Author Appearance: Stephenie Meyer
In this information-obsessed era, much of the appeal of a cameo -- its element of surprise -- has been lost to the need to know now, before, first. And so well before the film came out -- days after the scene was shot, in fact -- news of crazy-selling author Stephenie Meyer's cameo in the adaptation of the first installment in her vampire chronicles was all over the internet. Early reports suggested that Meyer's cameo would consist of the author ordering a vegetarian plate in a coffee shop scene (in her books, there are also vegetarian vampires) and that set off a "controversy" that no doubt lit up a thousand Tumblrs, but by the time it hit theaters, her screen time was reduced to a silent sit at a lunch counter. Too shy to go along with director Catherine Hardwicke's wish that she have a line, Meyer regrets doing it at all: "It was not my idea to do the cameo," she said in retrospect. "They talked me into it. They thought it would be, you know, cute for the fans because most of them would recognize me. I was thinking it was going to be more like a 'Where's Waldo?' thing. Like I walk by for one second in a crowd and if they can find me, cool. That's the one scene in the movie I would happily cut -- the first five seconds, and the one that I had to watch like, I mean like this [covering her eyes], 'Ah, is it over yet?' It was really hard for me."
I loved having Stephenie in Twilight even if she didn't want a line. She was great!
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