Question: Now that you’re doing press for the final film, does it feel like it’s really over now?
ASHLEY GREENE: Well, this is the first event that is marking the beginning of the end of Twilight. It’s the last Comic-Con we’re going to come to for Twilight, so I guess it’s sinking in. But, once we get to the premieres is when it’s maybe going to be a little more emotional because it’s really going to be coming to an end. Luckily, we have it captured on film, forever, and our fans are really incredible. They seem to be following us into new projects that we’re doing, and really supporting us, so that’s pretty neat.
How did you guys celebrate the end, on set?
ELIZABETH REASER: You never quite knew when it was actually going to end because there was so much second unit stuff to be completed. Peter and I wrapped at the exact same time. We had just finished a scene with Ashley and Kellan. I think we were just walking through the woods, being happy, which was nice, for a change. And then, they told Peter and I that we had wrapped and we were stunned. After five movies, to be told, “You’re done,” was just surreal. I remember screaming and laughing and hugging, and then feeling like, “Well, what do we do now?”
KELLAN LUTZ: And then, we went to dinner. It was nice.
Did any of you take home any props as a souvenir?
GREENE: I took my original Alice Cullen necklace with me, which is pretty cool to have.
Kellan, is it true that Bella’s vampire is stronger than Emmett, when he challenges her?
LUTZ: Well, Emmett’s a great actor. That’s why he let her win. I’m three times the size of Kristen. You know what? Doing that scene with Kristen was something I’ve been looking forward to shooting since day one, when I read all the books. I was like, “Hopefully, we get to make Breaking Dawn because you finally get to see a scene with Emmett and Bella. And then, to work with Kristen, who is a brilliant actress, and see her transform from human Bella to vampiric Bella, and see little things that she would change, was fun. I’m really looking forward to seeing that scene in the movie, and I know the fans will also.
Looking back over the franchise, what film was your favorite to do and why?
REASER: I think the first one. I had the most fun in that.
GREENE: We had no idea what we were doing.
REASER: We had no idea what we were getting into. We thought we were just doing this little vampire movie in Portland. There was just a lot of silliness, a lot of hijinks and bad behavior.
JACKSON RATHBONE: It was fun. The film was everybody coming together and being together in the room for the first time. Doing those epically long Cullen family shoots would take two days to do.
PETER FACINELLI: Because everyone had coverage. You might have like three lines, but there were 10 people, so they would cover each person. Three lines could take 12 or 15 hours, but it was fun because everybody was together. As hard as it was to shoot those scenes, I always enjoyed when we were all together.
LUTZ: Well, the first one felt like we were 17, before turning to 18, so we could get in trouble. Before all the craziness happened and Twilight became what it was, I just remember Jackson and Peter and I had some good times. We still did later, but we had some monitoring come on afterwards.
REASER: For the first movie, they had the girls in one hotel and the boys in another hotel. Then, we found out that they actually preferred their hotel, so we moved over there and all hell broke loose.
FACINELLI: We had a lot of rehearsals for the original Twilight to get the family to learn each other and experience each other, so we could all be like a family. We spent a lot of time together.
What is it like to interact with your fans who line up for days at Comic-Con, and who are so excited to see you?
REED: I think there was a different energy, this time around. I felt like, because this is the last one, there’s been a different kind of appreciation, on both ends, and a lot of familiar faces. It’s not like we haven’t seen some of these people before, so you really do feel like you recognize them. It’s like, “Hey, you got a haircut,” or “Wow, thanks for sleeping out here, year after year.” I think everyone felt really grateful. I think I can speak for everyone and say that I’m really beginning to recognize how unique and special this has been, just because we live in a time where capturing someone’s attention for more than five seconds is nearly impossible, and these guys really stuck by us. This entire experience is because of them. It actually is. So, you can’t help but do your best to go out there and sign something.
FACINELLI: It is pretty surreal to see fans that you’ve now known for four years, and they’ve grown with us and they’ve been there from the beginning. They were there T the first premiere and at all the Comic-Con conventions. You do recognize them and you know them by name, and that’s pretty special.
What is going to catch Twilight fans by surprise the most, with this final film?
REASER: I haven’t seen the movie yet, but there’s some stuff with Peter and I that I can’t say, but it’s really scary and heightened, and I’m excited to see that.
GREENE: There are some surprises that are going to surprise them.
LUTZ: There’s this thing, and then it totally, and that’s what happens, and it’s crazy. You’ll love it!
REASER: Well, you’ll see all the international vampires. That’s going to be cool.
GREENE: It’s huge!
LUTZ: Yeah, you get introduced to a whole new cast. That’s pretty cool.
GREENE: And Bella is a vampire, which is pretty awesome to see.
RATHBONE: There are a lot more vampires, this time around.
Bill Condon is the only director that has worked on two of these films? What do you think sets these movies apart?
RATHBONE: Honestly, it felt like Breaking Dawn was one movie. It’s Part 1 and Part 2 because it would’ve been insanely long, otherwise. But, Bill was just an amazing director. I think that whenever you’re working with a director, you find that the energy from the director trickles down to the entire set. Since he was so calm and collected and composed, throughout the entire film process, it felt breezy and effortless and thought out. He’s a great director for actors. He worked with us and talked to us and let us try new things. He just always had a pleasant disposition about him, which is really nice when you do a film.
GREENE: He was excited.
LUTZ: And he never raised his voice, once. When you do a movie, it’s like going on a journey. It’s really like the director is the captain of the ship, and that energy, everybody feels. Bill is such a great actor’s director. He cares about what you’re thinking. And, he’s very open. Even though he was pressed for time, and he was doing two movies at once, and all this stuff was happening around him, he would still take time to sit there and talk to you about your scene and your character and what you were going through. That was really a treat.
REASER: Also, to get to work with serious filmmakers on this kind of a movie, has elevated these movies. We were so lucky, as actors, that the crew of directors that we’ve gotten to work with are totally really super high-end filmmakers. But, Bill Condon had a vision and it was so specific. He’s really passionate. I think he’s taken the story to another level.
Check out the full interview at Collider here