By Fred Topel | Image property of Summit Entertainment
Bryce Dallas Howard stepped in on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse after Rachelle Lefevre became unavailable. Howard was totally ready to play Victoria, the evil vampire chasing after Bella. She’s a self-professed Twihard herself.
Bryce Dallas Howard on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
“I had not only read the books, actually one of my friends made this little stack of post-it notes for me with Rob’s face that said ‘live dangerously,’” Howard said. “All of my friends were like, ‘Why are you so obsessed?’ I’m just like, ‘It’s so dangerous. Their love is so dangerous.’ It was very fast, it was very sudden, and to be honest I was intimidated going into it for a variety of reasons. But I felt so lucky to get to meet this group of people. It’s a group of people that have genuine friendships and are so deeply committed to doing justice to these stories, and always put the character first, always put the story first. Obviously that’s translated and I think that’s why the movies are as beloved as they are.”
Eclipse build up to a battle between Victoria and Edward Cullen, with Bella’s life at stake. “The most challenging part, I think it was probably again pressure. I think it is the right word because there’s so much build up to the moment and for the end, there’s so much training that went into the choreography of this final battle sequence that I just didn’t want to mess it up and I certainly didn’t want to punch Robert Pattinson in the face.”
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Howard did take the opportunity to consult author Stephenie Meyer about the role. “It is intimidating talking to Stephenie although she is not an intimidating person. She’s a really, really lovely woman and a very warm person. It wasn’t something that I wanted to do necessarily anything different at all, it’s just Stephenie really clearly wrote in the book that when Victoria spoke she had a surprisingly high voice, almost like a little girl or something. That’s kind of how she wrote it. So I wanted to know more of what she envisioned in terms of that so it didn’t seem silly so I wasn’t doing a caricature of what she had written but rather was an honest depiction of what she had written. That was just something I had a brief conversation about.”
Like her father in his child acting days, Howard has bright red hair. However, the orange curls you see in the film are a wig. “Actually quite ironically, I think I flew out on a Monday or a Tuesday to go and do the role. That Friday I had dyed my hair really dark. My natural hair color is kind of like an orange-red which is what is depicted in the book, and that Friday I had dyed my hair really dark and that Monday learned about it and flew out the next day and showed up and they were like, ‘This is not the girl we hired.’ Shooting had to start pretty quickly so I wore a wig, is basically the long answer to your question. Yeah, so I wore a wig which I was really happy, because I felt like it was really important to have continuity with the character. And that was the best way, even though my hair color was perhaps right I felt that the texture and everything needed to be as exact as possible.”
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will open to theaters on June 30.