Nikki Reed Says ‘New Moon’ Wolves ‘Bring A Warmth’ To Film

Taylor Lautner is 'incredible — and I'm not saying that because he takes his shirt off in every scene,' she laughs.

“Twilight” mastermind Stephenie Meyer describes Rosalie Hale as the most beautiful woman in the world — a tall, statuesque vampire with long, wavy, blond hair and eyes resembling violets. Onscreen, 21-year-old beauty Nikki Reed has lived up to that impossible description, endearing herself to fans even as she further antagonizes their beloved Bella Swan.

Rounding out a week of Cullen family interviews that has included Jackson Rathbone , Elizabeth Reaser and Kellan Lutz , we caught up with the refreshingly frank actress to talk about the joys of a half-naked Taylor Lautner, rainbow analysis and why she’ll never, ever own a Rob Pattinson doll.

MTV: What’s the biggest difference, in your personal opinion, between the three “Twilight” books currently being filmed as the “Saga”?

Nikki Reed: The biggest difference? Well, I know the similarities — it’s an ongoing love story. I guess the action increases and the excitement and visual stimulation. But I think “New Moon” really revolves around this intense love triangle, and with “Eclipse,” it’s more heightened.

MTV: What’s your favorite scene in “New Moon”?

Reed: Anything that Taylor Lautner is in. Seriously, the kid is — he’s not a kid, he’s a young man — but he’s incredible. And I’m not saying that because he takes his shirt off in every scene. [Laughs.] Seriously, you forget that he’s half-naked in every scene, because he is so incredible. He makes this film amazing.

MTV: Tell us about your favorite new character to join the franchise, who wasn’t in the original film.

Reed: All of the wolves. They bring a very obvious warmth. To see people actually interacting and wrestling and touching each other and rolling around in the mud and being a bunch of boys? That was a nice addition. Because the vampires are all very … cold. It sounds super cliché, but there was a lot of interaction, a lot of human interaction [in "New Moon"]. It was nice.

MTV: You guys have known each other for so long. What do you discuss between takes?

Reed: Um, I suppose all kinds of things. We usually talk about rainbows. [Laughs.] That and how tired we are. That seems to be a very common topic: how exhausted we are.

MTV: As the “Saga” has continued filming, do you find yourself becoming more or less like Rosalie?

Reed: I guess the older I get, the more understanding and forgiving I’ve become. I’m learning how to see people as people and forgive them for their mistakes — and I guess that is unfolding in Rosalie’s life as well.

MTV: What do you think is the secret to the enormous success of the “Twilight” series?

Reed: It’s a universal love story. The obvious answer is the books, if you’re asking why the films are successful. But if you’re asking what people are drawn to, I think it’s ideas, situations [and] circumstances that are just out of reach, just out of the realm of possibility. I mean, it’s not realistic, but it’s this whole idea about living forever. People are fascinated by vampires, because it’s the one thing we can’t [attain]; it’s unachievable. Also, the love these two characters have for each other is relatively unhealthy and unrealistic as well. People are fascinated with situations like that.

MTV: There is so much “Twilight” swag out there now. Do you own any?

Reed: “Twilight” memorabilia? No. [Laughs.] I don’t have an Edward doll.

For more from the “New Moon” cast and to see an exclusive clip from the film, check out MTV’s “Ulalume: Howling at New Moon” tonight at 9 p.m. ET — and check MTV.com at 10 p.m. to see the clip exclusively online!

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