Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz Talk Fashion at 'Twilight' Premiere
Photo: Patrick McMullan
Wrapping up the highly-charged final Twilight premiere circuit, the Cinema Society, The Hollywood Reporter and Samsung Galaxy hosted a screening of the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - part 2 in New York City.
Excluding the power trio of Stewart, Pattinson and Lautner, the rest of the vampire cast came out to toast the NYC finale, including Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Maggie Grace and Mackenzie Foy (the adorable daughter of Bella (Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).
We caught up with the cast before the film, talking to Greene, Lutz, Peter Facinelli and Elizabeth Reaser about everything from the Twilight family, watching yourself on the big screen, red carpet dressing and post-Twilight plans. Elizabeth Reaser is hoping for "Coffee, wine, naps," and Kellan Lutz is working on an underwear line (we can only hope he'll be starring in those campaign ads).
FashionEtc: On countless magazine covers and campaigns, you have quickly become a fashion and beauty icon, how does that make you feel?
Greene: I get asked all the time, how I used to be a model and now I'm an actress, and the fact of the matter is, I never wanted to be a model. My mom put me in classes so I could build self esteem and that was all it was about. So I never imagined in a million years that I would be in the position I'm in now. I think Twilight has certainly given me a good jumping ground because we have so many carpets and we're exposed to amazing dresses. It's a very nice feeling because I'm finally having fun with it, dressing for me and taking the risks that I want to take versus what someone else wants me to take, and being recognized for something like that is very flattering.
FashionEtc: How was it seeing yourself on the big screen this time around?
Greene: This was the least strange to watch. We wrapped about two years ago because we filmed parts 1 and 2 together. I honestly didn't know what was going to make the cut. It wasn't so close to me. Usually you watch a film and all you can think about is what you ate that morning or the experiences you had around it, so it was nice to see this film and just watch it in all.
FashionEtc: What was one of your favorite scenes in this film?
Kellan Lutz: When I arm wrestle with Kristen Stewart. She's very strong. I think Kristen had a great time playing a vampire finally. She hung up the clumsy Bella forever.
FashionEtc: What's in the pipeline for your Abott and Main line?
Kellan Lutz: We're launching the new season. Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's have been huge advocates. I've been really excited about that. It's something I can do, especially filming Twlight, they won't have Wifi for us in the mountains so designing really filled up a lot of that time. We just finished an awesome shoe collaboration that launches today.
FashionEtc: Why aren't you rocking them?
Kellan Lutz: They don't go with the suit. This is a good suit
FashionEtc: Who designs it?
Kellan Lutz: Y....something
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FashionEtc: How did you chose kate Upton to star in your campaign ads?
Kellan Lutz: Our photographer knows the industry and had a feeling she would be the next big thing.
FashionEtc: What is your plan post-Twilight?
Elizabeth Reaser: Coffee, wine, naps, a little normalcy, I need to chill out a little. I hear myself talking and I'm like 'What is she staying?' I have a stylist because if I tied to dress myself it would be a full on disaster. My go-to would be sweatpants. I just love to be comfortable.
FashionEtc: What have been the best parts of the Twilight experience?
Peter Facinelli: It's been such a fun ride for me, not just getting to know the actors, but having a relationship with the fans. They grew with us through the years and were always so passionate. You'd see them at the premieres and be like "Hey you cut your hair this year. These books and movies really brought people together and I'm proud to be a part of that. I'll miss that bond.
After 5 years, it all becomes a blur, but I remember laughing a lot. It's like going on a road trip with someone for five years. You get this feeling of love and respect for one another.
FashionEtc: You've got a great tan going. You excited to finally be able in the sun?
Peter Facinelli: For a couple years, I literally slinked out of the sun. It was weird because even when I wasn't shooting the movies and we were between movies, when the sun came out, I found myself slinking off into the shadows. I was trained to stay out of the sun, otherwise they have to cake more makeup on you, and I didn't want to look like I was going to kabuki theater.