November 15, 2012

The Cinema Society Screens The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

"I texted my stylist, because I forgot what I'm wearing," Elizabeth Reaser told us on the red carpet at last night's New York premiere of the final installation in the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn — Part 2, hosted by The Cinema Society, The Hollywood Reporter, and Samsung Galaxy. "I'm such an ass!"

Reaser, who plays Edward Cullen's mother Esme in the Twilight films, is not an ass; we found her perfectly lovely. We've seen a lot of her this year, between Twilight and her roles in Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts and the Broadway play How I Learned to Drive. Still, this part stands out. "I've been playing this role of Esme for so long now that she's sort of in me," Reaser said.

Given her action background, actress Jaimie Alexander (Thor) might have watched the film a little differently from the rest of the audience: "I think a lot of times I can tell what's CGI and what's not, what's a stunt double and what's not," she explained. "Just because that's so much of my life."

Alexander isn't in the Twilight films, but you wouldn't have known it from looking at her last night—she was wearing a fine layer of shimmering makeup on her face and arms that made her skin sparkle as much as any of the Twilight vampires'.  "Actually, the lady who did my makeup this evening, Pam, she's a huge Twi-hard," Alexander said. "So I think she may have done this without me realizing."

Another notable beauty choice came from actress Casey LaBow, who plays Kate in the film and whose blonde hair was ombre-dipped in hot pink—a nice complement to her 1930s vintage lace gown. "Heaven," she said, after being asked if she knew anything about its provenance. "It came from heaven."

We were curious: Did shooting Twilight make LaBow more or less susceptible to believing in the supernatural? "I have always been into this shit," she told us matter-of-factly. In fact... "When we were shooting in Baton Rouge, half the hotel was haunted, and there were certain cast members who had to move rooms because they were getting freaked out in the middle of the night."

After the screening—which elicited whoops and applause after a twist we certainly won't reveal here—guests including Dakota Fanning, Michelle Dockery, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Jason Wu, Olivier Theyskens, and Nicky Hilton decamped to the brand-new Bowery club Finale for Grey Goose cocktails and conversation. And though the party went late, it was well over by the time dawn finally broke. —Alexandria Symonds

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