Xavier Samuel says he read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner to work on his role as Riley.

If Riley seems especially fleshed out, it may be because Samuel got his hands on Stephenie Meyer’s book, The Second Life of Bree Tanner, for research. “I was given a secret copy, that was handed to me by David Slade himself. I kind of felt like I had been given this really valuable document. It was amazing because really like you say, it fleshes out those characters and gives an insight into, particularly, the Riley/Victoria relationship that’s not necessarily present in the kind of saga. I just kind of treated it like some secret information. It really kind of informed a lot of the choices as well and it’s kind of exciting to read.”

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