'Proven Innocent': Rachelle Lefevre fights as fiercely as she did in 'Twilight' in FOX's upcoming legal drama
Once known as the villainous vampire vixen, Victoria Sutherland, Rachelle Lefevre now dons a suit to fight as fiercely and unapologetically as the leading lady in 'Proven Innocent'
A decade down the line, 'Twilight' has been loved and hated, and while so many vampire series have come and gone, what remains iconic is the villainous vampire vixen, who went by the name of Victoria Sutherland in the first two installments of 'Twilight'. Remember the bright red head vampire who thirsts to kill Bella to avenge the death of her lover? She may not be recognized wildling in the jungle anymore because the actress who played her, has had a series of legal dramas under her belt and this February 15, Rachelle Lefevre will be seen in the courtroom again, fighting just as fiercely the FOX's upcoming drama 'Proven Innocent'.
Flaunting her thick red curls, as usual, the Canadian-born actress has sharply taken to the role of an underdog criminal defense lawyer named Madeline Scott. Ten years after being wrongfully convicted and proven innocent, she becomes a lawyer who will stop at nothing to put the guilty behind bars. Perceived as a hero and victim, Madeline’s boldness earns her a number of enemies, including Grammer's Gore Bellows, the famous prosecutor who put Madeline behind bars when she was 18. He still believes that she is guilty and makes it his personal quest to put her away once again.
The 2 minutes 37 seconds trailer released last year gave a fair insight into how Lefevre has effortlessly taken up the role, and fears pretty much nothing on her mission to serve humanity. "Behind every media caricature is a real-life human being right?" says Madeline, when questioned on why she would like to defend those who are loved to be hated, especially by the media. The dialogue very much echoes Lefevre's very own quote: "I'm obsessed with being human."
The blue-eyed actress was discovered by a Canadian film producer while waiting tables, who actually helped her land her first gig in the 90s sitcom 'Student Bodies'. Even though she rose to fame with 'Twilight', with once trending on Twitter on the afternoon of July 29, 2009, for her controversial replacement to Ron Howard's daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, Lefevre was always a beloved actress.
In 2004, the naturally blonde actress appeared on several episodes of David E. Kelley's 'Boston Legal' playing the role of a high-class escort. This recurring role secured her a lead role in 2008 U.S. adaptation of BBC hit 'Life on Mars'. However in between that and even before, the actress had played in films starring opposite Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in 'White House Down', and Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in George Clooney's film 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'.
Even though she admitted that 'Twilight' opened doors for her, it did not change her life. "I'd never done anything that high profile before. Twilight opened up a lot of doors," she said in an interview adding that "the thing that really made it feel the most like a game changer was the fan base. Twilight fans are so incredible; they support everything I have done after Twilight and my career as a whole."
Ever since, the actress has boldly moved on from her 'Twilight' glory and heartache, and is all set to star alongside Kelsey Grammer in 'Proven Innocent', from Empire co-creator Danny Strong and writer David Elliott.
Some fans believe her role may lightly echo Lefevre's role in 'Applebaum', where she played a former public defender who becomes a private investigator to keep from being bored to death as a stay-at-home mom, but a majority believe that the upcoming legal drama seems very much like ABC's canceled show 'Conviction', starring Hayley Atwell. However, these are all speculations, but what's amazing is to see her ace TV's legal dramas, as she started with guest roles in 'Boston Legal' and 'Law & Order', and here she is in a leading role, just effortlessly nailing it.