling in our own tea containers.” She noted that Reaser was especially diligent and that Peter Facinelli tried to get the cast to drink sustainable boxed water.
“Twilight” cast members are in the midst of a month-long global press tour that will hit Australia, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Scotland, Ireland and the U.S. And it’s just now starting to sink in with Reed that the end is near. “It’s hard to feel any emotion because two years ago, we were shooting ‘the last one.’ Okay, the next premiere is going to be the last premiere. It’s just been so long that you are numb to the word and now that we’re getting close to it, it’s like, ‘Well, this is really sad.’ I can’t believe it, what do you mean it’s over? We can’t believe this is over.”
While Reed is nothing like Rosalie — Rosalie appears to be becoming a little more like Reed in the final chapter: “I finally make it to the point where I think people find Rosalie relatable and that’s all I’ve ever wanted for her… people [are] finally going to give her a break.”