The fans, the stars…and the cold! Let me give you an inside look at how it actually felt to be at ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part One’ premiere in Los Angeles Nov. 14…
The suspense had been building up for weeks for the Breaking Dawn premiere, yet the actual date hit me really fast. Suddenly, I was dressed in a black lace dress and lots of eyeliner, en route to downtown Los Angeles for my third Twilight premiere in two years. You’d think it’d be like old hat by this point, but every time I get the jitters.
In retrospect, everything went swimmingly, but prior to the event starting, it was anyone’s guess. At first, I was nervous because the media check in was overwhelming and disorganized. Judging from everyone’s energy, you’d think we were Twi-hards, not professionals covering the premiere for outlets. After about an hour wait, everyone shuffled onto the black carpet, got our wristbands and started chatting with the fans who’d been waiting days for this very moment.
Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Twi-hards and Twi-moms who have dedicated their extracurricular lives to the Twilight franchise and I look forward to seeing them at every premiere and convention — and yesterday was no exception. Our favorite Twi-mom, Ruby, was actually standing in a spot directly across from me on the red carpet! That’s one thing I love about Twilight — the sense of community. It’s amazing to be there with people who appreciate the series so much, they’ll camp out at the theater for five days. You can’t get that energy anywhere else.
At this point, the carpet was supposed to officially begin, but in actuality, all the press was just standing in their spots, staring anxiously at the fans who were all waiting anxiously for celebs to start arriving. Good times.
It was freezing. However, those of us on camera couldn’t put on jackets, so we huddled together for body heat. Glamorous, right? Lots of the new cast members from Breaking Dawn — Part Two started walking the carpet. I accidentally joked with one of the new girls, “So tonight’s not really your night, right?” Immediately, I kicked myself. What the heck kind of thing was that to say??
The premiere was supposed to be over at 7 p.m., yet we still hadn’t actually talked to any of the top 10 players in the films. Not only that, they had only barely arrived. Where were they??
6:25 p.m. ish
When Rob and Kristen arrived, the roar was deafening. Everyone started screaming so loud, most of the interviews came to a stand still for a second. Everyone — the press, the stars and the fans — all had their heads turned to the big screen to see the stars of the hour. Even those of us who aren’t mega fans couldn’t help but get excited…the energy shifted and we got our second winds.
The film was originally scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., but it became apparent that wasn’t going to happen. However, the carpet had all but cleared out by this point, because all the other stars were in their seats. At this point, everyone was just praying to see one of the big three…but we still had barely seen a shot of Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed or any of the other leads.
At long last, Rob, Kristen and Taylor were making their way around the bend to the second side of press!! Girls started crying. Posters were being waved and desperate press was trying to do anything to get a shot of them. Rob was the first to go down the line and do press. His handlers put him in spot after spot and he jovially answered questions as fast as he could. It was like quick fire. Meanwhile, the fans behind him were screaming so loud it was hard to hear what he had to say. I didn’t get a question with him, but I did bask in his presence for a hot few seconds.
Kristen was up next. Throughout the years, Kristen has become much more comfortable in her own skin and it’s really apparent when she’s interviewing now. She’ll look you straight in the eye, think about an answer and genuinely respond. It’s refreshing. By the time she got to me, she’d changed into her Nike swoosh sneakers and was trying to hide the fact she was freezing.
Taylor was the last of the big three to do interviews and he’s a pro at it. I honestly think he’d make a better politician than actor. He jokes around, smiles and makes every person feel like he/she matters. Fans and press…Taylor knows how to make people smile. He’s so charismatic!
At long last, the stars were in the theater; the fans had cleared out of the holding areas and my phone was officially dead. Freezing, tired and satisfied after the longest red carpet ever (the Oscars aren’t even that long!), I happily met up with my co-workers and headed home to post my stories. While part of me is thrilled there’s only one more of these Twilight premieres left, the other half of me is disappointed I have to wait for it for a whole year!
What did you think of the premiere? Are you excited for the film to hit theaters Friday?
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