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With the release of the fifth and final Twilight film, Nikki Reed is ready to sink her teeth into something new.

Yes, her Twilight pals Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are the talk of the tabloids. But make no mistake, Nikki Reed’s not jealous of the attention. The ?L.A.-raised actress — who reprises her role as vampire Rosalie Hale in this month’s final Twilight installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II — would rather spend her nights at home with her husband of a year, American Idol finalist Paul ?McDonald, than party hearty with the young Hollywood set. “I’ve never? felt connected to all of that tabloid stuff,” says Reed, 24.

“I moved out on my own when I was 14. There was no time for partying because I was too busy working.”

True, as a teen, Reed made a major splash by co-writing and starring in the controversial, autobiographical 2003 drama Thirteen, about rebellious young girls. And though she admits to having been a “curious” child, she says day-to-day life for her and McDonald, 28, is surprisingly low-key. “I don’t drink, we exercise five days a week, we do yoga, we hang with our two dogs,” she says. “Our idea of a good time is playing some music and cooking at home. I mean, we’ll have tickets to a concert and, if it’s at 10:30, we’re too lazy to go.”

“I was 19 when I started [Twilight], and I’m 24 now, so those were some very crucial years. I was figuring out who I am.”
Instead, Reed focuses on work: directing music videos; toiling on her recently launched jewelry line, Mattlin Era; and making music with her husband, with whom she released a duet this summer. (But don’t expect a solo record from her any time soon: “I just like playing with my husband,” she says.)

She’s got plenty on her post-Twilight acting plate as well, including Joss Whedon’s sci-fi romance In Your Eyes and Empire State, co-starring Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth. And while she still writes scripts, she admits she’s nervous about putting her projects out there. “I’ve realized now how much the stars really aligned with Thirteen,” she says. “And with the Twilight fan base being as passionate as they are, it’s a bit intimidating.”

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Still, she wouldn’t trade those fans — or her time on the films — for anything. “The end doesn’t feel real yet,” says Reed, who still frequently hangs with co-stars Pattinson and Jackson Rathbone. “I was 19 when I started, and I’m 24 now, so those were some very crucial years. I was figuring out who I am. It was like college, in a way. It was a great time.”