The Cullen Family Interview TWILIGHT – Read or Listen Here
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Q: Elizabeth, can you talk about getting into the mindset of being a mother when you’re clearly not old enough to be their mom?
Elizabeth Reaser: I think the backstory with me was pretty specific in the book, although I have not read the fourth book yet, of her tragic life and Carlisle saving her. She’s a really loving and warm character which is easy to conjure up with all of these cute little nuggets (Peter laughs). I have three nephews and I just thought about them a lot. It was kind of fun to have Nikki call me "mom".
Q. Have you had any rabid fan encounters?
Peter Facinelli: I think they came to Kellen's room.
Jackson: I think Kellen actually got a gift basket at his hotel.
Kellen Lutz: It’s definitely great being Emmett and being a part of this amazing experience of Twilight and having the fans, when we were in Oregon, somehow find our hotel rooms, especially mine and knock. I thought it was my castmates because I thought we were all going to rendezvous, get some dinner or something so I wasn’t fully prepared to answer the door and I just got out of the shower so I was kind of in a towel. Thank god I didn’t just open the door like I usually do.
Peter Facinelli: He was expecting me. (laughter)
Kellen Lutz: I heard a voice that I didn’t know and I asked who it was and they were like ‘Emmett, we’re your fans’ and they were like shaking. I could just hear them shaking and I was like ‘Oh God, hold on. Yeah, one second’ I threw some clothes on as fast as I could, opened the door and it was two lovely ladies holding a giant basket full of goodies for all of us.
Ashley Greene: Ladies. Not, not little girls.
Q: So how many nights did they stay there?
Kellen Lutz: They were staying in the room right across from me and I stopped by to say 'thank you'.
Peter: In the towel?
Kellen: (laughing) No! I think they were there for three nights.
Q: Has anyone else had fan encounters?
Nikki Reed: I had a woman ask me if I could hold her baby for a little while because she really wanted Rosalie to hold her baby.
Peter Facinelli: Yeah, that was weird.
Nikki Reed: Yeah, I realized later in the third book, I think it’s chapter seven in the third book, it talks about how Rosalie really wanted to be a mom and have a very simple life. She never had the choice to become a vampire. I don’t know if I’m reading into it too much but this woman came up to me and was like ‘You can hold my baby’ and I was like ‘Okay’ and I’m carrying around this six month old child for like thirty minutes.
Peter Facinelli: You were carrying it for a while. I was like 'Nikki You have to give the baby back'.
Nikki: I didn't know where the mother went.
Peter: So we still have the baby. If you’re out there, please come get the baby (laughter). I was in Hawaii, floating on this deck. You could swim out to this deck and just kind of lay in the sun. I had my two-year-old daughter just napping on my shoulder and some girl swam out there and said ‘Are you Dr. Carlisle Cullen?’ in the middle of nowhere in Hawaii and I said ‘yeah.’ It was really funny.
Q. Peter, what did your family think of your transformation into Carlisle. Did you frighten them?
Peter Facinelli: No. They kind of like it. Except, when I first dyed my blonde hair, they didn’t even notice. I came into the house, I had my blonde hair and I said ‘What do you think?’ and they were like ‘What?’ It did nothing.
Q: Can you talk about how the look of your characters?
Elizabeth: It's so specific the way these characters are written. I feel that Stephenie did all the work for us.
Jackson: It's more realistic in a lot of ways, not having normal vampire teeth and all that.
Peter: No. It was banned from the start I thought.
Nikki: There was a time when it was just discussed.
Peter: All right, (he makes hissing cat noise) Okay, Rosalie.
Nikki Reed: I got excited about that idea like what is separating us from the kids at school? You read the book and there are certain descriptions about the dark purple under their eyes and their intimidating beauty and you get there and you think, ‘How are we actually going to do this? How are we going to put purple under their eyes and not have us look like a bunch of freaks at school and how can we incorporate old clothing from the '30's and '40's. (To Ashley) you and I dealt with this a lot. We really wanted to bring that element to it. But we just stood out too much. In the books, it works but when you actually put it together visually, it was almost too much. We stood out too much.
Ashley Greene: Their fair skin. We’re supposed to be these exquisite people but we’re also supposed to be these people trying to fit in.
Nikki Reed: We’d lighten all our features up and then go and put make-up on top of it to make it look like we're trying to fit in and then was that too much?
Q: Have you guys signed on for 4 movies?
Nikki Reed: Three. We’re signed for three. The fourth book wasn't out so it's three.
Peter Facinelli: Going back to what he said, the interesting thing for me about the movie was less exploring the vampire world and more about vampires trying to explore humanity. Them trying to act human, so there’s a lot of humanity that gets explored in the movie. Whereas, in other vampire movies, it’s all about vampires and sucking blood and teeth and that’s not this movie at all. What’s so nice to see, being an old guy, in the younger generation is, the actors I worked with here they really came on board to do their part and they were dedicated and were passionate about it and that’s nice because sometimes you get young actors together and they’re like ‘Whoopie, we get to go out and party and have a good time and, look, they’re throwing money at us’ but for this I felt like everybody was there to work as hard as they can to be truthful to the books. Rob and Kristen were so dedicated and focused, they would meet after hours to talk about the next day’s next scenes. It was really wonderful to see.
Q: Did any of your get any alone time with Stephenie to talk about your characters?
Kellan: I think we all did. She was always there for us. Hey, what can I say. She found my hotel room.
Peter: She knocked on his door (laughing).
Kellen: She was there for all of us and, for me, I had a lot of questions for Emmett. There was a passage she wrote that I was looking at called 'Emmett and the bear' and it really said a lot about Emmett and Edward's relationship and how close they really are and for me to read that and it's not in "Twilight", it really helped me distinguish that relationship between them. Rob and I when we're acting, I really feel like we're brothers and, without that, I don't think I'd have that connection. And, just talking to her, she just gave me so much info.
Q: If any of you could have a special power like Edward or Alice does, what would it be? And, what was it like working with Rob and Kristen?
Jackson: I enjoyed my special ability. It was the ability to manipulate emotions, calm a room of very hungry vampires like all of us. And working with Rob and Kristen was just amazing. They really ignite the screen when they were together. It was just beautiful.
Ashley: On the powers, I got to have Alice's power (seeing the future) so I was pretty happy with that.
Nikki: I think I just wanted to be Alice.
Peter: You get to be really bitchy. That's your power. Rosalie, that's her power.
Ashley: Wasn't it whatever you were in your human life was enhanced?
Nikki: So what did I have?
Peter: You were feisty and beautiful.
Q: Can you talk about more upcoming projects?
Ashley: I'm going back and forth to Louisiana working on this film called Skateland and it's the fun '80's so I get to have all the hair and make-up for that. It's a coming of age type film.
Jackson: I just flew back in from London filming a little movie called Dread, a psychological thriller. Sean Evans is another cast member from Boy A and Being Julia. It was actually a first time director and writer and it was incredible. I got taken around the English countryside. Didn't get to go into London much but picked up a few terms here and there.
Peter: I'm doing a new Showtime series called "Nurse Jackie" with Edie Falco. I play Dr. Cooper, another doctor. I've graduated from cop roles. Now I only play doctors. It's quite a different doctor than Dr. Cullen. It's exciting and it's a dramady. It's different in that Dr. Carlisle is this calm presence, very knowledgeable and the patriarch of a family and Dr. Cooper is just a nervous wreck; a guy who exudes confidence on the outside but, on the inside, he has no idea what he's doing.
Q: Why does everybody think that vampires are so intriguing?
Jackson: There's a danger in that. If you can live forever, maybe you don't appreciate the life that you have . What the Cullen family has come to realize is that with their immortality, they've lost their humanity, the ability to fulfill their lives.
Peter: I think it's the immortality, the sensuality, the hidden sexuality of it all, that makes it intriguing......for me and hopefully, for you.