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Rachelle Lefevre

Lefevre in January 2009
Born Rachelle Marie Lefevre
February 1, 1979 (1979-02-01) (age 31)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Other name(s) Rachelle LeFebvre
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Rachelle Lefevre (born Rachelle Marie Lefevre on February 1, 1979) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her role as Victoria in the 2008 film Twilight, and its sequel 2009 film New Moon, based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer.

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Early life

Lefevre (pronounced /ləˈfɛv/) was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her father is an English teacher, and her mother, a psychologist.[1] She has three sisters and speaks both English and French;[2] while her father's family is originally from France, Lefevre grew up mostly speaking English.[3] Lefevre attended Centennial Academy, a private high school, and later studied creative arts at Dawson College.[4] She studied theater for two summers at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts, and began a degree in education and literature at McGill University.[5]

Career

Early acting career

While working as a waitress at a sushi bar in Westmount, a regular customer, a Canadian television producer, overheard Lefevre telling the hostess that she wanted to be an actress.[6] The producer got Lefevre her first audition, for a role in the sitcom Student Bodies. She didn't yet have a head shot, so submitted a Polaroid picture.[7] She didn't land the part but got a call back from the casting director, leading to a role in the Canadian TV series Big Wolf on Campus in 1999, playing Stacey Hanson.[5] Lefevre finished her degree at McGill, attending semesters between shoots.[8]

Lefevre appeared in the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, directed by George Clooney, in 2002. She appeared in the television movies Picking Up and Dropping Off with Scott Wolf, and See Jane Date, and had a role in the romantic comedy Hatley High in 2003. In 2004, she played Etta Place in the Calgary-filmed TV movie The Legend of Butch and Sundance. Lefevre moved to West Hollywood, California that year and appeared in the films Noel, directed by Chazz Palminteri and starring Penélope Cruz, and Head in the Clouds, also starring Cruz and Charlize Theron. In April 2004, Lefevre filmed the mystery-thriller The River King in Halifax, opposite Edward Burns.[5]

Lefevre starred on the Fox sitcom Life on a Stick in 2005, playing Lily Ashton, a mall fast-food restaurant employee, and then appeared on the Fox series Pool Guys. She has guest starred on numerous other television series, including: Charmed, playing Olivia Callaway on the episode "Love's a Witch", playing Annie Isles on the fifth season of Undressed, and appearing on the short-lived ABC series What About Brian for eleven episodes. Lefevre was cast as Annie Cartwright, the female lead in ABC's Life on Mars, a David E. Kelley remake of the original British TV series. She shot a pilot episode, but was replaced by Gretchen Mol when the series was revamped.[9]

Twilight

Lefevre played the renegade vampire Victoria in the 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.[10] Lefevre wrote an impassioned letter to the director, explaining her desire to work with the filmmaker.[11] Lefevre described the essence of her character as "pure evil, pure instinct, pure malice, and very feline".[12] After reading that the author used the word "feline" to describe her character's agility, Lefevre watched lion attacks on YouTube to separate the movements of her character from those of normal people.[13] She also took trapeze classes in preparation for the wire work in the film.[11] Lefevre spent hours working on the costumes for her character, and described herself as "obsessed" with vampires after reading Bram Stoker's Dracula at the age of 14.[14]

Lefevre was at times overwhelmed by the scrutiny she received from her involvement with Twilight. She participated in a promotional tour in November 2008, where she met and signed autographs for Twilight fans at Hot Topic stores in the U.S..[15] "It's the closest I will ever come in my life to being a rock star," she told The Canadian Press, describing an appearance on MuchMusic, where over 1,500 fans showed up in Toronto.[16] Over 2,500 fans showed up at a Wal-Mart in Salt Lake City, where Lefevre appeared to promote the DVD release of the film.[17] Overall though, Lefevre describes herself as delighted by the attention and excitement of the fans.[16] She appeared in New Moon, the film's sequel, based on Meyer's second novel,[11] which she completed shooting in Vancouver in May 2009.

Lefevre will not reprise her role of Victoria in Eclipse, the third film of the Twilight series, but was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard. Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the films, attributed the change to scheduling conflicts; Eclipse and Barney's Version, an independent Canadian feature Lefevre had signed on to, both began filming on 17 August 2009.[18] Lefevre responded that she was "stunned" by the decision and "greatly saddened" not to continue her portrayal of Victoria, and never thought she would "lose the role over a 10 day overlap", in a statement to Access Hollywood.[19] The studio responded in a counter-statement, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story."[20] Lefevre had appeared at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con to promote New Moon the weekend before she was replaced.[21]

Enthusiastic fans of the series reacted to the news of Lefevre's replacement with online petitions urging her return, and "Bring Back Rachelle" became a top-trending topic on Twitter in the afternoon of 29 July 2009.[20] Lefevre told Extra that she was "absolutely blown away" by support from fans, who also made her a tribute video on YouTube.[22] Lefevre did not attend the Los Angeles premiere of New Moon, tweeting that the event "was just 2 emotional 4 me & I couldn't manage it." (sic)[23]

Since 2009

In 2009, Lefevre appeared in the CBC television miniseries The Summit, filmed in Ontario, and completed the film Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey.[24] In Casino Jack, Lefevre plays Emily Miller, a former press secretary for U.S. congressman Tom DeLay, who helped convict lobbyist Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey) in a political scandal involving Native American tribes.[6]

Lefevre will also appear in Barney's Version, a film adaptation of the award-winning Canadian novel by Mordecai Richler. Lefevre plays Clara, a manic depressive feminist poet who becomes the first wife of protagonist Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti). Lefevre filmed her scenes in Rome in August 2009. The production continued on location in Montreal and New York.[25] Lefevre was shooting the suspense film The Caller in Puerto Rico in November 2009, along with actor Stephen Moyer.[26] She replaced the late Brittany Murphy, who had exited the project.[27]

Lefevre appeared in the pilot episode of the ABC television drama The Deep End on 21 January 2010.[28] She will also star in the period piece VK, with Adrien Brody and Isabelle Adjani. The film will tell the story of Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen, a Hungarian inventor who built The Turk, a chess playing machine, in the late 18th century. Directed by Pierre Gill, Lefevre will play Annette, the wife of the Baron (played by Brody).[29]

Personal life and charity work

Lefevre lives in Los Angeles, California. As of June 2009, she was dating Jamie King, an actor from the Showtime television series The Tudors.[24] Lefevre donates US$100 to Susan G. Komen for The Cure, a breast cancer charity, for every 10,000 people who follow her on Twitter. She also launched an eBay auction for the charity School On Wheels in August 2009, which provides tutoring to homeless children in Southern California. Lefevre sold t-shirts and other merchandise signed by her fellow cast members from Twilight.[30] She is also an active supporter of Best Friends Animal Society, appearing in a public service announcement on behalf of the organization in November 2009, urging the public to adopt their next pet.[31]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2000 Stardom Catherine
2001 Life in Balance Kristy Carswell
Dead Awake Randi Baum
2002 Abandon Eager Beaver
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Tuvia, Age 25
2003 Deception Denise Straight-to-DVD
Hatley High Hyacinthe Marquez
2004 The Big Thing Sarah
Head in the Clouds Alice
Noel Holly
2005 The River King Carlin Leander
Pure Julie
2007 Suffering Man's Charity Elaine
Fugitive Pieces Naomi
2008 Prom Wars Sabina
Twilight Victoria
2009 The Pool Boys Laura Completed
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Victoria
2010 Casino Jack Emily Post-production
Barney's Version Clara Post-production
The Caller Mary Kee Filming
2011 VK In-Development
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Big Wolf on Campus Stacey Hanson 22 episodes
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Katrina Van Tassel TV film
2000 The Hunger Smallpox Woman 1 episode
2002 Bliss Marine 1 episode
Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension Tyreena 1 episode
Undressed Annie Isles 6 episodes
2003 Largo Winch Catarina 1 episode
See Jane Date Eloise TV film
Charmed Olivia Callaway 1 episode
Picking Up & Dropping Off Georgia TV film
2004 Petits mythes urbains Receptionist #1 1 episode
The Legend of Butch & Sundance Etta Place TV film
2005 Pool Guys Alana TV film
Life on a Stick Lily 13 episodes
Bones Amy Morton 1 episode
2006 Veronica Mars Marjorie 1 episode
The Class Sue 2 episodes
Four Kings Lauren 2 episodes
What About Brian Heather 11 episodes
2007 How I Met Your Mother Sarah 1 episode
The Closer Michelle Morgan 1 episode
CSI: NY Devon Maxford 1 episode
2008 Boston Legal Dana Strickland 3 episodes
Life on Mars Annie Cartwright Unaired pilot
Swingtown Melinda 5 episodes
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kumari 1 episode
Eli Stone Candance Bonneville 1 episode
The Summit Leonie Adderly 2 episodes
2009 Do You Know Me Elsa Carter/Sophie Marsaretti TV film
Better Off Ted Rebecca 1 episode
2010 The Deep End Katie Campbell 2 episodes

References

  1. ^ Castillo, Sara (12 August 2008). "Love Totally Bites! We Talk with 'Twilight's' Edward and Victoria!". FEARnet. Retrieved on 14 August 2008.
  2. ^ Handley, Cassandra (1 November 2008). "Q&A: Twilight’s Rachelle Lefevre". Vanity Fair. Retrieved on 15 November 2008.
  3. ^ Kelly, Brendan (20 April 2008). "Montreal-born actress Rachelle Lefevre taking a bite out of Hollywood". Canwest News Service. Retrieved on 1 April 2009.
  4. ^ Miller, Andrea (25 November 2008). "Twilight Q&A Part Two: Fiery Canuck takes a bite out of vampire franchise". Cineplex Entertainment. Retrieved on 7 January 2009.
  5. ^ a b c "Canada's hottest up-and-coming directors, actors and writers". Playback. 5 July 2004. Retrieved on 23 August 2009.
  6. ^ a b Malcom, Shawna (29 October 2009). "'Twilight' boosts Rachelle Lefevre's career". Variety. Retrieved on 5 November 2009.
  7. ^ Merrin, Tara (19 March 2005). "Sticking up for success". Calgary Sun. Retrieved on 1 April 2009.
  8. ^ Williamson, Kevin (22 November 2008). "'Twilight' star enjoys villainous role". Jam!. Retrieved on 23 November 2008.
  9. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (23 June 2008). "Spoiler Chat: Heroes, Daisies, Gossip and More". E! Online. Retrieved on 28 June 2008.
  10. ^ Thompson, Bob (23 May 2008). "A blood-sucking breakthrough". National Post. Retrieved on 26 May 2008.
  11. ^ a b c Thompson, Bob (26 November 2008). "Bob Thompson: Rachelle Lefevre's Victoria will reign in Twilight sequels". National Post. Retrieved on 1 December 2008.
  12. ^ Chen, David (26 July 2008). "Twilight's Rachael Lefevre Describes Method Acting, Pretended To Be a Cat To Prepare for Role". Slashfilm.com. Retrieved on 26 July 2008.
  13. ^ Legel, Laremy (13 November 2008). "Taylor Lautner, Rachelle Lefevre, and Edi Gathegi on Twilight". Film.com. Retrieved on 15 November 2008.
  14. ^ "TWILIGHT's Rachelle Lefevre goes shopping with MySpace Celebrity". MySpace Celebrity. 14 November 2008. Retrieved on 15 November 2008.
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  17. ^ Magiera, Marcy (30 March 2009). "Twilight year's best-selling DVD so far". Video Business. Retrieved on 31 March 2009.
  18. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (29 July 2009). "Howard to replace Lefevre in 3rd "Twilight" film". Reuters. Retrieved on 29 July 2009.
  19. ^ "Rachelle Lefevre ‘Stunned’ Over ‘Eclipse’ Recasting". 29 July 2009. Access Hollywood. Retrieved on 29 July 2009.
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  21. ^ "Canada's top stars at Comic-Con with Ryan's love Scarlett showing off svelte shape". 27 July 2009. Hellomagazine.ca. Retrieved on 29 July 2009.
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  23. ^ Collins, Leah (17 November 2009). "Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart were there, but jilted Rachelle Lefevre kisses off New Moon gala". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved on 20 November 2009.
  24. ^ a b Ahearn, Victoria (18 June 2009). ""Twilight" star Rachelle Lefevre juggling several projects in Canada". The Canadian Press. Retrieved on 5 July 2009.
  25. ^ "Barney's Version film gets rolling in Rome". 20 August 2009. CBC News. Retrieved on 23 August 2009.
  26. ^ Brugueras, Melba (25 November 2009). "Ardientes escenas de sexo en filme The Caller". Primera Hora. Retrieved on 25 November 2009.
  27. ^ Angus, Kat (1 December 2009). "Twilight New Moon actress replaces Brittany Murphy, who 'was not' fired from movie". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved on 6 December 2009.
  28. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (10 December 2009). "Next Month, You'll Find Out How ABC Managed to Make Dallas Look Like Los Angeles". Dallas Observer. Retrieved on 17 December 2009.
  29. ^ Kelly, Brendan (5 October 2009). "Adrien Brody, Twilight star Rachelle Lefevre, Isabelle Adjani coming to Montreal for big-budget film". The Gazette. Retrieved on 7 October 2009.
  30. ^ Barnes, Bronwyn & Levy, Karen (4 August 2009). "First Look: Rachelle Lefevre's ebay Charity Auction". InStyle. Retrieved on 4 August 2009.
  31. ^ "'Twilight' actress Rachelle Lefevre films PSA for Best Friends Animal Society". 1 November 2009. Los Angeles Times. ‎‎ Retrieved on 6 November 2009.

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