"I have a long history with Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first film," Nikki told Billy Bush on Monday during an interview for Access Hollywood and "The Billy Bush Show." "I didn't actually audition, but I did meet with everybody involved. I knew about the project long before everybody else… I got a phone call like I think eight or nine months before we started shooting about 'Twilight,' this little tiny book that a select audience enjoyed. It wasn't this big monster machine franchise at the time."
In addition to previously working with Catherine on 2003's "Thirteen," Nikki's father had dated the director.
"I've known her," Nikki explained. "She dated my father when I was young a brief period of time."
"She was almost your stepmother," Billy said.
"That's an interesting word to use," Nikki told Billy. "I don't think I ever felt like she was my stepmother but…yeah."
Nikki said didn't feel awkward when Catherine was replaced by Chris Weitz to direct "New Moon."
"It wasn't as dramatic as the media made it out to be," she said. "She was never signed on to all three, or four."
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