Interview: Vampire Reed ready for limelight in 'Breaking Dawn'

Nikki Reed is well aware that “Twilight” fever won’t last forever.

The 23-year-old actress — best known for playing vampire Rosalie Hale in the “Twilight” films — has been preparing herself for what happens after the fifth and final film is released next year and the buzz surrounding the young cast inevitably quiets down. It helps keep her grounded.

“I’ve been very aware throughout this entire process,” Reed said Wednesday at the Elysian Hotel. “It hasn’t been as confusing for me as it has been for others. I can see very clearly that this is really a blessing to be a part of — it’s a wonderful thing — but it’s temporary.

“Just because you’re part of ‘Twilight’ does not mean you’re a superstar. It means that you’re given the opportunity to maybe become one later if you work hard. Once fandom goes away, which it will very soon, it’s all about having your priorities straight and working hard.”

Judging by all the fan interest and press surrounding the fourth film — "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," in theaters Nov. 18 — Reed likely doesn’t have to worry about fans going away in the near future. And if anything, she could see her own profile rise because of her character’s more prominent role in the last two films.

“Breaking Dawn — Part 1” centers on the wedding between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and the unexpected pregnancy that comes soon after. Because the baby is a vampire, the pregnancy takes a toll on Bella physically and splits the Cullen family between those who want her to have the child and those who don’t.

“Rosalie plays a crucial role in Bella’s life in this film,” Reed said. “Without Rosalie, Bella would probably die. (In return,) Bella can provide Rosalie with the thing she always wanted, which is a baby. There’s a nice co-dependency there. It’s kind of interesting to see that dynamic.

“I had a great time making the last movie, ‘Eclipse.’ We shot my back-story stuff from the 1930’s. But I was waiting for ‘Breaking Dawn’ because I love the relationship Rosalie has with Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and the rest of her family and Bella. She also provides comic relief.”

Reed and co-stars Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone and Charlie Bewley appeared at the House of Blues Tuesday as part of the five-city “Twilight” cast and concert tour. Fans waited as long as 10 hours to get a front-row spot at the event, which included a Q&A with the cast members and a three song-performance by Christina Perri, whose song “A Thousand Years” appears on the movie’s soundtrack.

Die-hard fans answered difficult “Twilight” trivia questions (What year was the truck Bella drives made?) to start off the night and screamed at the mere sight of “Breaking Dawn” clips. Does Reed ever get the feeling that these dedicated fans know more about her than her own husband, former “American Idol” contestant Paul McDonald?

“They do know a lot, but there is a limit to what they know,” said Reed, who co-wrote a song with McDonald that, according to Reed, he plans to record this weekend and likely release on iTunes next week. “Paul knows a different side of me. A side of me that’s not worried about what kind of impression I’m giving, what people are thinking about when they’re looking at me or interviewing me or talking to me. Just a raw, vulnerable side of me.

“I’m sure fans have seen glimpses of that. But as much as they think they know, there’s so much they don’t. But it’s supposed to be that way.”

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