Rachelle Lefevre is the forgotten Beatle of the “Twilight” film series. She starred in the first two “Twilight” movies before Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were household names. Then, suddenly, she was out.
Lefevre, who grew up in French-speaking Quebec in Canada, resurfaces as the promotion on the last Twilight film begins, and looks as radiant as ever in Elle magazine’s Canadian issue.
Check out Rachelle’s photos; click to enlarge.
The 33-year-old actress was part of the original cast of “Twilight” in 2008 and follow-up “New Moon.” She teamed with Cam Gigandet as vampires James and Victoria.
James led a group of nomadic vampires that were out to kill Bella. James was killed instead by Edward. Victoria was forced to flee with her life and swore eternal vengeance against the Cullens.
At the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, Lefevre won the prize for “most evil” character for her “Twilight” portrayal.
Victoria kicks off the action in the last of the “Twilight” films, “Breaking Dawn, Part 2” but the role since “New Moon” has been played by Brice Dallas Howard, the daughter of Hollywood director and former child star Ron Howard.
At the time studio Summit Entertainment cited “scheduling conflicts” for the change. But Lefevre told a different story.
“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for ‘Eclipse.’ I was fully committed to the ‘Twilight’ saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria,” she said at the time.
“I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules.”
She had signed on for a 10-day shoot on another film, but it overlapped with shooting for “Eclipse,” and Rachelle was booted.
“I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the Twilight audience. This is a story, a theatrical journey and a character that I truly love and about which I am very passionate,” she said.
Rachelle was definitely dedicated to the role. After reading that author Stephenie Meyer used the word “cat” to describe her character, watched videos of lion attacks on YouTube in learn their movements.
Lefevre, who was 30 at the time, was considered the mother hen on the Twilight set because of so many young, untested actors.
“They’d all come and talk to her about everything,” a source told E! Online.
“She knew all the drama on and off set. And she is one of the easiest people there to deal with. She never complains, does whatever anyone asks, and she has a good head on her shoulders.”
She’s stunning in Elle with her flowing red hair. Check out her photos.