Rachelle LeFevre was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her father is an English teacher, and her mother is a psychologist. She has three sisters and speaks both English and French. Lefevre attended Centennial Academy, a private high school, and later studied creative arts at Dawson College. She studied theater for two summers at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts, and began a degree in education and literature at McGill University. While working as a waitress at a sushi bar in Westmount, a regular customer helped her get an audition for the television sitcom Student Bodies. She didn't land the part but got a call back from the casting director, leading to a role in the Canadian television series Big Wolf on Campus in 1999. Lefevre finished her degree at McGill, attending semesters between shoots. Lefevre appeared in the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, directed by George Clooney, in 2002, and had a role in the romantic comedy Hatley High in 2003. In 2004, Lefevre moved to West Hollywood, California and appeared in the films Noel, directed by Chazz Palminteri and starring Penelope Cruz, and Head in the Clouds, also starring Cruz and Charlize Theron. In April 2004, Lefevre filmed the mystery-thriller The River King in Halifax, opposite Edward Burns. Lefevre has appeared in numerous television series, including: Life on a Stick, playing Lily Ashton on the television show, Charmed, playing Olivia Callaway on the episode "Love's a Witch", and on the fifth season of Undressed, playing Annie Isles. Lefevre was cast as Annie Cartwright, the female lead in Life on Mars, a David E. Kelley remake of the original British TV series. She shot a pilot episode, but was replaced by Gretchen Mol. Lefevre plays the renegade vampire Victoria in the film Twilight, based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film was shot mostly in and around Portland, Oregon. Lefevre wrote an impassioned letter to the director, explaining her desire to work with the filmmaker. Lefevre described the essence of her character as "pure evil, pure instinct, pure malice, and very feline". After reading that the author used the word "feline" to describe her character's agility, Lefevre watched lion attacks on YouTube to separate the movements of her character from those of normal people. Lefevre spent hours working on her costumes for her character in the film, and described herself as "obsessed" with vampires after reading Bram Stoker's Dracula at the age of 14. She participated in a promotional tour in November 2008, where she met and signed autographs for Twilight fans at Hot Topic stores in the U.S. Lefevre has at times been overwhelmed by the scrutiny she has received from her involvement with Twilight. "It's the closest I will ever come in my life to being a rock star," she told The Canadian Press, describing an appearance on MuchMusic, where over 1,500 fans showed up in Toronto. She will appear in the film's sequel, based on Meyer's second novel, New Moon, and has begun trapeze classes in preparation for the wire work in the film.
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