Q. Peter can you talk about your look in this movie…the physical transformation.
Peter Facinelli: We did like a week of testing all the different kinds of makeup. The makeup team was phenomenal and the actors were very patient. We worked it out. But they had some kind of gadget from Japan and it was like an ionizer and it was weird because, as they put the makeup on you, if they touched you, you would get shocked. It was one of the those things were you had to be very careful but, then again, it was early in the morning so if you did get shocked, it kind of woke you up a little bit. The makeup was part of the transformation. For me it was blonde in a bottle. That took a good day at the salon.
Nikki Reed: You’re lucky.
Peter Facinelli: Yeah, some of us had to go back to the salon more than others. With the touch ups, with the roots, it was a lot of maintenance, high maintenance, but it was a fun transformation. It was fun to see myself looking so differently with the contact lenses, with the light skin. I remember getting washed up at the end of the night and someone had seen me and they didn’t know I had just played Dr. Cullen all day long and they were like ‘That was you?’ So that was fun.
Q: Were there any bloopers?
Nikki Reed: Ashley hit a cameraman with a baseball.
Ashley Greene: I did.
Nikki Reed: I had to fly on the cables while I was running and it wasn’t until I was up in the air that I realized that my arms and legs aren’t coordinated. Like, I don’t know which arm goes with which leg when I’m in the air.
Peter Facinelli: We didn’t have time for bloopers, it was a very fast-paced shoot; we were weather dependent so whenever we had clouds we had to go.
Q: No food fights in the cafeteria?
Nikki: That was not allowed. Hair and make-up would have killed us!
Jackson Rathbone: We had the Cloud Dance though. We were fighting the weather and we can't be in direct sunlight because of certain vampire tendencies.
Ashley Greene: We had to prepare for like four days at once for when we had weather cover. If it was raining, everyone was running for this, and there are some times, because it’s Portland, it would rain and then the sun would come out and then it would start hailing and the whole crew was always running around.
Peter Facinelli. Yeah, we'd go through four seasons in one day.
Nikki Reed: There was a lot of hanging out, a lot of contacts being stuck in eyeballs. We had to pull contacts out of eyes. I was at the hair salon, I don’t know if any of you have seen a photo of me as Rosalie but, yeah, it took 36 hours for me to become half blonde, that was just half of my head.
Q: Any embarrassing moments?
Peter Facinelli: You’ll have to ask Rob about embarrassing moments. His baseball stuff was embarrassing. He had never played baseball so the baseball so it was very awkward for him to squat so it was basically fun yet painful to watch him go through that. But he finally got it and he looked great at it. To his credit, he had, what, a week to learn to play the game.
Q: You mentioned the contacts, were those painful?
Peter Facinelli: If you notice [Kellen] has very small eyes and they gave him contacts that were like this (he holds up a three-inch round Voss water bottle top) so you wanna stick this in your eye?
Kellen Lutz: And I’d never worn glasses or contacts but my whole family has and they told me ‘Oh, it'll be easy. It was really tough. I wasn't able to do it myself (put the contacts in).
Peter Facinelli: We had two people tying him down in a chair.
Kellen Lutz: Prying my eyes open, saying 'think happy thoughts'. I don’t know what they did but they got them in.
Peter: With a crowbar.
Q: Can you talk about the wire work? Was it challenging?
Ashley Greene: Wire work was amazing. Super fun. It’s not that difficult to take to. We rehearsed it twenty times…
Kellen Lutz: It’s tough for guys.
Ashley Greene: I got lucky on that part.
Nikki Reed: It was painful for me.
Ashley Greene: Really? Oh yeah...I guess that's true.
Nikki Reed: Yes. Well, you’re putting on this suit that’s like 15 pounds and then it’s like a girdle, you’re being strapped into this thing and then you’re hooked up to like 40 cables and then they go ‘Okay, ready? 1, 2, 3” and then they lift you into the air and they’re like ‘Camera’s not ready’ and you’re just chillin’ in the air, dangling all of your weight.
Ashley: I think the first couple of takes were kind of embarrassing actually.
Peter Facinelli: I didn’t do harnesses stuff on this but I’ve done harnesses in other things and I think the hard thing would be, or has been for me, trying to look eloquent as you’re like going through the air and meanwhile you're kind of flailing around. So, you're trying to make it look right.
Nikki Reed: Yeah, I just felt retarded. I felt like I needed to have a conversation with each one of my legs.
Ashley: You actually had to run in it too and jump on a balcony.
Nikki Reed: I have some behind-the-scenes footage that's kind of funny. I felt a little silly. Rob and I had quite a few laughs.
Jackson Rathbone: I thought it was kind of like getting paid to go to the amusement park, fun.
Q: What movie or TV show did you all think of before you did Twilight when thinking about vampires?
Jackson Rathbone: The Lost Boys.
Kellen Lutz: Yeah.
Peter Facinelli: Underworld.
Ashley Greene: Interview with the Vampire.
Nikki Reed: "True Blood".
Peter Facinelli: I say Underworld because that was my idea of a vampire movie before Twilight. It was all fangs and gore and guts. When I read "Twilight", it was more of a throwback to the Bela Lugosi, beautiful images and sensuality and mystique which was what I liked about it.
Q. Did you guys see the fan's responses to your casting and do you read blogs about yourself?
Nikki Reed: (laughing) I can’t look. I know you hear a lot of people say that but I actually can’t look. Now I am Rosalie and now there's posters and people who haven’t read the books can read them and put my face to that character but I think we all experienced a little bit of this. You know when you’ve got 20 million people reading a book and each one of them has their own (idea). It’s not like when you’re playing a real person, like you’re impersonating somebody and so they had characteristics and mannerisms that you can imitate. When you’re playing a character in a book, everybody has their own idea of that person and every single one is different. So you just have to come to terms with it. You’re not going to be that for everybody but now, we are that.
Ashley Greene: They did a fantastic job in transforming all of us.
Nikki Reed: Yeah. I had the biggest transformation out of everybody. I actually dyed my hair blonde and bleached my skin. Everything of mine that I associate with myself like my mole; that was all gone. So I had to look in the mirror and see a different person every day. Oh, your question was about blogs...
Peter Facinelli: I think we all peeked at the blogs because I remember talking about it and I was like ‘Wow, they hate all of us…except for Ashley Greene.’ Ashley Greene they loved from the get-go.
Ashley Greene: Aw. Except I was too tall.
Peter Facinelli: But even with Ashley they would nit-pick and there was always something and, like Nikki said, everyone has their idea of these characters. There are actors that they had in their heads that they wanted to play it so and all of a sudden they had this cast thrown upon them and they were like ‘What?’ To Catherine’s credit, she didn’t just say ‘This guy’s blonde, he can play Dr, Carlisle.’ If you had blonde hair, you dyed it brown. If you had brown hair, you dyed it blonde. Catherine had a vision; these are the actors that have the qualities of these characters that I’m looking for and I can make them look like the characters in the book, and she did that. And people, once they saw the transformations, then they came on board. But, at first, because none of us looked like our characters, they were against all of us.
Nikki Reed: Now, I think all the fans are pretty happy.
Q: Had any of you read any of the books before you were cast and when did you realize you were part of such a phenomenon?
Ashley: I actually read the first one before my first meeting. I wasn't aware of them before that but my management told me this is a really great opportunity. It has the potential to be big but they didn't send the script out so I read the book in a day and a half and fell in love with it and read the second and third, just because I wanted to so I get why people are so in love with it so yeah, when I finally got cast in the part, I was ecstatic and cried. I didn't realize it was going to be such a huge deal until we were filming in Portland and my mom was like "Do you have a fan site?" and I'm like "People don't know who I am" so this is a pleasant surprise.
Q: How did you guys bond to form the family dynamic?
Ashley Greene: Peter’s the daaaad.
Peter Facinelli: I’m the father. I'm the daddy. We spent a lot of time together in rehearsals , a lot of time helping each other out. I think there's a bond there because we all respected each other as actors and we all respected each other as people but we all really enjoy each other’s company. I mean, when I see them, they put a smile on my face. I have a profound love, like a family love for all of the Cullens and for Bella and for Jacob. When I see this cast, it makes me happy. I just want to go over and give them a hug (the girls all go "awwwwww") and I felt like that’s how it was when we were shooting. I enjoy them. I truly enjoy them.
Nikki: We have poker night!
Peter: Yeah. Sometimes they come over and play poker.
Jackson Rathbone: We had a lot of time to bond before.
Peter Facinelli: Yeah, we had a couple weeks to bond before.
Nikki Reed: You know what, for baseball you taught me how to slide.
Peter: Yeah, and Edward (Rob).
Nikki: That was our bonding moment. I had a really hard time learning how to slide and it was Peter. He acquired bruises all over his legs teaching me how to slide.
Peter Facinelli: It was kind of fun because I always thought Carlisle taught the family how to play baseball, brought that to them. And some of the actors didn’t know how to play and I was able to teach them so it sort of felt like Carlisle teaching his children for the first time with Rob and Nikki and you (Ashley) were pitching. She had her own professional pitching guy.
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