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Exclusive: Justine Wachsberger Talks New Moon and Sorority Row

Justine Wachsberger Talks New Moon and Sorority RowActress Justine Wachsberger might just end up being a talent to watch in the industry. The ingénue scored roles in two of the bigger genre releases of this fall. Wachsberger will make her big screen debut in Sorority Row, which hits theaters on September 11th. Then, in November, Wachsberger will once again grace theaters worldwide with her performance in the second installment of the Twilight saga, New Moon.

I still can’t believe how everything has come together for me in such a short time,” said Wachsberger. “I always worked hard but had no idea just how lucky I’d be so early on in my career.

Wachsberger’s love for acting was born via her study of theater while attending school in France. When the actress moved back to the States, she decided to pursue a degree at USC as her back-up plan, and while there she focused on pushing forward with her acting career.

For her first role, Wachsberger joins a talented group of young actresses including Briana Evigan, Rumer Willis, and Leah Pipes in the House on Sorority Row remake — simply titled Sorority Row this time around. She found her first on-set experience to be both overwhelming and amazing.

Wachsberger explained, “Stewart (Hendler) our director was so incredible to work with. I can’t imagine working with someone else for my first film. What was so great about our cast is that we all are very similar in age so we spent a lot of time together when we weren’t shooting, and it gave me a chance to really bond, kind of like the sorority sisters we were supposed to be. I think that helped for the chemistry on camera.

Even though the girls of Sorority Row got along off-camera, Wachsberger’s character Katie in the film is actually a bit of an outcast compared to everyone else.

Katie definitely isn’t part of the popular crowd. She is sort of the comic relief in the group even though she deep down wants to fit in with everyone else,” Wachsberger added.

It was soon after she landed the part in Sorority Row that Wachsberger auditioned for the next chapter in the Twilight series, New Moon, and scored the role of Gianna, a human who works for a vampire clan called the Volturi (based in Italy). Throughout the Twilight stories, the Volturi play an essential part to the Bella/Edward story – and in a world where humans are not supposed to be aware that vampires exist, Gianna is one character that proves to be the exception.

I actually liked the books but wasn’t a crazy fan of Twilight when I got the role of Gianna,” explained Wachsberger. “I just knew though that I would be lucky to be part of such a huge franchise because I know what these stories mean to the fans.

Wachsberger added, “Gianna was a really interesting character to portray for me. She’s human and has a lot going for her but decides to work for the vampires. You don’t really know much about her motivations and that adds a lot of mystery to her, which I really loved.

In terms of future projects, Wachsberger is keeping her options open and looking at expanding her resume beyond genre films. However, the actress hints that she’d definitely love to return to the world of the Twilight vampires and may get the opportunity.

I know there’s been some talk about having the Volturi spin off into its own film separate from the Twilight series, and I think that would be really cool. I think Gianna definitely has her own story to tell,” Wachsberger said.

Look for Sorority Row and New Moon later this year.

Heather Wixson

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