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November 15th, 2012
12:31 PM ET

'Twilight' star Elizabeth Reaser: ‘It’s surprisingly hard to play a vampire and feel believable’

The fifth and final installment of the "Twilight" saga, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," is expected to be another box office hit.

The first four films, based on the best selling "Twilight" books by Stephenie Meyer, grossed more than 2.5 billion dollars worldwide.

“Breaking Dawn - Part 2" tells the story of the vampire clan gathered together for a final battle to preserve their coven and protect its newest and youngest member.

This morning actress Elizabeth Reaser, who plays Esme Cullen, the matriarch of the vampire family joins Starting Point to discuss the final installment of the “Twilight” movie franchise, set to open this Friday.

Reaser, who has starred as Esme Cullen in all five of the “Twilight” films, admits that the success the vampire saga has seen is rare.

“This is a huge franchise,” says Reaser. “No one had any idea when we were making the first one. It was a tiny little independent movie we were shooting in Portland. No one cared and then one day… one night of this movie sort of changed everyone’s sort of way of moving through the world. It just became so huge"

Although “Twilight” fans across the world have described their experience with the vampire films as life changing, Reaser says for her, the lucrative films “didn’t change that much.”

Reaser adds, “I don’t wear sweatpants out as much as I would like. I would prefer to be in sweatpants most of the time.”

On the topic of what drew her to the role of Esme Cullen, Reaser says it was, “the idea of vampires that are trying to act normal, that are trying to be human.”

The Julliard School of the Arts graduate adds, “It’s surprisingly hard to play a vampire and feel believable. I mean you want to be able to at least believe yourself.”

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  1. Amir Ali

    Today is all network gone in our area is about we lost several hours in day and our business is on zero point and we are really disturbed all day..

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