So you’re young, good looking and you’ve spent the day channeling a blood-sucking vampire or morphing into a werewolf on the set of one of the most widely anticipated films of the year. What do you do for fun?
All sorts of things, according to cast members of the Twilight series, the second of which, New Moon, recently wrapped after shooting on location in Canada and Italy. Here, actors in both films dish on some of the facts – and fiction – about the lives of the Twilight stars.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Have Hidden Talents
“Rob’s an incredible guitarist and vocalist. [And] Kristen can really play guitar,” reveals Jackson Rathbone, 24, who plays vampire Jasper Hale. “They’re really multi-talented artists.”
In fact, the cast’s musical interests helped the everyone bond, says Rathbone, a member of the band 100 Monkeys: “Rob Pattinson and Kristen and Nikki [Reed] would do a lot of jam sessions, and Kellan [Lutz] and Ashley [Greene] and Peter [Facinelli] would all hang out in the hotel room and play music and hang out on the set.”
Kristen and Rob Have Chemistry – On and Off Screen
The pair – who play a couple on screen – were seen smooching in Vancouver recently, but their cast mates insist there is no hot-and-heavy romance – yet, anyway.
“Obviously there’s chemistry: They’re Bella and Edward!” says Justine Wachsberger, 24, who plays vampire sympathizer Gianna in the film. But “they just seem like great friends.”
Rathbone adds that whenever the cast is together, Pattinson and Stewart “didn’t treat each other any differently [than the other cast members]. We’re all equals in the room. It’s like a family.
The Most Talked-About Relationship on Set Was … a Bromance
“Me and Mike [Welch] (Mike Newton in New Moon),” jokes Justin Chon, 28, who plays Bella’s pal Eric Yorkie. “Me and Mike had a bromance. We just loved to hang out together and talk about stupid things.”
The Cast Is Still Grounded
Twilight actors with big and small roles all hang together at least part of the time, and they shared a love of exploring the beauty of the locations in Canada and Italy.
“You would expect diva behavior from them since they’re so big now, but they’re really nice and down to earth,” says Wachsberger.
Fans Should Be Salivating for New Moon
“I think it’s going to be better than the first one,” says Chon. “I think [director] Chris Weitz is going to do a really good job with it. I was really impressed. I think it’s going to be amazing.”
Adds Wachsberger: “I can’t give away any spoilers, but expect the unexpected.”