Tracey Heggins can’t wait to rep for Brown girls everywhere when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 hits theaters tomorrow!
Breaking Dawn will be decidedly more diverse than its predecessors in the Twilight saga as the Cullens family calls on vampires from all over the globe, including the middle east, to help protect one of its own. That’s when moviegoers will get a glimpse of Tracey and her co-star Judi Shekoni.
Tracey, who plays amazonian vampire Senna, had to tap into her animal instinct for her role in Breaking Dawn. It called for her to run through the jungle, clad in skimpy leather outfits and furs. To do that she had to get very in touch with her primal side. She and Judi, who plays her sister Zafrina, also took special classes to help them mimic how animals move.
"I wanted her to be very predatory, so I just looked at animals that would be predatory," Tracey said of her character who is often quiet and somewhat cagey. But she dished that the thick red contacts she had to wear as part of her costume helped a lot too. "It distorts a little bit of your peripheral vision, which is awesome because it made you more alien. It made you more eccentric."
Since Senna and Zafrina hail from the Amazon, they don’t posses the icy, pale complexion that most other vampires have. As such, director Bill Condon wanted Black women to fill the role, and Tracey thinks it was high time for Black women to be represented in the uber-popular vampire series, whether it was "flash on the screen or the whole movie."
"[Black women] love science fiction. We love fantasy. We love all of these things, so we would like to see our own faces," Tracey told S2S before joking that if vampires actually existed, Brown girls would be well represented among bloodsuckers. "We’re sexy. We’re alluring. Bite us! Don’t even think we wouldn’t have been—you would have, in reality, a healthy vampire community of color."
On a more serious note, Tracey was happy to see the casting skew a little truer to South American ethnic makeup.
"I was really excited about the way they cast it because I do believe that it was truer to actual history," Tracey added. "There were natives and there were slaves and you put [it] all that together and we are here!"
Watch Judi and Tracey help save the Cullens when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 hits theaters on November 16.