Would you have watched Frances Bean Cobain, left, play Bella? (Photo: Getty Images/Summit)
Courtney Love, the always colorful widow of Nirvana frontman Cobain and leader of the group Hole, appeared on the Howard Stern's radio show on Thursday, offering a surprising bit of insider gossip about the "Twilight" movies: Frances Bean Cobain, Love's daughter, was offered the leading role of Bella before Kristen Stewart landed the part.
"Someone just saw a picture of her in a magazine and sent me the script for 'Twilight,'" Love told Stern.
While the producers of "Twilight" may have courted Frances for the role, they didn't get very far. Frances, who was only thirteen at the time, quickly turned down the project, and Love said she's grateful, claiming using the project to launch a film career would have "destroyed her life." Given Love's experience as an actress and her drama-filled life, she can certainly speak with some experience on that matter.
Henry Cavill was the first choice to play 'Twilight' leading man, Edward (Photo: Reuters)
And Michelle Trachtenberg, who had experience with creatures of the night on the cult-favorite TV series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," was also in the running to play Bella.
"There was definitely interest here and there because there's only so few pale girls in Hollywood," Trachtenberg said in a 2011 interview. The actress said she'd auditioned for director Catherine Hardwicke (who was behind the camera for the first "Twilight") when she was casting the controversial 2003 teen drama "Thirteen," and the two had a good relationship. "I was actually supposed to star in ['Thirteen'], but I was on 'Buffy' at the time," Trachtenberg said. "I guess schedules never worked out."
Trachtenberg seems philosophical about missing out on "Twilight." "I already have 'Buffy,' I've already done the vampire thing," she said, adding that dwelling on roles that didn't pan out means "you're not living in the moment and you're looking negatively at what you're doing now."
As for Frances Bean Cobain, Love said their often-rocky relationship has been going smoothly lately. "I'm really good with my daughter now, we're emailing and tweeting," Love told Stern. Love also said that while she hasn't met her twenty-year-old daughter's fiancé, musician Isaiah Silva, she says she approves of the match, and that Silva seems "really, really nice."
Hey, at least he's not a vampire.
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