Judi Shekoni (aka Zafrina in Breaking Dawn) chatted with The Creative Pop Culture Community about her experience working on Breaking Dawn and what’s next for her:
As an actress how does it feel to be in the final installment of Twilight?
“I feel so excited, I have been acting for a while and I honestly feel this is my favorite role so far. I have always had a love of vampires so this film has given me a change to explore them further. Its great to be part of something that is so popular right now, and it is amazing to be part of a cast that is so big and diverse. My character also is exciting to play – it is the first time I have ever played anyone with a special power!”
Time does indeed fly when it comes to the movie industry. It feels like a heartbeat ago when the books made worldwide impact and now we are all awaiting the final two-parts of Breaking Dawn.
What are some characteristics of Zafrina you like?
“She is strong and powerful, she also is in touch with nature. I have a deep respect to nature and the environment and so love playing a character that is so connected. I love her relationship with Senna as I feel that women do have a strong bond with each other and I like how they take care of each other. I think her special power is so exciting, I am very interested in the human mind and its capabilities so I am fascinated by her mental special powers and it gave me a chance to explore what it would be like to have it and how it would work. I also like her connection with the baby – as it shows her motherly instincts.”
She plays Zafrina in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and the folks over at Twilightish got the chance to interview Judi Shekoni about the movies! Here’s an excerpt:
Twilightish:Being a newcomer to the ‘Twilight Saga’, how was it joining this tight group of friends?
Judi: I didn’t know what it would be like coming into a movie where people had already shot 3 films. It’s amazing. They have new people coming into every film, they’re used to it. It was great working with people who are established and know what is going on.
Twilightish:The Famous Fandom Question: Did you read the books or see the movies before you went for the part of Zafrina? If so, were you a fan of the series before?
Judi: I was already a big fan of Twilight. Waited for each book to be released, and read all four years ago. I knew about the project (film). I was a fan from the beginning when Kristen was announced as Bella. I love the series.
Twilightish: Zafrina is part of the Amazon clan with her two sisters, did you guys find instant chemistry on set?
Judi: I spent a lot of time working with Tracey Heggins (Senna), people even thought we were sisters in real life! We hung out in hotel rooms, went to lunch and dinner with each other, became inseparable during the course of filming. We still call or speak with each other now, we definitely bonded really well! Being part of a coven made you part of a team.
The people over at Team-Twilight were able to score an exclusive interview with Breaking Dawn vampire Judi Shekoni, who plays Zafrina. Here’s an excerpt:
TT: You really kind of embody what people expect from Zafrina. Does that put a lot of pressure on you for the role?
JS: Well, not now I’ve nearly finished shooting. Maybe if I’d known it before. I think this is probably the best time for us to have this conversation. That’s amazing. I really do think – because obviously I’ve read the books and I saw the movie – and I’m kind of into the esoteric spirituality thing, and the character is so similar to me, you know physically and even a lot of the characteristics I feel like I embody. I was just blessed with, you know, it kind of aligned. When I read it, I was like, “Wow this is kind of similar,” and then to go in on it, I felt like I definitely had a lot of the characteristics. Hopefully they all carry through on screen and I kind of achieve everything that people expect and want. It is a great character and I am in love with her.
TT: When you went for your audition, were you auditioning for Zafrina or just for any role in the film?
JS: No, I was auditioning for the Amazons, so for both of them [Zafrina or Senna]. Obviously, I wanted Zafrina because she has a special power and I’m all about the special power! I specifically went in there dressed like the character with my braids in. I was like, I think I am gonna get arrested because I look too much like the character. I feel like I’ve tried too hard and they’ll think I’m a stalker or something. Before, as well, I made sure I recapped everything. So I went by myself at twelve o’clock at night the day before the audition and watched Eclipse. By myself in the Chinese Mann’s Theater in Los Angeles. But what was really funny is, because it was midnight, there was no one in any of the screens, and I went into the wrong screen and for like 10 minutes I am watching Charlie St. Cloud with Zac Efron.
The gorgeous Judi Shekoni who plays “Zafrina,” the Amazonian Coven vampire who can project visual illusions into the minds of her subjects, gave an exclusive interview to The Examiner. Here’s an excerpt:
You were a fan of the Twilight series before you got the role of Zafrina in Breaking Dawn, so when you read the series, did you picture yourself as any of the characters?
Yep, I was a fan. Well, when you read a book you always see yourself as being the character that is telling the story so I guess I lived all the books as Bella, but thinking about it I would have made a very strange and unusual Bella!
How has your experience been working with Bill Condon?
He is so amazing, such a kind, considerate, and intelligent man. I have learned so much from him, and it has been one of the highlights of working on this film. His attention to detail is incredible and I am lucky to have him working on this film as he has such a strong vision for the Amazons so we had a lot to play and got to take some risks. He also has a great sense of humor and is not easily stressed so it was a really fun set to work on – laughing was permitted – so we took advantage of it!
Have you and any of your fellow cast mates had any great bonding stories on set yet?
Tracey [Heggins – “Senna”] and I have become firm friends. We are both wearing the Amazon outfits, which meant we had no choice but to become gym buddies. We also have celebrated a good few birthdays during the long shot, and Amadou [Ly]’s birthday in New Orleans dancing at a college party was fun, and mine which Tracey came to in Vancouver and the producer of Supernatural which shoots up there took us out for a slap up dinner and dancing.
Some VERY lucky Twilighters had several run-ins with Breaking Dawn cast members in Vancouver including: Noel Fisher (Vladimir), Rami Malek (Benjamin), Judi Shekoni (Zafrina), Peter Facinelli , Tracey Heggins (Senna) & Booboo Stewart. Peter walked past the girls in a restaurant during dinner, and Booboo Stewart walked into a Starbucks while they were there. Talk about luck!