The holy Trinity of "Twilight" (Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner) aren't the only "New Moon" stars heating up magazine pages this month. The sequel's second couple, Rosalie Hale and Emmett Cullen (also known as Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz), posed for some fiercely fashionable shots in Nylon, dishing to the magazine about the Saga's unexpected success, how "Twilight" has changed their lives (think: disguises!) and cast switcheroos.
"We were just making a little independent film in Portland," Nikki said of the movie that changed her life. “I don’t know what happened. We’ve lived this entire year in shock.” But along with the Saga's staggering success has come constant fan and paparazzi attention, something Kellan goes to great lengths to avoid.
“I used to love going to local high school football games near my house,” he told the mag. “And I can’t really go there anymore, without being wise.” And by wise he means, in disguise! Though he wouldn't divulge his go-to get-up to Nylon (for obvious reasons) he did describe a now-failed costume. "I wanted to walk around Comic-Con this year, so I dressed kinda homeless. But someone recognized me and posted it online. I was like, ‘Thanks. Now I can’t wear that again.’”
Another consequence of the franchise' popularity were some tough casting choices, including whether to keep Taylor in his break-out role as Bella's bud Jacob Black. Both Nikki and Kellan couldn't help but gush about the transformation the 17-year-old underwent to secure the role.
“He devoted himself to that transformation for a year,” Nikki recalled. “But it’s not even about how he looks—although he is gorgeous and sexy and shirtless for most of the film. He’s just so, so good as Jacob. And he can handle the pressure." Kellan couldn't agree more: “There was a concern about Taylor, as Jacob is bigger and stronger in the second book. But he hit the gym and gained 30 pounds of muscle. He looks amazing.” Coming from beefy Kellan, that's quite the compliment indeed.
One actress producers did decide to replace was Rachelle Lefevre, who plays vamp Victoria (and who can be seen in Niche Media's Gotham magazine this month). In a move deemed controversial by many Twilighters, Bryce Dallas Howard was cast in the part for the Saga's third film "Eclipse." Nikki says Bryce is flourishing in her new role. “Bryce is handling it like a champion,” she said. “She’s beautiful, talented, and a wonderful addition.”
What do you think about Nikki and Kellan's spread in Nylon?