THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2
A Cast of Thousands
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 brings back the major cast from the
films and introduces the extraordinary child Renesmee, plus 30 new vampire
from of around the world. The beloved actors portraying Bella, Edward, and
Jacob, as well as their
families, the Volturi, and the wolves all find resolutions to their complex
Bella, Edward, & Jacob... and now, Renesmee
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner return to their iconic
starring roles to
bring Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black firmly into adulthood. Young
Mackenzie Foy was just 10-years-old when she filmed her role as Renesmee Cullen,
creature who magically changes all of their lives.
"When people finally see both parts, they'll be amazed at what an achievement
Stewart's performance is," says Condon. "Where she starts as Bella and where she
ends up is
really something to watch. Plus the fact that she was able to juggle shooting so
out of order: one
day be doing the end of act three of Part 2 as a newborn vampire, and then the
next afternoon be
in the beginning of Part 1 as a human, experiencing an extreme pregnancy. I went
project excited by the prospect of that experience, and came out really thrilled
by having had it."
Robert Pattinson says the new film explores the vampire world beyond the
Bella and Edward, "The story spans the globe and encompasses many different
showing the variety of powers and abilities vampires can have. But the film is
also about the
fulfillment of Bella's character, first seeing her as a vampire is going to be a
"When I was writing the book, it felt like Bella was coming into her own,"
"She hasn't fit in very well as a human. She was clumsy, not at ease with her
body. She has
always felt like she wasn't in the right place. When she becomes a vampire,
comfortable with herself and that was a fun thing to write. There was that
moment where she
really feels like she was born for this, she was meant to be this person, and
she has realized her
potential. That was really cool because so much of what Edward is worried about
these books is Bella becoming a vampire and hating it and as a result, becoming
so unhappy. So
to have Bella come out of the transformation and feel 'Finally, I'm here. This
is what I should
have been,' is really great for both Bella and Edward, and for the relationship.
It's really good to
finally have that equality between them."
"In the book, the hunt was my favorite. I loved how alive she became,"
"The idea was really clearly stated in the book that, as a vampire, Bella is
different and she is
special... you could feel it instantly. Everything's easy for her. Now she's
Stewart enjoyed the increased physical nature of the role, "It's been really
conceptually play that I am the strongest person in the room," laughs Stewart.
"That had an effect
on how I stand next to these big huge guys, who are clearly stronger than me. I
got to do wire work
and kick people. It feels good to get physical, because I've always literally
stood behind people."
Condon adds, "Kristen has been dying to do this! She's totally into the
action and the
physicality of the part. That was all really exciting for her. She was always
able to relate to Bella
Swan and brings so much of herself to the part. Kristen can look at the previous
understand the moments that she loves. But in this, there's something so
different about this
character, vampire Bella, that I think intrigued Kristen. But we worked to still
bring as much of her
to it as possible, but I feel it's more remote. For example, when she has that
arm wrestling scene
with Emmett, after she wins and breaks the rock, she says 'did you see that?'
It's pure Kristen
and I Ieft the moment in the movie just to make sure that this character was not
so different from
the part that Kristen created in the other movies."
Stewart was only 17-years-old when she was cast in Twilight to bring to life
shy, and clumsy Bella Swan, who would, by this fifth film, have evolved into a
mother and powerful vampire. "I started this whole thing when I was really young
and in the first
movie, I am so very human... full of idiosyncrasies with clear insecurities. I
stutter a lot in
Twilight, which is something that I liked. It was really good for the series
because, when Bella
becomes a vampire in the final film, I am completely still and in control. I
and talking in a scene completely differently because Bella's mind now works so
Both the attitude and the physical look of Bella evolved. "Kristen has
attacked the final
two films with relish," comments Godfrey. "She has been pumped to finally play
Bella as a
vampire - so on fire and that's been a blast to see. Kristen has really been
enthusiastic in every
regard, not only working with her hair and makeup people to create something
that she was really
confident in, but she's created a different mode of carrying herself and of
speaking. It's been fun
for her because she's not Bella anymore, she's this new Bella."
The audience's first view of vampire Bella is memorable with her perfect pale
crimson red eyes, and striking blue dress. "Her transformation into a vampire is
a whole other
look for her," agrees costume designer Michael Wilkinson. "Just charting all
stages for her is just thrilling as a costume designer. Kristen is the very
heart and soul and
anchor of these movies. What she brings is really breathtaking and such strong,
work. So to go through this whole journey of transformation with such an
intelligent and inspiring
actress, was really an incredibly satisfying experience."
Bella and Edward now have a home of their own - a cottage hideaway in the
where they can live as man and wife with the privacy to explore each other as
vampires. The most passionate scene of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
decidedly different tone from the most intimate in The Twilight Saga: Breaking
Dawn - Part 1
because both participants are now immortal. "Bill completely understood the two
scenes," states Meyer. "The first one had newness, discovery, and a lack of
certainty. Now, the
second one has total confidence."
She adds, "In Part 1, the romance is a very awkward situation because this is
who have never been together that way before, plus they have some really scary
Human Bella could actually get hurt badly, which is not the dream. It's not the
ideal. That was its
own thorny problem to work through, but I always want problems when writing,
solving them is
what's fun. Now in Part 2, to have the counterpoint be something that's so
effortless and perfect,
that was really nice."
"I've been really, really excited about developing Bella's vamp thing,"
"Not just the look, I like her powers the best. She's definitely my favorite
vampire. Bella doesn't
even realize she has these really enormous talents... but I would want these
gifts. Even though
she makes fun of it, her super self-control is actually probably the coolest
power in the series.
Also she can project her shield, like a membrane. Bella can protect anyone who
that, and any other vampy power has no effect on her whatsoever, which is why
read her mind. It all starts to click why it's been so difficult, why they've
been drawn together, and
why she's been such a mystery to him... all of that makes sense now."
"We come to realize, Bella's power is not only the reason that Edward has
able to read her mind, but also why Aro couldn't see her memories and Jane's
pain couldn't affect
her," explains Godfrey. "The reason is that she's naturally a shield. She is
protected from other
people's powers and this movie becomes about the realization of that power,
strengthened once she becomes a vampire. They realize that if she can train
herself to push that
protection around all of them, they might have a fighting chance once the
Meyer was pleased with what all the cast and filmmakers accomplished over the
of four years and five films. "I'm excited because Kristen did great with this
human Bella, who
was stumbling through life... she brought to it this awkwardness, and now in the
last film, it's
gone. She is now so self-possessed. Kristen has always been really good with
she looks so fierce when she's getting into it and that's fantastic. It's like
watching her come into
her own too. So that path, that journey for her is so much like Bella's.
Kristen's been able to take
this character to a place where the character is so strong."
"Initially Bella worries about how she's going to behave as a vampire, is she
going to go
crazy. Especially because she's stronger than all the Cullen's put together at
the beginning. You
find out very rapidly that she's very much in control of herself and finds it
even easier than
anybody else when they've been turned into a vampire. It's a very happy
The hurdle of that happy beginning is Bella accepting what has happened with
and Renesmee. She's blindsided by what makes their whole twisted love story make
"When we leave Part 1, Jacob imprinting on Renesmee has occurred, but it hasn't
been resolved. We come into Part 2 and after Bella's first great hunt where she
anybody, she comes back home, sees Renesmee, and there's Jacob hovering. All of
Bella realizes what's happened. Like any mother would be she is as furious, as
been at first. Eventually she acknowledges what imprinting's about, because it
is clear that Jacob
can't harm a bone in Renesmee's body. Jacob makes Bella understand that their
always leading to this and it becomes real closure on the relationship with
Bella and Jacob.
We're left with a sense of real family now and that everything makes sense."
Pattinson adds, "Obviously it causes a lot of problems in the Cullen
considering Jacob's imprinted before Bella has even seen her own kid. Edward can
mind and knows Jacob is forced to imprint by his genes. So Edward has a quicker
of it than Bella does."
"She literally tosses me around the whole yard, which was pretty fun to
Lautner. "Bella has lost it completely and Jacob really can't do anything about
it and he's not
going to fight back. He understands, so he's going to take it. It's really
intense, but it's also pretty
comedic because you got Bella flinging Jacob, screaming at him, and getting in
his face. He's
trying to explain it to her, but she's not getting it right now. Kristen and I
definitely had a good
"Taylor Lautner has got a great sense of comedy," comments Condon.
maybe the most controversial idea of this novel, especially for people who
aren't fans of the world
and aren't sympathetic. In the moment where he's confronted, I really loved the
way that Kristen
plays it completely seriously, she carries the weight of a mother protecting her
child, and Taylor
plays the moment comedically, and then gets to a serious place. He makes the
argument that lands. The argument that this was the reason for everything we've
through, this whole thing is because Jacob was destined for Renesmee. He gives
Bella a moment
to think, and to remember that they all do live in this magical world, where
other rules apply."
Not being able to quit while he's ahead, Jacob also nicknames Renesmee. "In
the mist of
this very intense scene Jacob decides to break out calling her Nessie, and Bella
doesn't take that
too well either. She freaks out and lunges at Jacob's throat," laughs Lautner.
"Bella does not
appreciate the nickname. This imprinting is nothing like they imagined. It's
very serious. It's what
was supposed to happen and it's the reason everything has gone the way it has
and they learn to
accept it. Jacob becomes part of the family."
Jacob spends most of the movie within sight of Renesmee, as her protector.
special about Renesmee? To the best of their knowledge at that point, she is one
of a kind - an
odd mix of human and vampire, who's quite lovely," describes Meyer.
"Baby Renesmee grows very, very quickly. By the time she is 4 months-old, she
a 4-year-old," explains Rosenberg. "The trick with Renesmee is to convey her
intelligence and you
want her to be a presence, and Stephenie pointed this out a lot. Clouds are
hanging over. One is
that Renesmee's growing too quickly and there's a huge question as to how
quickly is she going to
grow, and hence how long is her life. But then a much bigger cloud sweeps over,
which is the
Volturi. They have been wanting to get rid of the Cullen's and have now found
"The accelerated pace of her intellect is fascinating. She has such a sweet
loving and kind person from the very beginning. She cares about her parents. She
the trouble that she's put people into. Renesmee's darling and everyone responds
to her," says
Meyer. "One of the odd laws of nature is that when you take care of someone
else, when you
protect them, you love them. It's not the other way around. When you sacrifice
that's how real love is built."
"All of them are very, very much in love with this little child that they
They know they are never going to have this again," adds Meyer. "This is this
once in a lifetime
opportunity for all of them and once in a lifetime means something when you live
for thousands of
years. Renesmee's potentially dying, would be something almost impossible to
live with. So
there are two sides to this, this amazing gift and then the terror of what it
might mean. Renesmee
becomes very important to them."
Like her mother and father, Renesmee is gifted. "She does have a special
can communicate through touch. No one can ignore what she has to say because
knows what she's thinking, which is kind of the reverse of Edward's ability to
read almost every
mind. This becomes a really helpful thing for them when they're explaining
Renesmee to all of
these vampires who come in automatically distrusting the situation. When she
explains it to
them, they have to believe," explains Meyer. "If she touches you, you can see
her thoughts and
it's impossible to doubt her because you're in it. You can see that it's the
truth, so she makes a
very convincing witness."
"She's the most beautiful child in the world. Renesmee is a really, really
special little kid,"
agrees Stewart. "She has her own way of communicating. It's awesome to see a
communicate with her infant child more so than we would be able to in real life.
I'm sure every
mother feels that they're speaking to their children, but Bella and Renesmee
really are speaking
to each other in this mythical way. I can't wait to see how that looks
"Renesmee is the biggest challenge on this project," states Condon. "Not only
technical point of view, but I think Renesmee was probably the character that
the fans were most
intrigued by in this movie. With Twilight you're always dealing with such an
intense fan base, and
you're in touch with some of them and aware of what they're most interested in.
generous in accepting the fact that we had to make this big shift in terms of
how quickly the
"The major challenge was how are we going to do this? Are we going to use
actresses? Are we going to go all CG?" asks Godfrey. "We decided to start with
ends up looking like, taking whatever child actress we find and digitally change
her to make her
look even more other worldly. We were incredibly blessed to get an audition from
"When we started casting it was clear that this role demanded some
adds Meyer. "In the first round, Mackenzie tried out and from that first moment
I thought, please
let Bill like her, she's so perfect. Then Bill was having the same thought,
please let Stephenie like
her, she's wonderful and can act. Finding a child who could pull off saying
goodbye to her mother
thinking her whole family's going to die, was a really big deal. That's a lot to
ask of a 10-yearold."
"As soon as we saw Mackenzie, that was it," remembers Condon. "There was
something, first about the way she looked, plus her self-possession, and she's
so pretty, and
she's a good actress... we're not going to do better than that."
"Mackenzie's audition actually happened fairly early on and was great.
However, we still
kept looking as I think we were still looking for someone a little bit younger,"
recalls Meyer. "But
Bill and I both were absolutely in agreement from the first time we saw the
tapes. This little
angelically faced child with perfect delivery is the one."
"My first audition was really cool," remembers Mackenzie Foy. "I was a little
but mostly excited. When I read the script, what I liked about Renesmee was she
was a very
sweet girl and she loved her family so much. Then I went in there and I just did
what my heart
told me to do."
"The first time I met Bill Condon, we talked about what we like about
Renesmee and what
kind of girl she was... about how she's smart, intelligent, and brave. When I
first got told that I
was playing Renesmee, I was totally doing the happy dance. Working with Bill
Condon is just like
an honor... when I grow up and I become a movie director, I want to be like him,"
"Everyone had the same reaction to Mackenzie, not only does she look like a
marriage of what Rob and Kristen would create, but she has a natural
otherworldly quality to her.
She's stunning, but she also has this quality of looking like she has the soul
of someone who is
100-years-old. She has this wisdom in her eyes that we thought we were going to
digitally create," adds Godfrey.
The role would be Foy's first time on a movie set. Filmmakers used a series
of various sizes and ages and executed a sophisticated face replacement that
Mackenzie's acting on the bodies of other younger actresses. "Mackenzie's been
so great in her
performance in the scenes where she's playing her size, that we want to try to
performance as much as possible when she's playing younger versions of herself,"
"Renesmee has got to wind up in Mackenzie's age range after a certain point
in the movie,
so we worked backwards, tracking how to get her from here to there, across the
several months in
which the film takes place," explains Condon. "We got into these very specific
charts of what she
would look like at progressing ages. We cast girls from baby size to 5- or
6-years old, who would
basically play the body of Renesmee and then we would put in Mackenzie's
adjusted face and
Foy adds, "To play this role, you have to have a lot of CGI stuff done. My
mom and me
helped pick out old videos and pictures of me as a baby and a little girl. I
have to go in and act
out all the parts because they need my face, and then they changed my body
around. When I get
my face scanned, I have to stay really still. Sometimes, I just sit there and I
keep my head really
still and I don't make different emotions, other times they have me say lines
and do the emotions.
It's actually really, really fun to try and act and keep your head in one place.
It's like a challenge."
"Mackenzie did her facial performance in what looks like a big scary dentist
Condon. "She plays every moment in the same angles that we shot and then we take
her face and
bring it down to the appropriate age, and then merge it with whatever girl had
been on the set. It
was a big intense visual effects process that we spent of most of 2012
The imagination of a child is a benefit when doing visual effects. "I
actually found all of
that super, super fun," she reveals. "It's not every day you can get out of bed,
get dressed, go to
a set, and see all of a movie world. It's really cool and it will never, ever be
exhausting to do
anything like that. It's true. I like doing green screen and effects stuff."
Meyer adds, "We're going to watch this little girl grow up. It's going to
look amazing. I'm
very excited to see the final product. We were so lucky with Mackenzie. She was
a gift because
not only was she perfect, she also is a great actress with an amazing work
ethic. This girl loves it.
She loves acting. She wants to be there all night. She's so upbeat all the time
and a 100 percent
professional. She has a nut allergy, so we had to lock down the nuts on set to
protect her. When
she left in Baton Rouge, she had a ton of nuts left all over the craft services
table with a note to the
crew saying thank you. She's so thoughtful and sweet on every level, a joy to
have on set.
Stumbling into Mackenzie Foy was such luck."
During production, Foy was of a similar age to Stewart when the actress shot
Panic Room with Jodie Foster, another former child actor. Condon says, "Kristen,
there. This was really a little bit about showing somebody the ropes. They would
hanging out together. When we were ready to shoot, the toughest people to drag
out of a
conversation were Kristen and Mackenzie. They really got to be very close."
The actors fell easily into playing a close family. Stewart comments, "We are
so lucky to
have Mackenzie. When you work with good actors, everything just becomes more
natural for you and you create a more complete environment. Mackenzie is so
smart and she
loves doing this. She probably knows more about what's going on at and what the
next shot is
than most other actors on set. She's amazingly cool and I'm very proud to have
her be playing
"Kristen is nice," says Foy. "Acting in the scenes, she gives me pointers,
let me do this or
that, and she helps me so much. Also, working with Rob Pattinson is just so fun
silly, he's goofy, and he's really, really nice. Sometimes he also gives me some
pointers and then
sometimes he's just off giggling."
"Mackenzie's great," confirms Pattinson. "She's very self-possessed for a
girl, she's really smart, she's really talented. She's had to do very difficult
things. She's playing
the face on the body many other young girls of varying sizes, which is very,
very difficult to do for
any actor, let alone a young girl who's doing her first movie. She's very funny.
She's taught us a
lot of things about life and how to be polite to people. She's very professional
and likes to have
her swear bucks. She's already made a lot of money off me and Kristen."
"Some of the scenes with them in Part 2 were so beautiful," comments Meyer.
and little Mackenzie- what a cool friend vibe they had. They were buddies.
Mackenzie just loved
him and he thought she was the funniest, cutest kid ever. They really got along,
it was a really
natural vibe you could feel between them."
"Taylor is a funny, loving person. Everyday he would play games with me, like
catch my hand. He'd jerk it away fast - up high, down low, too slow. We did that
a lot, and we
also played a staring contest. We did a lot of different games together and then
I would have to
go to school," says Foy.
"I wish that we could have had a camera just on Taylor and Mackenzie off
Meyer. "He thought she was the coolest thing in the world, and she just adored
him. They had
this great brother-sister vibe that was so much fun to watch. Mackenzie impacted
people in the
oddest ways. Kristen felt so maternal towards her. Rob had this great rapport
with her. She
brought out the emotions in reality that we were also seeing on the screen."
Lautner loved playing big brother on the set. "I don't even know where to
Mackenzie. She is the cutest little girl in the world, so funny and so
talented," gushed Lautner.
"She's also so smart... basically everybody loves Mackenzie. We had a lot of fun
with her and she did such an amazing job playing this pivotal character. It's a
very intense movie
and the action is back. All the characters are in a different light than you've
ever seen before.
Everything just starts to make sense in Breaking Dawn - Part 2. Jacob is finally
over Bella... my
goodness, it's a miracle."
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