Los Angeles-based actress Tracey Heggins knows how fortunate she is. Besides appearing in Common's indie film "LUV," the statuesque actress also plays Senna -- one of the Amazonian vampires -- in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2." "It was so much fun shooting 'Twilight' in Squamish (which is halfway between Whistler and Vancouver, B.C.)," says Heggins. "It was a really amazing experience. Then we shot in Baton Rouge going up to New Orleans. There's no city like New Orleans. We went into all these little voodoo stores, which were interesting. I love the French Quarter. They did a great job of making the French Quarter look like France. I remember when I was in France; I kept thinking how much it reminded me of New Orleans!"
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Q. What have you brought back from a trip?
A. I was in Paris not long ago and I brought home croissants and macaroons. They can blab all they want about their croissants, because they're really good. The food in general was amazing in France. All the ingredients tasted so fresh. I was wondering why their apples were so little and delicious and it's because they're not genetically modified to be bigger. I love being home, but if I could've brought back more of their food, I would've been so happy.
Q. How disciplined are you about staying fit when you're on vacation?
A. I work out really hard before I get to work and when it's done, I let my body play. On "Twilight," the role was very physical. Because of some of the stunts that I had to do, I was very disciplined. I like being in cities like Paris and New York, where there's a very big walking culture and really good mass transit, so you don't have to drive everywhere like in Los Angeles. I love L.A., but I think it'd be complete Utopia if you didn't have to rely on driving so much here.
Q. Do you remember traveling with your family when you were growing up?
A. When I was little, we went to Chicago and Baltimore. I'm from the Mojave Desert, where it's wide and open. The first time I was in Chicago, I was amazed. The buildings were so close and large and I couldn't stop looking at how tall they were. I didn't start traveling abroad until I was older.
Q. What's the longest time period you stayed overseas?
A. About five years ago, I went to Auckland, New Zealand. I was signed with an agency out there doing commercials and trying to do some acting. I went for about eight months. I lived with African girls from Sudan and Senegal. It was so interesting because we looked completely different. The first thing they asked me was, "Why do you call yourself African-American?" It was really nice, because then they were explaining African history to me. It was really beautiful, because I was so ignorant to the world until I got there.
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