Toni Trucks Talks ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’

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Toni Trucks Talks ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’
By Wilson Morales

November 15, 2012

Coming out this week is the final installment of the ‘Twilight’ franchise, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,’ which stars a bevy of talent (Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Rami Malek, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy, Tracey Heggins, Judi Shekoni, Omar Metwally, Andrea Gabriel, Rami Malek, Angela Sarafyan, Marlane Barnes, Lisa Howard, Patrick Brennan, Noel Fisher, Guri Weinberg, Lee Pace, Toni Trucks, Bill Tangradi, Erik Odom, Valorie Curry, Joe Anderson, Olga Fonda, Janelle Froehlich, Masami Kosaka, Sebastiao Lemos, Amadou Ly, Ty Olsson, Wendell Pierce, and Carolina Virguez).

In this conclusion, the Cullen family including the newly formed vampire Bella (Stewart) have to reach out to other vampire families to help fend fight the Volturi clan once word reaches them that Edward and Bella’s daughter Renesmee may be dangerous to their entire existence.

Playing the role of Mary, the American Nomad who helps the Cullens, is the lovely Toni Trucks.

The Michigan native was seen earlier this year opposite Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan in the romantic comedy ‘Ruby Sparks,’ and also appeared in the now-cancelled CBS series ‘Made in Jersey.’

Blackfilm.com recently caught up with Trucks as she spoke about her character and working on a big franchise.

How would you describe Mary?

Toni Trucks: Mary is one of the American Nomadic Vampires that the Cullen’s call upon when they are assembling their strongest friends to protect the new baby. She prefers to go through life alone as opposed to with a coven and has a great distaste for the human world. That all being said, She sticks to her word and in terms of strength, is a good friend to have on your side.

How did you get involved with the film?

TT: I auditioned for the film through my agent. As Mary is the silent type, I was given a scene from the Amazon coven to use for my audition.

Had you read the books prior to the film and had you seen any of the previous films?

TT: I had seen all of the films but did not read the books until I was cast in Breaking Dawn 2.

How was the chemistry on set?

TT: We all had great chemistry on set. We shot in Baton Rouge for three months and then spent time in Vancouver, BC. It was a lot of fun. We called it “Vamp Camp.”

What was the feeling like at the premiere?

TT: The Breaking Dawn 2 premiere in Los Angeles was held at the Nokia Theatre Downtown. It was a wonderfully overwhelming experience. The Black carpet and press line was epic. If i had to guess I would have thought I was on the carpet for an hour. I learned later that I was in fact on the carpet for 2 hours and 15 minutes. We had over 2,000 fans camped out at what was called “Tent City” a week before the premiere. It was an amazing display! Watching Breaking Dawn 2 with the cast and a great number of those fans was thrilling. They are so invested and protective of the story and its characters. You can’t ask for a better audience.

On the big film like, what did you learn from it?

TT: I think I was able to learn intimately of the enormous true, pure, and intense love that a fan can posses. The Twilight fan base has taught me so much during this process and welcomed me with warm open arms. Although the Saga is ending, I’m happy that I will be able to take them with me on my next adventures.

After appearing in numerous TV series, are you ready to make more films?

TT: I don’t limit myself to one genre. I have been very fortunate to work across the line when it comes to TV and film. I would love to continue to work in all avenues; theatre included which is where i got my training and start. They are all uniquely challenging and gratifying in their own way.

What’s your role in Made in Jersey?

TT: I played Cyndi the secretary and best friend to the lead of the show Martina played by Janet Montgomery. Sadly our show was cancelled. CBS will however be airing our final 6 episodes on Saturday nights starting November 24th.

What’s next for you?

TT: Next up I am going to do some work ‘Do No Harm,’ a new NBC series premiering next year. It stars Steve Pasquale and the incomparable Phylicia Rashad.

What’s a good reason to see Breaking Dawn P2 for non-Twihards?

TT: Breaking Dawn 2 will be a great film for Twi-hards and non-Twihards a like. The film is directed by the Academy Award winning director Bill Condon who wrote ‘Chicago’ and directed ‘Dreamgirls.’ Bill is a master story teller and this film will satisfy even if it is your first Twilight Saga experience.


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