Judi Shekoni: A Twilight Fan Before the Movies Came Out

Judi Shekoni who plays Zafrina in Breaking Dawn was just interviewed by her hometown newspaper back in Manchester, England. Judi reveals that she was a Twilight fan way before the movies came out and that she is Team Edward!

You’re currently filming for Twilight: Breaking Dawn, playing Amazonian vampire Zafrina – were you a fan of the franchise before securing the role?

Absolutely. I read the first two books when I was on a cruise around the Bahamas with my friend Jenny. I tend not to read fiction but I got to the stage of boredom that I would have tried anything. At first, it seemed a bit weird and I remember thinking ‘I don’t understand, it’s all about kids’, but the more I read, the more hooked I was. At one point, I was like get me off this ship I need to go buy the next book. When the first film was released, me and my friends all booked tickets in advance and we just adored it.

It’s taken on element of the surreal now because just the other day I was stood in the Cullen house, looking at their book shelf thinking as if I’m here!

What has it been like working with the cast?

Everyone has been super nice, there’s an atmosphere of family. Spending time with everyone has been great, Rob (Pattinson) is such a laugh and it’s been an enjoyable experience. There’s a mix of nationalities here, and the Canadians are a lot like the Brits with their humour. Sometimes you can join a project like this and be met by a few prima-donnas, but that couldn’t be further from the truth here. All us newcomers are welcomed like we’ve been involved since the beginnings. It helps that we’re in the most beautiful hotel. It’s like a network of private mini lodges; I’ve even got my own fireplace!”

See more at Large Manchester.


  1. She is beautiful. And I couldn’t think of a more perfect person to play Zafrina looks wise. I just really hope that she can pull of the part and the accent.. 😀 Congrats!! I need to read BD again just to refresh my memory. I remember thinking that I wished I had my baby girl in time to audition her for the movie since when she was first born, she had that perfect white skin with a golden complexion that the books were talking about… but alas… I was too late 😀

  2. “I’d have to say Team Edward. Being a fan of the books, it’s hard not to fall for him; he is the dream man we’re all looking for.”

    YESSS!!!! You said it, Girl!

  3. I love hearing the newcomers all say what a great experience it’s been & that all the “original” cast is so nice & welcoming.

    I can’t wait to see her as Zafrina! Too bad we’ll have to wait until 2012.

  4. perfect person to play Zafrina! but it was funny when at the end she said, “i even get my own fireplace!” i got my own fireplace to….

  5. switzy4ever14 says

    is it just me or does she look like tyra banks?

  6. Faith Galleon says



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