BEVERLY HILLS, California — How badly does “90210” star AnnaLynne McCord want to join the [movie id=”369195″]”Twilight”[/movie] series? As badly as Edward wants Bella. As badly as Victoria hungers for revenge. As badly as … well, you get the point.
“Can I just tell you how much of a dork I am?” beamed the 21-year-old beauty while speaking to MTV News on Thursday (February 12). “I used to wear vampire teeth for like, a year straight. I’d go to the grocery store, and as I was checking out I’d look up and be like, ’Arrgh!’ Like, I’m hardcore! This is way before [Stephenie Meyer’s books], and then ’Twilight’ was awesome.”
Now the fast-rising star, who can be seen in the February 20th teen romp “Fired Up,” is on the verge of getting bitten for real. “We are in negotiations,” she said of her current talks with “New Moon” filmmaker Chris Weitz and his team. “It’s definitely something I would love to do; as most people know, I am obsessed with vampires. I’m a true-blood ’Twilight’ fan all the way.”
The only hold-up that remains, McCord revealed, is her hectic calendar currently booked up with “90210” shoots. “There’s some scheduling conflicts, and we’re trying to work that out now,” she explained, twisting her digits. “We’ll see what happens with it, but hopefully — fingers crossed — it’ll smooth over and we’ll be able to work it out.”
Something that few Twilighters realize, however, is that the vampire-loving actress nearly played
[movieperson id=”315691″]Nikki Reed’s[/movieperson] part in the original film. “They wanted me to play Rosalie,” she recalled. “I met with the producers when ’Twilight’ was casting, the original. I was on ’Nip/Tuck’ at the time. And they were like, ’We’d love to have you in this little film we’re doing called ’Twilight,’ but the family only has small roles.’ They were like, ’It shoots in Oregon, so you probably couldn’t do it anyway.’ And I was like, ’If it shot [in L.A.] that would be cool.”
“Then this little film ’Twilight’ blows up, crazy,” she laughed, enjoying her seemingly predestined participation in the franchise. “So, I came back in for a [recent ’New Moon’] meeting and was like, ’Hey, remember me? I supported you way back when!’ I’m like, ’Let’s do this!'”
If she does land the high-profile gig, McCord would play the small but pivotal role of Heidi — described in the books as an exceptional beauty who lures humans to the Volturi to be feasted upon.
“I love Heidi. She’s obviously very sexy. She’s the fisherman; she’s the bait,” McCord explained of her take on the vampire vixen. “It’s a fun character to play. But she’s also a thousand-year-old vampire, so that’s kind of badass.”
Another badass thought for the actress would be working full-time with old friend Kellan Lutz — a supporting player on “90210” who got his start alongside McCord doing Abercrombie & Fitch ads. “We did those, forever ago. Like, when I was 16,” she said of the steamy ads. “And so it’s been really cool. Ever since he came back on [’90210’] we’ve been able to hook back up and hang out again.”
McCord is also friends with Ashley Greene , and is certain that she’d fit right in with the tight-knit “Twilight” family. “I love Ashley, I’ve known her for awhile. It’s really cool that we all know each other,” she gushed. “We’re all friends, and we all spent New Year’s together — and it would be really cool to be in Vancouver together shooting. I hope it all works out, and [Kellan] definitely, definitely hopes it works out as well.”
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