After months of filming in rain-drenched Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, “New Moon” stars Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz must have felt right at home in Manhattan as a persistent drizzle lingered over the city. But unlike shoots for their vampire romance, the onscreen duo stayed toasty and dry inside the Times Square Toys “R” Us greeting fans and signing autographs for the final leg of the “Twilight” mall tour.
About 500 lovely ladies and a few fellows (not a surprising ratio by now) waited for hours in a line that snaked around the block, with some like Julianne Castillo and Vanesa Rayes, both 18 from Jamaica, Queens, having been outside since before 6 a.m.
“We got up at four o’clcok in the morning. We were outside by 5:30 in the morning,” Julianne said. “We want to be the first ones on line. That’s when all the excitement is there from the actors. We want to have the energy on that paper.”
Employees helped anxious fans pass the time by posing “Twilight” trivia, with questions like: What is Edward’s vampiric power? Easy peasy, right? Winners were awarded a Volturi crest key chain, one of the many pieces of “Twilight” merchandise featured in the store’s massive shrine display on the second floor. Brave fans willing to give up their spot in the queue could filter through the massive exhibit to admire Jacob and Bella’s dirt bikes from the sequel along with a set of Volturi thrones, in addition to the items they could actually take home with them like Edward Barbie dolls, life-size cardboard cut-outs and “New Moon” lunch boxes.
When Nikki and Kellan finally appeared above the crowd on the third floor catwalk, taking their places at the autograph signing table, it was clear from the screams and shrieks of delight that the hours of waiting in the rain had been worth it. Unlike the other mall tours, Kellan and Nikki did not participate in a Q&A session, but fans seemed happy enough to get a glimpse of their favorite “Twilight” stars and take home a signed “New Moon” poster. “We love the ‘Twilight Saga,’ said Ivette Obando, 20, from New Jersey who attended the event with friend Jessica Roman, 22, from Harlem. “It’s right here in the city. It was easy.”
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