Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson are no strangers to the madness of Comic Con, but at the 2011 gathering of comic book/TV/movie fans, they had some of their The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn cast members to keep them company. Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Julia Jones and Boo Boo Stewart joined Stewart, Lautner, and Pattinson for the sold-out event, taking part in a Q&A in front of a packed crowd in the largest exhibit hall at the Convention Center.
And this year for the very first time hundreds of fans who'd waited days outside the Convention Center for a chance at seeing the Twilight cast up close - and for a chance to see brand new never-before-screened footage from the event were treated to a extra special surprise visit from Reed, Greene, Reaser, Jones and Stewart. The cast members greeted fans in line for the Q&A session, bearing gifts including posters and mugs - as well as juice and muffins. They signed autographs (on pretty much every surface imaginable) and posed for pictures, something completely unexpected that sent fans into a squealing frenzy.
After making the fans extremely happy, the five Breaking Dawn cast members participated in a press conference, answering questions about their favorite lines, what if anything they took away from the set, being cast in the Twilight Saga, and strange fan encounters.
Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Julia Jones and Boo Boo Stewart Press Conference
Is this all of your first time at Comic-Con?
Elizabeth Reaser: "No, I came two years ago. I’ve never really done it for real. We were out on the street doing this thing with fans. And that was amazing. It felt like, 'Okay, we’re at Comic-Con now.'"
Ashley Greene: "This definitely started off a lot more interesting."
Nikki Reed: "I’ve been here before but it’s sort of blurry, I haven’t done any panels. I’m actually very amused and entertained by all the people on the street. "
Julia Jones: "This is my first Comic-Con and I have this general sense that we’re in for a lot, thought I’m not sure what. Although, yesterday I was walking around and saw people dressed as all kinds of things, like…fruit ninjas. (Laughs). So I’m excited to be here. "
Booboo Stewart: "I came last year actually as a fan, but year, this is my first time I’ve done the panels and everything. "
What is it like to get the phone call from casting that you’ve been cast in a Twilight film?
Ashley Greene: "Amazing. I was extremely excited and called my mom and dad right away. For me, to have read the books and been a fan myself and then to be thrown into the mix it was really exciting. "
Elizabeth Reaser: "When I got the offer I hadn’t read the books. So I didn’t really even know the scope of what I was entering into. But I knew Esme was a vampire and a vegetarian vampire and I thought that was really cool and was like “When is this going to happen again?” And also the idea of being in a series and getting to play a character over a long period of time was just so exciting. "
Nikki Reed: "I think it would be different for all of us. We started at this place where no one really knew…I mean it sort of developed and unfolded. The excitement has just grown. I think the experience maybe, for you two [points to Julia James and BooBoo Stewart] is probably different for you two. "
Julia Jones: "Yeah, it’s funny I’ve actually had conversations with cast members where you just go around the table and say where you were when you got that call, and a lot of people from the first movie—their reactions were just totally different. They were more like, 'Mmm.. I read this story about vampires, kinda weird.' The later cast members were just like… I personally just had this overwhelmed sense that everything was going to completely change overnight, and I had no idea how, which was kind of scary but very, very exciting. "
Booboo Stewart: "A month went by from the time I auditioned for it until the time I heard, so I was like really depressed…And then I got a call from my agent and it was pretty awesome. Because it was already so big when we were auditioning for it. New Moon was coming out when I auditioned for it. "
What was the feeling like on the last day of the set?
Elizabeth Reaser: "It was such a complicated experience because we all, by the way, had different wrap days. I happened to be there… along with Kellan [Lutz] and Jackson [Rathbone]—we had this weird, sort of surreal experience of being left over in Canada, and it was a night shoot, and everyone else was gone including Bill Condon. I mean it was this weird thing. We had to finish all these stunts. Peter and I had a little dinner together in Vancouver and it was one of those things where you can’t really capture…it’s so weird to end something, and five movies—I don’t think it hit any of us yet. We were just sort of in shock. Happy to probably be going home, but I also feel like we knew we were going to be promoting the movie for a few more years so it’s not really over."
Do you think the Breaking Dawn movie will be the end of the Twilight Saga or do you think something will spin off?
Ashley Greene: "I mean who knows, fans are certainly passionate. So I guess there’s definitely an opportunity for it. But as far as we know… it’s finished."
Elizabeth Reaser: "I think Stephenie’s done with us. I think Stephanie’s moving on to different characters."
Because they’re shot out of order, is there a noticeable difference working on scenes from Part I to Part II?
Nikki Reed: "We shot them all together. "
Ashley Greene: "Yeah, I think we all had to pay maybe closer attention. We had to know where our characters were at certain parts of the film. It got a little tricky."
Elizabeth Reaser: "I thought of it in terms of which uncomfortable shoes am I wearing today and that’s how I would know which movie I was shooting."
Booboo Stewart: "Bill Condon was great on the set to make sure you knew what part of the movie you were doing."
Nikki, your character is not very fond of Bella, how much is she going to change in this movie with her relationship towards her?
Nikki Reed: "I think it’s kind of middle ground. Rosalie wants to be a mom so she finds a way to work through all of her anger so she can be that [mother] in a certain sense. But it hasn’t been that bad, you know. (Laughs). I think a lot of it is implied, but you don’t see that much of it."
Ashley, will you miss Alice?
Ashley Greene: "Yeah, I think there’s definitely part of me that will miss her. The nice part about this being on film is that it can kind of live on forever and it will always be a certain piece of my heart because I’ve kind of grown up a little bit playing this character. But I always try to look for the positive."For each of what’s been your favorite line so far?
Nikki Reed: "'I was a bit theatrical back then…' Everyone laughed. I didn’t realize it was so funny actually until everyone was laughing. I feel like yours is in the first one, Reaser. It was probably one of the first scenes with Bella. You say something about Italiano?"
Elizabeth Reaser: "I can’t remember! There was a scene that was deleted that Peter Facinelli and I did, a little sexy scene that was cut out. I remember thinking that was a good scene. I kept wanting it to be more sexy than Peter did and I kept thinking, 'Oh, this is real hot…they’re going to do something else now…,' and Peter’s like, 'No. No. No."
Julia Jones: "Leah [Clearwater]’s got some awesomely mean one liners. I’m trying to think… I’m thinking of one and it has to do with Bella being dead already."
Before you came onboard with this series, were you fond of the vampire / zombie genre in general?
Elizabeth Reaser: "I was always a fan."
Ashley Greene: "There’s something very seductive about vampires."
Nikki Reed: "I didn’t think much about them. I wasn’t a fan but I wasn’t not a fan. I mean I think it’s cool now."
Julia Jones: "I hadn’t really thought about it much. I was kind of nerdy in a totally different way… I wasn’t really down with pop culture. So, I’ve appreciated learning about them."
Booboo Stewart: "I really like all the fantasy stuff… So yeah, probably."
One of the scenes the fans are looking forward to is obviously the wedding scene because it brought all of you together. What was it like being on set?
Ashley Greene: "I think at least filming wise, we do have the most fun whenever we’re all together. That was one of the great things about it. The wedding scene and the baseball scene."
Elizabeth Reaser: "And it was so beautiful, it really looks like a dream wedding. I don’t think I can say anything about it. I want to tell you about how amazing it was but I can’t!"
Booboo Stewart: "I just thought it was really cold outside. I was just sitting in the background… freezing."
We know that Boo Boo has had the experience of being at Comic-Con as a fan, but if you could go it anonymously what would you want to check out and would you dress up?
Elizabeth Reaser: "I'd like to dress up as Batman."
Nikki Reed: "I just did a little short thing for College Humor where we play The Wonder Twins [from the 1970’s DC Comic] and we got to have these weird antenna things, it was really fun. I definitely was inspired for Halloween. I was like, 'I’m gonna really plan this year!'"
Booboo Stewart: "I’d have to go as a zombie. I love Halloween, like Nikki said, dressing up."
You guys mentioned going out to talk to the fans this morning over breakfast. Some of them were camping out since Monday. Is there anything you’d have that level of dedication for?
Booboo Stewart: "I’d camp out to see Lord of the Rings."
Ashley Greene: "I haven’t had something like that. That’s kind of why I have such a large respect for our fans. Kind of amazing that they’ve found something they’re so passionate about, and it’s great because we’ve put our soul into."
Elizabeth Reaser: "I think for me, if I knew the White Stripes were going to come to the tent. They [the fans] didn’t know we were even coming there, so for me, that’s amazing."
You guys have a lot of new actors that came in. Were there any that came in that you were particularly pleased to work with?
Nikki Reed: "Omar Metwally, definitely."
Elizabeth Reaser: "The Egyptians were cool, in general.. There were all these international vampires all of a sudden! Very sexy, like all these sexy vampires walking around. Much sexier than us. And those nutty Romanian guys. Their outfits were very S&M inspired."
Nikki Reed: "Lee Pace. Mia Maestro."
Elizabeth Reaser: "Christian Camargo. It was really fun. Great actors that Bill got."
Booboo Stewart: "Oh! And Maggie Grace. It was sort of cool meeting her. When I found out she was in the movie Taken I was like, 'Oh man this is cool.' Had to ask her about that one."
Did you guys take anything from set, or if you didn’t what would you have liked to take?
Ashley Greene: [Points to Elizabeth] "You would take your wig from the first one, right?"
Booboo Stewart: "I took a lot of Craft Service…in my stomach. If I could have taken something, I would have taken my shoes. My shoes were really comfortable."
Elizabeth Reaser: "Lucky you!"
What’s the weirdest, most unexpected fan encounter you’ve had?
Julia Jones: "I saw a woman once who had a nightgown on and she glued cotton and feathers to her skin and painted bruises all over and her hair was all messed up. And I was like, 'What is she doing?' And I realized she was dressed as Bella…post-Brazil. That wasn’t today though, that was another day."
Booboo Stewart: "One time I was taking pictures and there was a lady, and after the picture she turned to me and asked if I wanted to make out. And I just…awkwardly walked away."
Elizabeth Reaser: "How old was she?"
Booboo Stewart: "She was…She was a lady."
Elizabeth Reaser: "So, you’re a gentleman. I think the weirdest encounters I’ve had is when people are talking to me about the young man’s bodies. Like when Taylor was still a boy and much older ladies would be like, 'How is his body?'"
Ashley, do you know what led to the latest shorter hair crop?
Ashley Greene: "At least for me, that was always what I had in mind, and Bill Condon had the same view, I think. We wanted to make it a little more modern. With every installment of the saga we were kind of trying to get it exactly right and tweaking it a little bit. But I was very excited working with Bill and working with the hair and makeup team and make Alice’s look a little more modern in this film."
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