“For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, ‘It might have been’.” Apparently things “might have been” quite a bit different in The Twilight Saga franchise had Michelle Trachtenberg, who was being considered for the Bella role in the Twilight films, been cast instead of Kristen Stewart. What happened?
According to Trachtenberg, who spilled the beans recently to Us Weekly, “…schedules never worked out.“. In addition, she added, “I already have Buffy. I’ve already done the vampire thing.”
Trachtenberg has known Catherine Hardwicke (who directed the first Twilight installment) since the movie Thirteen, in which she was supposed to star, but her “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” role conflicted timing-wise. No doubt that relationship entered into her consideration for the role. “There was definitely interest here and there because there’s only so few pale girls in Hollywood,” she explained.
It’s fun to speculate as she would have made an interesting Bella for sure, but Trachtenberg herself seems to take it all in stride. “[Hypothetical answers mean] you’re not living in the moment and you’re looking negatively at what you’re doing now,” she mused. Wise words, indeed!
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