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Argentinian actress Mia Maestro was first introduced to the Twilight saga at Bella and Edward’s wedding in Breaking Dawn – Part 1 as Carmen, a member of the Denali Coven and cousin to the like-minded vegetarian Cullens. Thirsty for more action, she reprised her role in the last installment of the Twilight franchise, which she claims is the best Twilight movie ever made.
"I think it's by far the best Twilight movie," Maestro said during a recent interview. "Bill Condon did such a great job of introducing the new characters. I think people are really going to enjoy this movie."
Maestro admits that despite it being the final in the series, the on-set environment was lighthearted. "We're not doing Shakespeare," she said.
It was so light hearted that it even brought a vampire and a werewolf close together. "Yes, I think werewolves and vampires can get along! I'm great friends with Julia Jones."
In fact, rumors of a vampire vs. werewolf dance-off surfaced on the Web and as it turns out, Maestro helped spearhead an impromptu dance battle on-set, which didn’t make the final cut but fans will probably get to see in the DVD extras.
"It all started the first week that we were all standing on the field," said Maestro. "A few weeks into shooting, we were all pretty bored and tired, so I just decided to put [a dance] together with MyAnna and Lee. The joke was that Carmen was going to destroy the Volturi with her choreography."
"We chose this song by the Eurythmics that we had been karaoke-ing to. It was so much fun; we had been standing for almost three weeks without moving. I’d just had it," laughs Maestro. "I needed to move, I needed to do something."
Now that the Twilight story has come to an end, Maestro can now focus on her other passion—singing.
She recorded her first solo album earlier this year and it will be released Dec. 4.
"I'm so excited about my new EP that's coming out with three songs accompanied with this beautiful video I did with the DP of Twilight, Guillermo Navarro," said Maestro. "I've been singing for a while now, I had a song in the last Twilight soundtrack. Hopefully I'll be touring and doing concerts so yeah, it's been a great year."
Giveaway: Hecho en Mexico Los Angeles Premiere
Calling out all Angelenos--we have five pairs of tickets to give away to a private screening of the documentary Hecho en Mexico on Tuesday, November 27 at 8p.m. The film showcases the richness of Mexican music, from traditional to pop rock and rap blended with interviews from Diego Luna, Lila Downs and many more leading personalities. Hecho in Mexico hits theaters on Friday, November 30.
Notable guests that might be in attendance include Diego Luna, Kinky, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Amandititita, and many more.
To enter, simply post a comment to this blog post [one comment per entrant, must be 18 or older, U.S. residents only] with your answer to the following question: Who is your favorite Mexican actor/actress? Enter one comment between now and 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, and we'll randomly select five lucky winners on Nov. 26. We will contact each winner and provide screening information at that time. Tickets will be left at will call. Good luck!