Sure, "The Twilight Saga" came to a cinematic conclusion in November with the premiere of "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," but the sun hasn't set on the franchise just yet. There's still the DVD/Blu-ray release, after all! One more opportunity for us to chat up our favorite saga stars about the vampire romance that will live eternal.
As such, we placed a call to actress Nikki Reed to talk about her most memorable moment on set, future "Twilight" collaborations and whether Rosalie is left-handed. Check out part one of our interview after the jump, and be sure to come back tomorrow for part two!
Hollywood Crush: When you're 80 years old and reflect on your "Twilight" experience, which moment do you think will stand out most?
Nikki Reed: I would have to say the baseball scene. Here's why: That was the intro to "Twilight" for us. That was the first scene we ever short. It was the first time we stepped in front of the camera and put this down on film. So I would say the baseball scene.
Catherine [Hardwicke], the director on the first one, she has the ability to invest herself very thoroughly in the process of each character, so for the baseball scene, I think we were all in baseball camp for weeks, and I was learning to hit the baseball just right, and it was so gnarly, just getting this one scene right that ended up being two-and-a-half minutes in the film. But I think that will always stand out for me.
So you're ready for the Major League?
No! I had to learn how to bat left-handed for the scene.
Wait—is Rosalie a leftie?
Uh-oh, this is one of the moments when the fans are going to put a big X on my face if I don't get it right, but I think it's actually because the camera, the angle that they wanted to shoot that scene at required it. It was a big special-effects thing. I think it required me to be left-handed. I don't think Rosalie is left-handed, but I could be wrong.
Well, that's definitely one of the more iconic "Twilight" scenes.
There's a very fresh energy. We were stepping on to that set for the first time, and I think you can feel that energy.
If you were to star alongside one of your "Twilight" cast mates again, who would you choose and what sort of movie would you be in?
Oh, I don't know! I would love to work with any of them again in a different setting or explore a different genre. They're all such versatile actors—I can picture any of them doing anything. I think Ashley [Greene] and Kellan [Lutz] already did a movie together. I'm sure we're all going to end up in the same film again at some point.
A big, happy reunion!
Well, I don't know if all of us will be together, but I'm sure we'll all do something with each other again.
You pulled double duty in "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," starring as well as producing a song for the soundtrack. Is soundtrack music something you'd like to pursue in the future, or was this a one-time thing?
No, it's something I'm really interested in. I love music, and I love writing music, and I really enjoyed the process of writing. Despite what some may think, because "All I've Ever Needed" is a love song, so I'm sure at first glance you think it's just about me and Paul, it's not. We specifically wrote it for these characters, and if you look at the lyrics, in the bridge for example, it's about so much being on the line and who's to blame for where we've ended up. And that was my feeling, if I could feel what Edward was feeling, or what Bella was feeling, or what Jacob was feeling, that was sort of something that I would think would be recurring. Like, "How did we end up here?" So that song was very much written for those characters. So that was something I really enjoyed doing. Stepping out of myself and writing for someone else from their perspective.
And it's combining two of your passions: Film and music.
And Paul is so talented. It's just totally effortless. Writing with him is so easy, and it is so fun, and we love spending time together. We happen to both work in worlds that can easily move you from your family life and your home life, so to be able to combine the two, it's kind of like a dream come true, if you can make it work. It's very real.
You can pick up a copy of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" on DVD/Blu-ray starting March 2!