SANTA CLARITA, California — While there were midnight parties for the “New Moon” DVD and Blu-ray release taking place across the country Friday night, only those living in the Los Angeles area were treated to the company of both the director and a main star. Director Chris Weitz and actress Nikki Reed traveled to the Wal-Mart in Santa Clarita to celebrate the release.
“I like to go to Wal-Mart to hold press conferences just at odd moments, so this is not my first time,” Weitz joked when he spoke with MTV News at the event. “But usually people don’t show up with cameras. I’m just talking to an imaginary microphone.”
Reed answered a bit more sincerely, saying, “It’s amazing. It’s fun, you know? … It always feels very undeserved, I guess, when you show up at a place like this and there’s 400 people standing outside.”
Even after spending three years on the “Twilight Saga” films, she said never gets used to the incredible reaction of the fans. Reed plays a member of the Cullen brood of vampires, Rosalie Hale, and is the “sister” to Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen. Despite her high-ranking status in the list of fan-favorite actors from the series, Reed said she still never expects the type of turnout there was just for her Friday night.
“I always want to go out and go, ’You know that I’m not Rob. It’s just me here. It’s me and Chris,’ ” she said with a laugh. “[Yet the fans] still come around.”
Reed did acknowledge that the fans are the driving force behind the series and are responsible for the “Twilight” films’ vast success. “They just love the movies,” she said, “and it’s great to be a part of it.”
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