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New Moon Man-Eater Ditches Catwalk for Twilight Stardom

07/20/2009 at 01:30 PM EDT

New Moon Man-Eater Ditches Catwalk for Twilight Stardom
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Why do vampires always have to look so good? Case in point: model-turned-actress Noot Seear who's joining Robert Pattinson and Co. as villainess Volturi vampire Heidi in New Moon.

"I started reading the books," she tells Women's Wear Daily of her preparation for the role in the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novels, "and I couldn't put them down."

The Vancouver native, who's no stranger to being the center of attention, walked the runways of Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler before seducing unworthy mortals in the upcoming Twilight sequel (due Nov. 20).

"I've always been biting at the bit to get into the industry," Seear says of landing her big screen debut – where she'll be joining fellow Volturi clansmen Dakota Fanning (Jane), Michael Sheen (Aro) and Jamie Campbell-Bower (Caius).

"We wanted someone who had an unearthly and unlikely beauty, but could also convey humor and menace," New Moon director Chris Weitz said of casting Seear – in a role reportedly offered to 90210 vixen AnnaLynne McCord. "It's rare to find a stunningly attractive person who also happens to have the ability to act."

The hardest thing about being a Twilight vampire? The violet contacts, she says: "I literally couldn't see 2 feet in front of me. They would tell me, 'Look at Kristen [Stewart],' and I was like, 'Okay. Where is she?'"

The Canadian stunner, who admits to having already chosen her New Moon premiere dress, says, "Modeling was great to me. I made a lot of money doing it. [But] what makes acting different is that you get a voice. You're not just a picture."

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