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Victoria Will Reign in Sequel!

November 26, 2008

source: National Post

Bob Thompson: Rachelle Lefevre’s Victoria will reign in Twilight sequels
Posted: November 26, 2008, 1:29 PM by Bob Thompson

Montreal’s Rachelle Lefevre should be thrilled that the Twilight film series will continue. As the vengeful vampire Victoria, she’s about to become higher profile in the follow up movie versions of Stephenie Meyer’s second and third novels New Moon and Eclipse. Certainly Twilight‘s opening US $70 million weekend put plans for New Moon in high gear while Eclipse is about to optioned for a film, as well.

The red-haired 29-year-old actress maintains that she will be equal to the task, and she might even get to show off more of her kickboxing prowess in the subsequent films. She’ll definitely get more of chance to present her acting skills. She’s honed them over the last decade.

Lefevre made her acting debut in 1999 as the lead in the Canadian series Big Wolf On Campus “where I as always the damsel in distress.” She’s also had a cameo in George Clooney’s Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind and guest starred in a bunch of U. S. sitcoms and dramatic shows over the last five years.

Based in L. A., she’s taken the good with the bad in her career, and readily admits she lucked into her part in Twilight when she wrote what turned out to be passionate letter to Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke describing how much she wanted to work with the filmmaker.

Only later, when she won the Victoria role, did she come to appreciate the frenzy surrounding the book and its characters. “Sometimes it’s like being at rock concert,” says Lefevre of the fan reaction.

And yes she is prepared for her upgraded performances in the next two films. In anticipation of Twilight and the series, Lefevre immersed herself in trapeze classes to prepare for her vampire wire work. “I learned that it’s not about holding on, it’s about letting go,” she says. “You can’t be a control freak.”

Mind you, earth-bound physical stuff depicting the aggressive Victoria was a great deal easier for Lefevre who currently takes kick boxing lessons and had been enrolled in karate classes.

So is she exited about what her Twilight future holds? You bet. “This is by far the biggest thing I’ve ever been a part of,” Lefevre admits. “I’ve had pretty good luck with TV but I’m hoping this opens some movie doors for me.”

And what does she think of the Twilight movie performance at the box office? “It’s amazing,” she says, “and extraordinarily exciting and intimidating. So I’m just going to hold on for the ride.”

— Bob Thompson

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