Taylor Lautner & Ashley Greene Interview For ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′
After the birth of Renesmee Cullen (Mackenzie Foy), Bella (Kristen Stewart), who is now a vampire, finds herself enjoying her new life and abilities. However, the vampire Irina (Maggie Grace) misidentifies Renesmee as an “immortal child” – a child who has been turned into a vampire – and because immortal children are uncontrollable, creating them has been outlawed by the Volturi. After Irina presents her allegation to the Volturi, they plan to destroy Renesmee and the Cullens. In an attempt to survive, the Cullens gather other vampire clans from around the world to stand as witnesses and prove to the Volturi that Renesmee is not an immortal child. Upon confronting the gathered Cullen witnesses, the Volturi discover that they have been misinformed and immediately execute Irina for her mistake. However, they remain undecided on whether Renesmee should be viewed as a threat to vampires’ secret existence.
The hefty cast for ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ includes Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Rami Malek, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy, Tracey Heggins, Judi Shekoni, Omar Metwally, Andrea Gabriel and Rami Malek. Out in cinemas now, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ is based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series. Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) directed both the first and second part of the two-part finale. My other ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ interviews can be found via the following links: Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed/Jackson Rathbone, Peter Facinelli/Elizabeth Reaser and Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson (more to come).
How much of a help was it having Stephenie Meyer on set while filming?
Taylor Lautner: Stephenie’s great, I can’t thank her enough. She created these characters, so having her on set for these movies has been amazing. Whenever you need anything or have any questions – and lets face it, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ is probably the most confusing, complicated ‘Twilight’ movie yet. So it was awesome to be able to go up to her in any given moment and ask her anything – and of course she has all the answers (laughs).
‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ reveals more about the vampire world, especially in showing Bella as a newborn vampire….?
Ashley Greene: Yeah. You get to see Bella really prove herself as a vampire, and I think Kristen done such a great job. You see Bella experiencing all the things a newborn vampire experiences – which I think is really cool because you haven’t seen any other vampires go through that state of being a newborn during the series. The really crazy, incredible thing about Bella is that she has restraint – which no newborn really has. She’s really in control and powerful for a newborn. So in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ you get to see her go through having to practice that restraint, having this crazy thirst, experiencing being quick and nimble when she’s usually clumsy (laughs). I think that’s fun for everyone to see.
Jacob’s priorities finally switch in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′?
Taylor Lautner: Yeah. Jacob’s priority has always been Bella, he is going to protect Bella no matter what, he would do anything for her. But once he’s imprinted on Renesmee, she becomes the priority, he would do anything for her. Jacob would jump in front of a train for her, he would do anything for Renesmee, he would sacrifice anything for her. The priority has definitely switched.
And he takes a beating from Bella, at first she’s not best pleased with the bond between Jacob and Renesmee?
Taylor Lautner: Oh man, Jacob gets beat up really bad at the beginning of Part 2 (laughs). He has to take it from Bella, and she’s a newborn vampire so she’s stronger than the other vampires – its her daughter I’m messing with. She’s very protective and she puts a good beating on me for sure (laughs). She literally tosses me around the whole yard, which was pretty fun to film. Bella has lost it completely and Jacob really can’t do anything about it and he’s not going to fight back. He understands, so he’s going to take it. It’s really intense, but it’s also pretty comedic because you got Bella flinging Jacob, screaming at him, and getting in his face. He’s trying to explain it to her, but she’s not getting it right now. Kristen and I definitely had a good time.
How was it working with Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee?
Taylor Lautner: I don’t even know where to begin with Mackenzie. She is the cutest little girl in the world, she is so funny and she’s so talented. She’s also so smart. I think everybody really loves Mackenzie, basically (laughs). We had a lot of fun hanging out with her and she did such an amazing job playing this pivotal character. It’s a very intense movie and the action is back. All the characters are in a different light than you’ve ever seen before. Everything just starts to make sense in Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Jacob is finally over Bella – my goodness, it’s a miracle (laughs). That was crazy to play.
The Cullen family is once again tipped off to the Volturi’s intentions by Alice’s gift of seeing possible futures. Because of this she mysteriously leave town….?
Ashley Greene: Yeah. Alice is forced to keep her family in the dark. She has a vision of the Volturi coming to attack her family and she realizes that if she even thinks anything, Edward is going to be able to read her mind. To keep her family safe, she takes Jasper and they go in search of some people that are going to help convince the Volturi not to destroy their family. Alice leaves a clue that only Bella can find and she finally returns in the latter half of the film and has a big part in saving the day.
I can imagine you’ve grown attached to Alice, what is the overall sentiment for you towards playing her over this ‘Twilight’ series?
Ashley Greene: She’s a really fun character to play, nine times out of ten she’s super perky and sassy and I can really relate to her. She loves her family, and there’s not a lot of pain or torment that comes along with her, she’s just really pleasant (laughs). I think when you’ve lived for this character for this long, it’s a bit crazy to finally put her away.
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