We are just over a week away from the release of The Short
Second Life of Bree Tanner
(be sure to download your countdown
clock if you want to countdown to the exact second of the release –
we are!). To celebrate the upcoming release, we’ll have some fun
and exclusive items leading up to June 5th.
Today, we are thrilled to be able to share with you an
interview with Jodelle Ferland.
Jodelle plays Bree in the Eclipse
movie and was nice enough
to answer some of our burning questions (including some contributed
by our Official Team Captains!) – speaking of burning, what was up
with her burning her copy of the book? See below for the answer to
that and more!
And be sure to stop back on Monday for an exclusive look at
character – Bree Tanner!
: Were you a Twilight
fan prior to
being cast as Bree?
: I saw Twilight
with my friends
when it first came out, but I didn't read the books until a while
after that. I finally decided I should read them, and I'm really
glad I did, because now they're one of my favorites, and I've read
them many times since then. When I got called for the Bree
audition, I was just about finished with the series.
: How did you get the role of Bree? What
was your audition process like?
: It was pretty much the same as always. My
agent called me and told me I had an audition. I tried not to get
excited that it was for Eclipse
, because it makes it way
worse if you don't get it and you already have your hopes up. So I
went for the audition, and then I waited. I found out a while later
that I had a callback, and I went and did my scene again, this time
in front of David Slade. Then more waiting (that part is never
fun). I finally found out that I got the part, and I was so
excited. The only part that was different about the Eclipse
audition process was that I normally get a scene from the script to
memorize, but instead it was from the book because the script was
: What was it like to play Bree? What was
the most challenging part of playing her?
: I loved playing Bree. I think she's been
one of my favorite characters I've played so far. Not just because
she's in Eclipse
. She's a vampire, and that makes her
awesome. And not just a vampire, a newborn vampire. They're a lot
more fun to play, because they're so wild, compared to the Cullens
who are so in control. I think the most difficult part was when I
was being tortured by Jane. I've done all sorts of death scenes,
but being tortured by imaginary vampire powers is a little bit
difficult to do without looking kind of ridiculous, especially
since I don't know how that would actually feel.
: How did you feel when you found out that
your character was going to live on in a new novella written by
: I was so thrilled. I love Stephenie's
writing, so even if it wasn't about Bree, I would have been happy
to have something to read. But the fact that it's about my
character makes it so much more exciting. Bree has an amazing story
to tell, and I think people are going to love hearing it.
: How important was the novella in getting
to understand Bree better?
: There isn't really very much about Bree
. All we know is that she's a newborn vampire in
Victoria's army, and that she's willing to change her ways and join
the Cullens, rather than stay and fight. As an actress, that's not
really much to go on. I didn't know what Bree had been through or
how she came to be a vampire. Basically, I knew nothing about her
personality or her past. The novella really helped me understand
Bree and why she is the way she is. I wouldn't have been able to
play her properly if I wasn't able to read it prior to filming.
: We’ve all seen the photo of you burning
your copy of the manuscript on Stephenie’s site. Was it exciting or
intimidating to read something that was so secret?
: Exciting, for sure! I was thinking, Wow,
I'm holding a book that Twilight fans all over the world would kill
for, and they don't even know it exists...but I'm reading it. I was
also trying to read it as quickly as I could, because David Slade's
assistant had to sit there while I read it, but at the same time I
wanted to remember every detail. The burning part was actually
pretty fun. Ideally, we would have just shredded it, but we were
out in the forest. It was supposed to be destroyed right after I
read it, so we took the bucket that's used for cigarettes and
tossed a match in. Which didn't work. It was actually pretty hard
to get it to burn. It was so funny, that we decided to take a
picture and send it to Stephenie.
: What other research did you do for the
: There really wasn't much I could do. I'd
read the books, seen the movie, and also had the chance to read the
novella. Twilight vampires aren't your typical burns in the sun,
sleeps in a coffin, and has fangs vampire. If I just Google
"vampire", I wouldn't really get anything that would help me play
Bree. Actually, I'd probably mostly get Twilight results, but there
wouldn't be anything on the internet that I couldn't find somewhere
in the books. So really, all I could do was just make sure I knew
everything there is to know about newborn vampires and
: Who is your favorite character in the
Twilight universe (besides Bree!)?
: Besides Bree? I don't know, that's really
tough...I mean, Bree is pretty awesome...just kidding, my favorite
is Alice, I love her!
: What’s next for you?
: Other than a whole lot of Eclipse
publicity and conventions, my next project is a feature film called
"Mighty Fine" with Chazz Palminteri and Andie MacDowell.
: Do you have any advice for aspiring
: Acting isn't as easy as it looks. It's
fun, but it can get difficult at times too. If you really want to
become an actor, don't give up! You might not be instantly famous,
but eventually, your hard work will pay off.
: What books do you enjoy reading? Favorite
movie? TV show?
: I'm a bookworm, and I'll read almost
anything. One of my favorite authors is Eoin Colfer, I've read
almost all of his books. Of course, Stephenie is another one of my
favorite authors! The Host
is amazing, I've read it so many
times. I also like Black Beauty
, Harry Potter, A Series of
Unfortunate Events, and The Sisters Grimm. I love the movies
, Pirates of the Caribbean
, A Walk To
, and obviously, Twilight
Ironically, considering what I do, I don't have much time for TV.
But when I can, I like to watch Supernatural
reruns, and Life