Twilight’s First Family Peter Facinelli (Carlisle), Kellan Lutz (Emmett), Ashley Greene (Alice) and Nikki Reed (Rosalie): The Cullens Talk ‘Eclipse’
The undead Cullens have finally come to terms with Edward’s human love Bella, as the pair moves closer to marriage. In The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the Cullens are ready to fight for her against an army of newborn vampires.
That meant lots of action for Peter Facinelli (Carlisle), Kellan Lutz (Emmett), Ashley Greene (Alice) and Nikki Reed (Rosalie). They told Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf why they believe in the power of eternal love and the power of Stephenie Meyer’s novels on the big screen.
No guessing about who’s coming to dinner.
Peter Facinelli: “Doesn’t everyone have someone like Edward in their family that seems to be in a problematical relationship? You’re like, ‘I really wish they weren’t dating that person,’ but because you love them you just smile and say, ‘Welcome to the family.’ I think love makes you do some pretty crazy things like even giving your life up for all eternity.”
Nikki Reed: “I mean, ask my brother how many girls he’s tried to date and how many have lasted after the family met them. I grew up very fast and I moved out very young, so when I’ve been in serious relationships, it was somehow much easier to bring a guy home to meet my family.”
Keeping love off the menu.
Peter Facinelli: “Edward shouldn’t really play with his food though. Romancing Bella is like falling in love with your mashed potatoes. Our family is living on a really strict bloodless diet, and when you’re on a diet you get cranky sometimes. I’ve always said, ‘Why don’t the Cullens have a petting farm, like a little zoo in the backyard, so if we want like a snack, we just go and grab a squirrel. It would be like having a candy bar or something.”
Fighting for Bella and Edward.
Peter Facinelli: “We trained for six weeks to take on the ‘newborns’ who are the bad vampires. We all loved the action stuff. My daughter came down and was watching one of the scenes. After we filmed it, I let her try. It was awesome. This 12-year-old girl was throwing this stunt guy across the room. That’s how good those guys make us look.”
The biggest fan magnet.
Kellan Lutz: “We’ve all stayed so down to earth, and it’s just funny to see life change for the people around us, especially Rob. It’s like when a fan lunges at him and you only see one bodyguard around, and then ten more jump out of the crowd where they’ve been hiding. God, it’s crazy to think about needing a bodyguard. But Rob can’t take any chances. He’s a heartthrob, but he’s also a great guy and we all love him because he hasn’t changed as a person.”
A strange Twi-hard encounter.
Kellan Lutz: “When we were filming in Oregon I was in my hotel room and there was a knock on the door. I thought it was my castmates because we were all going out to get some dinner. I had just gotten out of the shower and I grabbed a towel. Thank God I didn’t just throw open the door because I was practically naked. I heard voices going, ‘Emmett, we’re your fans’ and I could tell they were near tears. So I put 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.”
It’s all between the covers.
Ashley Greene: “I remember I read the first book in a day and a half and fell in love with it, and went right on to read the second and third. That’s when I understood why people are so totally into the story. I remember when I finally got cast, I was so ecstatic that I just burst into tears. I didn’t realize it was going to be such a huge deal until we started filming in Portland and my mom was like ‘Do you have a fan site yet?’ I was like, ‘People don’t know who I am.’ Now, everywhere there are screaming fans.”
Who’s your daddy?
Peter Facinelli: “I am in charge. We spent a lot of time together in rehearsals, a lot of time helping each other out. I think there’s a bond there because we all respected each other as actors. When I see them, they put a smile on my face. I have a profound love, like a family love, for all of the Cullens and for Bella and for Jacob. I just want to go over and give them a hug. I enjoy them. We did things together like they’d come over and play poker at the end of a day of filming.”