3 Ways 'Twilight' Would Have Been Different if Michelle Trachtenberg Had Been Bella

Read this cool Article from Zimbio about what would happen if Michelle Trachtenberg was choosen to play Bella Swan in the twilight movies..

Kristen Stewart skyrocketed to fame when she was cast as Bella Swan in the Twilight film series, but Michelle Trachtenberg recently revealed that she could have nabbed the role.

"There was definitely interest here and there because there's only so few pale girls in Hollywood," the 26-year-old actress told US Weekly when she attended the grand opening of LOLA in New York City on Wednesday night.

"I've known [director] Catherine Hardwicke since the movie Thirteen," she added. "I was actually supposed to star in that, but I was on Buffy at the time." Hardwicke, of course,  directed the first Twilight film and cast KStew in the highly coveted Bella role.

Trachtenberg said that her Buffy shooting schedule was the main reason why she never got to play Bella Swan. But if the stars had aligned and schedules had permitted, here are three ways that we think the Twilight Saga and all of its surrounding hysteria would have been different.

1. No Robert Pattinson

After Hardwicke cast Kristen Stewart as Bella, the actress got to read with all of the Edward Cullen hopefuls. When Hardwicke had trouble making her final decision, Stewart lobbied for Rob to get the role. "Are you kidding me!? Its such an obvious choice!" she recounted telling Hardwicke. "It couldn't have been better. It was sort of perfect."

As for Rob, he might not have even gone to the audition if it hadn't been for Stewart. “Kristen is the best actress of our generation and that’s why I wanted to do this movie," he told MTV News back in 2008. "I don’t know why she is. She’s just better than everybody else.”

2. Taylor Lautner Might Have Been Recast

After Twilight, rumors were rampant that the role of Jacob Black, Bella's werewolf best friend, would be recast. Impossible as it may seem now, Taylor Lautner was thought to be too young and too skinny to undergo Jacob's transition from boy to wolf man.

26-year-old Trachtenberg is seven years older than Lautner, while KStew is only two years older. That five year age difference could have made all the difference in the world when producers were considering whether the then 16-year-old Lautner was the right guy for the New Moon gig. Imagine a world without Taylor Lautner's rock hard abs. Tragic, no?

3. A Less Successful Twilight Saga

The Twilight novels were already wildly popular bestsellers when the movies were made, so the film franchise was always going to be successful. But the undercover romance that blossomed between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson on the set of New Moon (and if you believe the rumors, probably even earlier than that) certainly sent the hype machine into overdrive.

Every tabloid in the world wanted a piece of their secret vampire love and photos of the Twilight stars were everywhere. That kind of publicity is absolutely priceless, and the Twilight films have undoubtedly reaped the benefits of the public's insatiable desire to watch Rob and Kristen (as Edward and Bella) make googly eyes at each other. The movies would still have been very successful if Michelle Trachtenberg had been Bella, but we don't think they'd be quite as mind-blowingly huge.

So how do you think the Twilight movies would have been different if Michelle Trachtenberg had been Bella? Do you think she would have been good in the role or is Kristen Stewart the only Bella for you? Is a world without Robert Pattinson too terrifying to even contemplate? 


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Comment by Meagan (maewolf) on December 2, 2011 at 5:38pm

the first two i can see, the third...I dont know, no one can know that, twilight was huge before the movies its why i even read the damn books, they were everywhere! lol

Comment by Isabella Swan (Danielle Bonet) on December 2, 2011 at 5:39pm

wait it says her Buffy shooting schedule was the main reason why she never got to play Bella Swan  but Buffy stop shooting in around 2003, 5 years before twilight came out or even started filming.... so how did her Buffy schedule stop her from getting the part as Bella?... I'm confused can some please explain this to me?

Comment by Kribert on December 2, 2011 at 5:46pm

@Danielle This article got it wrong. I read it somewhere else and it said that she would have been in the movie Thirteen if it wasnt for Buffy... Not Twilight..

Comment by Cassidy Dawn Novotny on December 2, 2011 at 5:57pm
It definately is better with Kristen Thank You Very Much!
Comment by tschaal77 on December 2, 2011 at 6:48pm

@cassidy.. i agree with you. kristen is a phenominal actress and hardwick chose the right person to play bella...although i could see trachtenberg playing bella. but kristen is WAY better. and oh no! what would the world do without rob! :o

Comment by barbaracorker on December 2, 2011 at 7:36pm

There is no Twilight without our Kristen and Rob........it could have been done but never with the chemistry between those two! It would probably been a one hit movie,not the Blockbuster it is with this whole cast,crew and directors and producers.Oh yes,Melissa writing the story.

Good  Karma with them..........

Comment by barbaracorker on December 2, 2011 at 7:39pm

PS.there IS no Twilight without Rob,period...he is the only Edward to Kristens Bella.

Comment by Stini on December 2, 2011 at 8:10pm

there would be no robsten 

Comment by Pennybug Cullen on December 2, 2011 at 9:31pm

She is too old to have played the part. 

I can't imagine anyone else playing Edward. Rob has done such an amazing job. 

Comment by robsten42 on December 3, 2011 at 2:23am

The only Bella is Kristen and the only Edward is Rob.  I can't imagine Twilight without either one of them; their chemistry together is just so powerful.  Rob and Kristen have definitely put alot of themselves into these movies and they are great actors as well as just all around great people. Catherine did a great job casting Kristen and Kristen did an even better job choosing Rob for Edward.


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