Dakota Fanning was just like any other teenage girl, a big fan of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books, which carried over to being a huge fan of the first film. In The Twilight Saga: New Moon, she’s living the dream of Twi-hards everywhere by actually getting the chance to be a part of this world by playing Jane, a scary member of the Volturi, the ruling council of vampires. Fortunately for her, she’s been in the game long enough not to get starstruck.
“Especially going into this movie with a cast that already knew each other really well because they’ve already done a movie together, you’re always kind of like the new kid coming in,” Fanning said. “But they were just so nice and so welcoming, and just a really great cast so it was kind of hard to be star struck even though you’re such big fans of them and excited to meet them, but they’re just so nice and you become friends pretty quick.”
“I think the highlight of playing Jane was getting to wear that costume and to have the red contact lenses — I was really excited about that – and getting to play an evil character. It’s really scary. I think it makes anyone look automatically evil. It was really fun. You get used to them after a while. You can see pretty good, but it’s still kind of weird. It was fun to get to play a feared character, you know? Something different than what I’ve done before. She uses her power not for good, which was another thing that was kind of interesting to me.”
Fanning doesn’t seem to be all that feared in her real life, however. In fact, she’s apparently pretty popular. “I was a homecoming princess,” she revealed. “I thought it was really important to have the high school experience. It was something that I wanted. I think it’s really great to have that balance of like a completely normal life and then a completely abnormal life. I really didn’t see a reason why I wouldn’t be able to do both and I was lucky that I was able to go to a school that lets me leave and everything. I don’t know if there’s a ‘how to’ guide as to how I balance it. It just kind of has happened and I have really great friends and great family and the best of both.”