New Faces Fridays: Rami Malek discusses special effects and Stephenie Meyer in exclusive fansites interview

August 17, 2012

Meet Rami Malek in today’s edition of New Faces Fridays.  Rami plays the element manipulating and always quite affable, Benjamin of the Egyptian coven in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2.”

Q: Have you gotten to see any of your scenes on film yet- and if so what you thought of the special effects?

Rami Malek: Great question! I had an ADR* session. I’m sure you guys are familiar with that right? (ADR stands for Automated Dialog Replacement)  So I got to see some of the temporary effects they weren’t quite done, but as far as I was concerned they were good enough for me. They really looked brilliant, vibrant and felt very real. I was happy to see that because there were points that I was concerned about. I’m always concerned watching a movie – when something looks as if it was developed from a computer and you can see when it looks generated by a computer it really takes one out of the film; so I was happy to see that it really just looks as if I was doing these in reality.

Q: Stephenie has recently released the “The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide,” which had a huge backstory between the Egyptian coven, and I know we’ve already sampled a little bit of what we are going to see from you – did we get any of that feud with the Volturi history from you guys?

Rami: Well after reading the novel I came to the conclusion that there was going to be a lot of work I had to do because there wasn’t that much said in her novel. So I came up with a lot of ideas, and Angela, who plays Tia, came up with a lot of ideas and we shared them over the course of filming, and when we met Stephenie she was able to give us a real concrete backstory, which wasn’t far off from the things that we had created on our own. It was a very special feeling to have that acknowledgement from her that we were on the right track with her story from things that we were coming up with from our own crazy imagination.

For the full interview with Rami Malek where he talks about working with Bill Condon, Benjamin’s powers, music, other projects and the infamous onset dance break, visit

Past New Faces Fridays
7/20 Casey LaBow (Kate of the Denali coven)
7/27 MyAnna Buring  (Tanya of the Denali coven)
8/3 Judi Shekoni  (Zafrina of the Amazonian coven)
8/10 Tracey Heggins (Senna of the Amazonian coven)

Amy is a lifelong fangirl, who gets most excited over The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, Disney, Star Trek, superhero movies, and Broadway musicals. She’s Twilight fan fiction writer, Esme Mom Cullen, and her work is (mostly) focused on her favorite ship – Carlisle and Esme. She has the sarcasm and wit of a born and raised Jersey Girl, even though she now makes her home in Southern California. She currently works in the areas of communications and corporate social responsibility.