'Breaking Dawn''s Nikki Reed On Rosalie Hate Mail And Life As A 'Twilight' Celebrity
After spending four years and five movies playing Bella Swan's vampire sister-in-law Rosalie Hale in the Twilight series, Nikki Reed understandably has a bittersweet perspective on the billion-dollar franchise coming to a close in this week's Breaking Dawn Part 2. On the one hand, she won't miss the hate mail from fans who have taken her character's onscreen iciness to Kristen Stewart's heroine to heart for four films. But few of Twilight's central figures have been as close to the saga as long as Reed has, dating back to even before director Catherine Hardwicke had cast Stewart and Robert Pattinson in the roles that would skyrocket them, the films, and all of their cast, to global fame.
"Catherine called me seven or eight months before it was happening and she was like, 'Hey, do you like the vampire genre? Because there’s this thing I’m thinking about and there are actually some books, and some fans — I don’t know if you’re into it...' It was that sort of conversation," said Reed, who at the time had acted in a handful of indie films including 2003's Thirteen, which she co-wrote with director Hardwicke.
Tempted by the role of Edward Cullen's disapproving adopted sister Rosalie, Reed decided against early retirement from acting and took the gig, joining Stewart, Pattinson, and their fellow Twilight cast mates at the film's Portland shoot — the first and last time the cast would be able to make a Twilight movie in relative anonymity. "We were just kids, and no one knew who anyone was," Reed remembered. "There were no stars, there was no celebrity. We were just people together."
Fast forward to 2012: Reed has four non-Twilight films in the pipeline, including turns in Empire State with Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne Johnson and In Your Eyes, from producer Joss Whedon. She recently launched her own jewelry line, Mattlin Era, featuring designs inspired by her mother and grandmother. And with musician husband Paul McDonald — who she met on the red carpet for Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood, another cosmically unpredictable byproduct of the Twilight saga's success — Reed recently debuted her first album anchored by "All I've Ever Needed," an original song they wrote for the Breaking Dawn soundtrack.
How do you feel right now about Twilight and your experience with this franchise now that it’s coming to a close?
Having us all together is such a special thing. As the movies have gotten bigger it’s become more rare. In the beginning when there wasn’t this kind of success or fan base for the films, we were all together more. Now there’s more isolation and we don’t get to all hang out in the same room like we used to. It feels really sad, and there are not many moments in your life when you can consciously close a chapter. You reach a milestone like you’re graduating college, and you’re like, oh — I’m aware that this is going to completely change my life when this is done. You normally look back on things in hindsight, but with this we’ve known that it’s been coming to an end since the beginning. It’s really sad for me. I feel really sad. Everyone else is like, “No, it’s fun and exciting!” and it’s all those things, too. But it’s hard to know what an experience this has been, and be conscious of that, and still know that it’s done. And don’t get me wrong, I’m happy about this film and I want it to come out so that the fans can see it. It’s a lot of mixed feelings.