As the ardor cools for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, it’s easy to forget all the humans except that most desired one — Kristen Stewart’s Bella. But there are the others, from the ever-surging Anna Kendrick’s as head geek Jessica to Billy Burke as dad Swan.
And then there’s actress Christian Serratos’s bespectacled Angela Webber, who kind of reflects the film’s own core girl-geek squad.
After the 20-year-old Serratos made it into The Twilight Saga, she started to tour the con circuit making sure that the humans other than Bella weren’t forgotten. So she made to New York last October, to Anaheim this April and has had time to bare all for PETA. And her few moments of screen time in the installments reveals real flashes of talent — part of what she discusses in this exclusive interview conducted during one of those con excursions.
Though she has limited screen time again in the third installment, see does have this incredible ringside seat to see this Virgin-Vamp saga emerge and see how everyone has evolved in doing it. As close up to the center of the media circus as anyone, Serratos has not only witnessed the Twilight phenomenon from the inside out, she has felt the glare of that white hot spotlight that Kris Stewart and Rob Pattinson have been subjected to throughout.
Q: Now that you know the characters, do you just go with it or do you rehearse?
CS: We definitely go over our stuff, our lines and work together, even off-set when we want to. The only real rehearsals are to get the stunts down. So the Cullens and the vampires have to deal with that.
Q: Did the mood on set change over time since everyone was already like a family, or was there more pressure because of the success?
CS: If anything, it went the other way. Once everyone realized how intense it was, everyone calmed down and relaxed. "Let’s not think about it. Let’s just do what we’re here to do, make the fans happy and go home."
Q: Are the scripts tight or are there some things you get to make up while you’re shooting?
CS: A lot of the improv was literally us trying to make each other mess up. It ended up working. It’s really cool. It’s funny to see what scenes they end up taking.
Q: It seems like all the actors have built a real sense of family.
CS: It has.
Q: Your character lasts throughout the series so you’re there for the long haul.
CS: Yeah. It’s been great. Everyone is definitely close knit. Everyone is family, we all take care of each other. We all pick on each other and so it’s great. I love everyone.
Q: Do you feel you learned anything from the more experienced actors on Twilight?
CS: Peter [Facinelli] who plays the dad, Dr. Carlisle — he’s pretty fatherly on set. But we all learn from each other.
Q: Do you crack each other up on the set?
CS: Yes. They’re not specifically planned, we just mess with each other in general. I’m usually picked on the most. I’m not kidding. I’m an easy target. They like to mess with me.
Q: What did you do to immerse yourself in the whole vampire universe?
CS: What was really cool about this particular project is that we didn’t have to. I mean, we did and we could, but we had the book.
Q: So you read the book beforehand?
CS: Oh, yeah.
Q: Some people advise that you shouldn’t read the book before the role and others go the other way.
CS: I couldn’t help it. I remember being on the third one, and the fourth wasn’t going to come out for another week or so. I could not possibly read just one page a day. I would go through a hundred pages a day. So I would force myself to just do one page a day, because I had to have my daily dose, but I didn’t want to finish because I didn’t want to have to wait.
Q: Have you met the Twilight series’ author Stephanie Meyer?
CS: Yeah, she comes to the set a lot. She’s really hands on. She’s really cool. I got a chance to meet her kids and talk to her about the movie and how she came up with it. She’s really nice.
Q: Did you ever discussed your character with her?
CS: Yeah. She gave me solid little tips and stuff and told us little tidbits about our characters. I think that a lot of what she told us is now in the public and so everyone really knows the inside stuff.
Q: Who is your favorite Twilight character?
CS: It would probably be Edward. Edward and Alice. He’s like the perfect guy ever and [she] is pretty, sassy and cool. She’s got a lot of great one-liners.
Q: Have you thought of bridging the two interests and doing musicals?
CS: That would be really cool. It would have to be a really bomb musical.
Q: A vampire musical?
CS: A vampire musical. That would be really cool. I’d be down for something like that. It would have to be something really creepy, like Repo The Genetic Opera. I feel if it’s going to be a musical, it has to be really edgy.
Q: Can you imagine a Twilight musical?
CS: Imagine Robert [Pattinson] singing as Edward Cullen? That would be cool.
Q: The emotions in the film would [work] for breaking out into song.
CS: I feel that, too. It’s actually funnier when you really think about it.
Q: Are there directors that you want to work with?
CS: Gus Van Sant would be really awesome. I like Gus Van Sant. I like Steven Soderberg. The guy that did Pan’s Labyrinth — Guillermo del Toro. And Steven Spielberg, naturally, just because he’s Steven Spielberg.
But there’s a whole list of people. I wanted to work with Catherine Hardwicke before I got to work with Catherine Hardwicke. So I got to check that off my list and that was really cool.
Q: Would you work with her again?
CS: Oh God, yeah. I love Catherine.
Q: Do you keep the fans in mind while making the film?
CS: Absolutely. When we first started working on it, we all did our research. We went online and saw what the fans had to say because this is definitely a fan movie. We love the fans.
Q: Will you do more risky roles, ones with more sexuality or nudity in them?
CS: I don’t know about that. But I don’t mind risqué or edgy. Nudity? I feel it’s super-important when it comes to some projects, and I feel it’s completely ridiculous and stupid when it comes to other. So it would definitely depend.