Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner aren’t the only actors saying goodbye to their Twilight characters. Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz, who each play members of the Cullen family, are also sad to see the series end. Earlier this month at the Breaking Dawn – Part 2 press conference, the four stars talked about the end of the saga and future projects on the horizon.
In this last installment, the Cullens help Bella and Edward join forces with other vampires around the world. Reaser, who plays the motherly Esme Cullen, says that she appreciates her character’s “sweetness and kindness,” but doubts it made her a better person.
Elizabeth Reaser: I do think that being Esme for so many years really has influenced my ability to throw on a pair of heels and a pencil skirt. Besides that, I would like to think that she’s made me a better person, but that’s wishful thinking.
The actors also spoke about the physical challenges in Breaking Dawn – Part 2. The film has a major battle sequence that required dedication and training from the actors. Reaser said that she wasn’t good at all the physical stuff. But for Reed, the fight scenes made her sad because she thought they’d get cut from the movie.
Kellan Lutz, who’s currently filming Tarzan, dished about his next big role. When he first got into acting, he loved everything about it. To him, playing the “Monkey Man” was a dream come true.
Kellan Lutz: To me, growing up in the Midwest, just stepping back and thinking about what might be a dream role, I just loved “The Monkey Man.” He’s much like my character in Twilight. Emmet is the monkey man and so, to make that transition, it was all quite fun for me. I fell in love with the brilliant script, which is so much more contemporary and modern. It’s all motion capture, which is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
Tarzan is slated for a July 2013 release.
The actors also tackled the harder questions. How did they feel now that Twilight had reached its end? Reaser was still in denial.
Elizabeth Reaser: I just keep putting it off and like probably on November 17th, I’ll have a meltdown of major order.
Reed seemed more devastated about closing this chapter of her life. The series was a huge part of her and it felt bizarre now that it was over.
Nikki Reed: I feel really sad about it, to be honest. And I didn’t know if I was going to feel sad. We’ve been talking about the end for so long, and we shot the last movie almost two years ago. We’ve been prepared for the last [for so long] that I felt sort of numb to the idea of it. But we’re here now, and it’s hard to comprehend. This has really been a huge part of all of our lives, at such a crucial age as well for some of us. There’s been a lot of growing and bonding. It’s just bizarre. I can’t really think of the right words to describe it.
But the most memorable thing said during the panel had nothing to do with vampires or werewolves. Reaser was asked what she’d like to give her character for Christmas?
Elizabeth Reaser: I think Esme has everything she could ever want. She just wants her family to be happy, and I think she would be extra happy if Obama won.
Well, Esme got her wish.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens in theaters November 16th.
Are you excited for Breaking Dawn Part 2?