Spotlight On: RACHELLE LEFEVRE
Next in: TWILIGHT coming out November 21st 2008.
Her Character: Victoria, James (Cam Gigandet)’ mate who assists him in finding Bella.
Why we like her: She has tremendous acting experience but has never had an opportunity to make it shine like we know she can. She has the uncanny ability to portray strength and vulnerability at the same time. We hope to see more of her in the near future.
Lefèvre was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of her father, an English teacher, and her mother, a psychologist. She speaks both English and French. She studied creative arts at Dawson College, studied theater for two summers at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and began a degree in education and literature at McGill University. While working as a waitress at a sushi restaurant in Montreal, a regular customer helped her get an audition for the television sitcom Student Bodies. She didn’t land the part but got a call back from the casting director, leading to a role in the Canadian television series Big Wolf on Campus in 1999, playing Stacey Hanson.
Lefèvre appeared in the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, directed by George Clooney, in 2002, and had a role in the romantic comedy Hatley High in 2003. In 2004, Lefèvre moved to West Hollywood, California and appeared in the films Noel, directed by Chazz Palminteri and starring Penelope Cruz, and Head in the Clouds, also starring Cruz and Charlize Theron. In April 2004, Lefèvre filmed the mystery-thriller The River King in Halifax, opposite Edward Burns.
Lefèvre has appeared in numerous television series, including: Life on a Stick, playing Lily Ashton on the short-lived television show, Charmed, playing Olivia Callaway on the episode “Love’s a Witch”, and on the fifth season of Undressed, playing Annie Isles. Lefèvre was cast as Annie Cartwright, the female lead in Life on Mars, a David E. Kelley remake of the original British TV series. She shot a pilot episode, but as of June 2008, the role was being recast.
Lefèvre plays the renegade vampire Victoria in the upcoming film Twilight (2008), based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film was shot mostly in and around Portland, Oregon. Lefèvre described the essence of her character as “pure evil, pure instinct, pure malice, and very feline”. She watched lion attacks on YouTube, and as filming approached, acted like a cat for an hour a day to establish the physical part of her character in her body.
Read all our Twilight coverage here and check out more pictures and videos of Rachelle Lefevre below.