Michelle Trachtenberg Reveals Criteria for Playing Twilight’s Bella Swan: Pale, Female

Michelle Trachtenberg was almost cast as Bella Swan in the Twilight franchise. The “Ice Princess” actress said that she was seriously considered for the role because, well, there aren’t too many pale actresses in Hollywood.

Trachtenberg told US Weekly:

“There was definitely interest here and there because there’s only so few pale girls in Hollywood.”

Tratchtenberg also said that her relationship with Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first movie in the Twilight series, also almost landed her the role.

Tratchtenberg said:

“I’ve known Catherine Hardwicke since the movie Thirteen. I was actually supposed to star in that, but I was on Buffy at the time.”

“Twilight: Breaking Dawn,” just had the third biggest opening day of all-time, but Tratchtenberg isn’t disappointed that she missed out on the role of Bella Swan.

Tratchtenberg said:

“I already have “Buffy.” I’ve already done the vampire thing… (If you keep asking yourself ‘what if?’ than) you’re not living in the moment and you’re looking negatively at what you’re doing now.”

Do you think Tratchtenberg was joking when she said she was almost cast as Bella Swan because she’s one of few pale actresses in Hollywood? Kristen Stewart now owns the role of Bella Swan, but did she earn the part because of her acting abilities or her pale appearance?

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Do you think Michelle Trachtenberg would have made a good Bella Swan? Can you imagine any actress besides Kristen Stewart playing the famous Twilight role?