It was a case of good news-bad news when Justine Wachsberger got a call several months back from the Twilight series’ casting director.
Interviewed on Vamp Radio, the French-American actress, who plays Gianna in the hit flick’s sequel, New Moon, reveals that she read for another part when called in earlier this year – before discovering that a more exotic creature would embody that character.
“I initially auditioned for the role of Heidi, not Gianna. So it was funny because I start reading – I read the tabloids sometimes, Us Weekly and everything – and I saw that the part of Heidi was sup- posedly cast,” Justine tells host Gina Jasinski.
“So, I was like, for sure I’m not making the cut. I was kind of depressed.
“But a couple of weeks later I got this call and they were like, ‘Oh, you’ve just been cast as Gianna.’ So obviously I was really excited, because Gianna is such an interesting character.”
In New Moon, Gianna is a human, while Heidi is a vampire (or, as they’re known in the Twilight series, Volturi), who brings humans to her fellow bloodsuckers to eat.
The role of Heidi went to Canadian fashion model Noot Seear, who’s been featured in the ad campaigns of such leading designers as Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
Justine, who tells us that BlogTalkRadio marks her first-ever media interview, also draws parallels be- tween her character’s life and her own.
“We’re both from European upbringings. She lives in Italy. I lived in France my whole life. She has so much duality within her persona. And I feel I have that, hav- ing been raised between Los Angeles and Paris.
“But, obviously, I don’t want to become a vampire – in this life, at least.”
The Twilight Saga: New Moon opens November 20.
To hear Justine’s full interview, click here.