Angela Sarafyan came onto the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” set last November and was warmly welcomed by the director as well as her castmates. When MTV News recently spoke to Sarafyan, who plays vampire Tia of the Egyptian coven, she gushed about her experience on the movie set.
“I went on-set and met Bill Condon and he is truly such a great, great person,” she said. “I’m honestly humbled by the fact that he is kind and generous and, with the enormity of this film, has been so graceful about giving every actor their time. He immediately put me on a great starting point. We were all in this incredible Egyptian casbah in Baton Rouge [back in November] and it was quite magnificent. It was quite easy. It’s not as pressure-filled as you’d think. It felt like an independent project where everyone’s having a nice time, no one’s pressured. It’s been that way almost every day that we’ve worked on this.”
Three movies into the franchise already, the crew is currently in the midst of filming the final two films, “Breaking Dawn” parts one and two, and the “Twilight” newbie says that things are so relaxed on the set that she doesn’t feel like a rookie castmate.
“I was telling my mom, and I say these kids, they’re [probably] people who are not very nice and they’re stuck up … and they’re the complete opposite. They’re very kind and sweet and normal and awesome,” she explained. “I don’t think I could find anything bad to say about a single person on the set. They’re quite humble and normal people. It was a delight to come into that.
“About being the new kid on the set, there’s so many of us, we’ve all become a family ultimately,” she added. “It’s been quite easy.”
Sarafyan even got to help create a bit of backstory in order to play Tia. “I always envisioned Tia like Cleopatra and Benjamin like Marc Anthony, so even though they’re the younger vampires, they’re very strong-willed and rebels. We have this entire history of how they were 4 and they met and they fell in love and at 16 they turned into vampires,” she explained. “It’s something along those lines. And it’s funny, I spoke to Stephenie Meyer and she has a similar idea of what we created.”
Now Sarafyan and the rest of the cast are “actually in the middle of it all. We’re midway through and we’re not necessarily shooting as the script goes.” And as Robert Pattinson recently revealed, the big fight scene is currently being shot.
“We’re shooting it on green screen, so it’s really quite unpredictable because we don’t know what we’re going to be doing day to day. Every character is pretty much in it except Ashley Greene’s character and Jackson [Rathbone’s] character. Were spending 14 hours a day hanging out with each other and it’s been really exciting because at the end of the day, we don’t know what it’s going to look like,” Sarafyan said. “It’s almost half the script, so it’s taking a while to shoot it.”
Sarafyan’s next film is “A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy,” in which she co-stars with “Saturday Night Live” players Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis.