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Can you picture Michelle Trachtenberg caught up in a whole mess of danger and vampire-related drama? Ok, if you’ve seen the later years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you probably can, but apparently, there was “interest here and there” for her to play the lead role in the Twilight movies.
Entertainment Weekly shared some interesting comments from Trachtenberg, whose more recent roles include a part on Gossip Girl as well as last season of Showtime’s Weeds. According to the actress, there was interest in her taking on the role of Bella Swan. “There was definitely interest here and there because there’s only so few pale girls in Hollywood,” she told EW.
According to EW, Trachtenberg had a connection with Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, as she was originally set to star in the 2003 film Thirteen, but it conflicted with her work on Buffy. Interestingly enough, Nikki Reed, who plays the beautiful but vain vampire Rosalie in the Twilight, was one of the young stars of Thirteen.
It’s hard to tell exactly how close Trachtenberg came to starring in Twilight. EW says Hardwicke “turned back to Trachtenberg” when it came time to cast Bella, which might mean that some kind of offer was made, or maybe it was just a consideration that never quite led to anything. As Trachtenberg put it, “I guess the schedules never worked out.”
Frankly, I’d have a much easier time picturing Trachtenberg as Rosalie or Alice than I would Bella. The whole idea of Trachtenberg as Bella seems a little too close to the recurring Dawn-in-Danger episode arcs on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, of which I was never a huge fan. Nor did I love some of Dawn's more emotional teen angsty moments (“Get out! Get out! Get out!”), so the idea of seeing her once again needing to be rescued from vampires doesn't exactly work for me. Having seen her tougher side in Weeds makes me think she'd fit better as one of the vampires. Trachtenberg with fangs could actually be great. True Blood, maybe?