Bryce Dallas Howard Based Her Performance as ‘Victoria’ on Rachelle LeFevre’s Portrayal of the Vampire
MTV’s Larry Carroll has a new interview with Victoria replacement Bryce Dallas Howard. In the interview they discuss the character Victoria, and how Bryce aimed to stay true to Rachelle LeFevre’s Victoria -
MTV: It’s no secret that you entered the franchise under less-than-ideal circumstances. What kinds of things did the other actors say and do in those early days?
Bryce Dallas Howard: What’s so great about that group of people is that they feel so genuinely blessed by this experience. Just by the response of the fans. But they’ve remained so grounded, and their friendships are genuine. I just felt really, really fortunate to get to meet all these wonderful people.
MTV: Tell us about your take on Victoria, as opposed to Rachelle’s. What will be different? What will stay the same?
Howard: Victoria is a wonderful character. … It’s awfully juicy to play a villain. To play someone that’s just evil; Victoria is evil. And I think with “Eclipse,” it ends with quite a huge battle, a big spectacle, and it’s very scary. It’s a very, very scary book and very terrifying set of circumstances, and I think the Cullens are in jeopardy in a way that they never really have been before. It was a really, really exciting world to be a part of, because it was so scary and the stakes were so high.
MTV: Would you say you studied Rachelle’s performance, to factor it into your own?
Howard: Well, I have seen “Twilight” innumerable times, innumerable. And yes, of course, I saw “New Moon” before doing “Eclipse,” because the continuity of the character is critical, and Rachelle had done a really exquisite job creating Victoria. It was really important to base all of my work on that. She set a very high bar, and I wanted to reach for that.
MTV: In your mind, what were the critical elements of Victoria that needed to be maintained from the book to the script to Rachelle to yourself?
Howard: Well, the visual continuity of the character Victoria is really important, because such a distinctive character had been created, one that the fans and audience really connected to. She’s described perfectly in the book. And that’s really important to everybody, that there’s an authenticity to bringing these characters to life that’s not really an interpretation, just a true representation of what’s been written on the page.
I will say one thing about Bryce: She is very cautious in her interviews. It sucks that Rachelle was replaced (everyone knows how I feel about that) BUT t the replacement was going to happen (as Summit wanted this), so lets be happy that it IS someone who is decent. She seems friendly, caring, and pretty down-to-Earth. I really want to give her a chance.
You can check out the rest of the interview over at MTV.com!