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'Twilight' star enjoys villainous role
By -- Sun Media


Rachelle Lefevre plays villainous vampiress Victoria in the new Twilight film.

LOS ANGELES -- For Montreal's Rachelle Lefevre, Twilight is just the appetizer.

The buffet deluxe comes in the sequel New Moon with her vindictive vampire Victoria seeking revenge on star-crossed sex-abstainers Bella Swan and Edward Cullen.

Not that the vivacious red head knew any of this before she auditioned for the gig. Remarkably, she didn't even know what the 'tween-and-teen-driven Twilight was all about.

"A lot of my girlfriends were like, 'Oh my God, I'm reading that.' And I hadn't read it until I got the audition," Lefevre, 29, says. "They knew everything. They were like, 'You have this cool fight scene coming up (in the sequel).' So that caught me off-guard. But that's always what you want to hear. 'I'm in two? I'm in three? Whew.' "

So while she waits for cameras to roll on the follow-up -- right after the executives at Summit Entertainment finish lighting cigars with $100 bills -- she continues to discover there are no small roles in Twilight, just shrieking fans.

"It's as close as I'll ever get to being a rock star," she says, referring to the mania at last summer's Comic-Con movies and pop culture convention in San Diego. There, 7,000 screaming 'tweens and teens converged to greet the cast. Since then, the frenzy has only intensified -- so much so that Lefevre is as likely to be recognized on the street or at a cafe by devotees of Stephenie Meyer's novels, just as leads Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are.

"It's extraordinary," Lefevre says. "First of all, it's brand new and can be terrifying because you have so many people you don't want to disappoint because they're so passionate. So you just have got to remember to breathe and say, 'Okay.' "

Born and raised in Montreal, Lefevre began acting less than a decade ago on the Canadian TV series Big Wolf On Campus. Other minor film and television roles followed on such shows as Bones and Veronica Mars. Just this month she popped up as a dominatrix/lawyer on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In other words, nothing has come close to Twilight-mania. Not so long ago, Lefevre had accepted the fact it probably never would.

"When I started out in this industry I thought there was somewhere to get to -- there's some sort of defined level of success -- and once I get there, I'll know I arrived. It's funny because the minute I stopped thinking 'I want to get there,' I got Twilight. So the minute I let go, this other great experience was offered to me."

Lefevre remains a relative newcomer to Hollywood, having only moved there four years ago. What has been the biggest culture shock for her?

"Living in Montreal, I used to just walk and wherever I went, I would run into someone I knew or I could stop at a shop or go to a movie. I didn't need to have somewhere to go. In L.A., you do, because everybody drives. So when I got here, I didn't know anybody or have anywhere to go, so I had to learn to be alone. I would go to dinner by myself. One of the things I still like to do is go to dinner alone. I can be spotted all over town looking like I got stood up."

When not appearing dateless or working, Lefevre volunteers with L.A. charities that tutor homeless children. The desire to give back, she says, was instilled by her father, who taught high school for 32 years.

No wonder, then, that even well into her acting career, she never dropped out of McGill University.

"I actually did alternative semesters between shooting. When I was still at McGill, I would wrap shooting for the day and go back to my hotel to write term papers and Fed-Ex them back to my teachers."

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