Bryce Dallas Howard is speaking out on being embraced by the Twilight cast after replacing Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria, the malicious, fiery, redheaded vamp, in next summer’s Eclipse. “[They] were really lovely,” Bryce told MTV News while she was promoting her new film, Loss of a Teardrop Diamond. “And yes, it’s an incredible group of people. I have so much respect for them.” “There’s so much frenzy surrounding them, and they’ve remained grounded, and their friendships are so genuine,” the 27-year-old continued. “I felt very lucky to work with such a good group of people. They love these books — all these actors. They’re fans themselves. It was a great energy on set — that people are so passionate about bringing these characters to life.”

The change in actresses caused a bit of an uproar in the Twi-hard community over the summer after Rachelle and Summit Entertainment’s released varying accounts of what happened.

“It was actually a really unfortunate circumstance where the actress who everyone really cared deeply about, who has done an amazing job in this role, was unavailable,” Bryce, the daughter of Oscar winning actor/director Ron Howard, told MTV. “They were looking for someone to fill that slot. It was right before production actually happened, so of course there was intimidation there and feeling a huge responsibility to do my best.”

Bryce currently stars in the film Loss of a Teardrop Diamond by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tennessee Williams. She plays a 1920s Memphis débutante daughter of a plantation owner who has a strong distaste for narrow-minded people and a penchant for shocking behavior.