How the Actors Who Played in the Twilight Saga 13 Years Ago Have Changed
13 years have passed since the release of the first part of this famous romantic saga. Some actors continue to act in movies, while others dedicate more time to their families. Nikki Reed, for example, who portrayed Rosalie, chose a vocation as an environmental activist.
At Bright Side, we decided to find out what the actors, whose characters we loved so much, are doing now and how they have changed.
Mackenzie Foy — Renesmee Cullen
Mackenzie Christine Foy received a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor for the role of young Murphy in the 2014 space epic Interstellar, among other award nominations. Foy began modeling at the age of 3, and started acting at 9. She still works as an actress but she hasn’t neglected other important things like school, art classes, and Taekwondo.
Robert Pattinson — Edward Cullen
34-year-old Robert Pattinson, who we know thanks to the roles of the charming Cedric Diggory from the Harry Potter film series and the gentle Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga, has continued his successful acting career. But now he chooses more serious parts. In 2020, for example, Pattinson starred in the Hollywood blockbuster Tenet, and the psychological thriller The Devil All the Time. And in 2022, he will be starring in the action movie The Batman.
Ashley Greene — Alice Cullen
Ashley Greene, who played Edward’s sister, began her career working in restaurants, but after the role of Alice, she built up a lot of fans. Since 2010, she has been the face of Avon’s youth-focused brand Mark, and in 2011-2012, she also collaborated with DKNY.
Jackson Rathbone — Jasper Hale
Apart from acting, Jackson Rathbone is in the band 100 Monkeys and writes songs. The band, founded by his school friends, has released a few albums. After taking part in the saga, Rathbone tried himself as the producer of several films and TV series, and he and his wife are currently raising 3 kids.
Cam Gigandet — James
After taking part in Twilight, the actor was in a duet with Christina Aguilera in the musical Burlesque. In general, Cam prefers spending more time with his family and chooses his future projects carefully.
Nikki Reed — Rosalie Hale
Kellan Lutz — Emmet Cullen
The role of Emmet is one of the most prominent in Kellan Lutz’s acting career. He’s taken part in a few other movies afterward. Since 2020, he has been participating in the FBI: Most Wanted TV series. And in February 2021, he became a father.
Billy Burke — Charlie Swan
Apart from acting, Billy Burke is also a musician. In 2010, he fulfilled his dream and released his first CD with songs that he composed himself. Billy regularly takes part in different TV series, shows, and movies. In the comedy-drama Divine Access, he not only played one of the characters but also produced this movie.
Anna Kendrick — Jessica Stanley
Anna Kendrick portrayed Bella’s friend and became one of the most successful actresses in the saga. She picked up an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in Up in the Air (2009) before fronting the musical comedy franchise Pitch Perfect. Another movie where Anna demonstrated her vocal talent was Into the Woods where she played Cinderella. And in 2020, Anna starred in the sci-fi thriller Stowaway.
Christian Serratos — Angela Weber
Christian’s role as Angela Weber in Twilight won her the “Young Supporting Actress” award in the Best Performance in a Feature Film category at the 30th Young Artist Awards. After that, you could see her in the popular TV series The Walking Dead. Christian is an animal activist. She has posed for a number of PETA campaigns promoting a vegan lifestyle. In 2017, the actress became a mother.
Kristen Stewart — Bella Swan
Actress Kristen Stewart was best known to mainstream audiences as Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga. Thanks to this, she became one of the world’s highest-paid actresses in 2010. In 2015, Stewart won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress in the drama Clouds of Sils Maria, becoming the first American actress to receive a nomination in 30 years. Currently, the actress continues to take part in many movie projects.
Michael Sheen — Aro
During the early years of his career, Michael Sheen worked mainly in theatre, but in the 2000s he became a screen actor. After portraying Aro Volturi, he demonstrated his excellent acting skills in Hamlet, which was well-received by critics. Besides, the actor tried his hand in film production. Good Omens, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, was recently released.
Dakota Fanning — Jane
The Twilight Saga is not the only movie project where you can see Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart together. In 2010, the actresses starred in the biopic The Runaways about the rock band from the 1970s. Fanning continues to take part in TV series and movies. She was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for her role as Manson girl Squeaky Fromme in the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Rami Malek — Benjamin
After taking part in the last movie of the saga, Rami Malek played in movies and TV series like Mr. Robot, Oldboy, and Need for Speed. For his role in Mr. Robot, he received several nominations and awards, including an Emmy. But, of course, the actor was mostly praised for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury. He was also seen in the drama film The Master which earned positive reviews, even though it was a financial failure.
MyAnna Buring — Tanya
MyAnna Buring, who played a vampire from the friendly Denali coven, later starred in the acclaimed TV series Downton Abbey. And the pregnancy of her heroine in several episodes of TV series In the Dark coincided with her own pregnancy. Since 2019, the fans of fantasy series The Witcher have been able to see her play the part of the main sorceress — Tissaia de Vries.
Elizabeth Reaser — Esme Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser began her acting career in a theater, and later she was noticed and began to be invited to play in movies and TV shows. Before Twilight, the actress could be seen in the TV series Grey’s Anatomy. After that, she got roles in the TV series The Good Wife and Bonnie & Clyde. In 2017, she starred in the mini-series Manhunt: Unabomber, playing the role of Ellie Fitzgerald.
Peter Facinelli — Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Peter Facinelli was famous long before the release of The Twilight Saga. During one of his interviews, the actor said that he was grateful to Twilight for the experience and the time spent. He felt fortunate because he looked so different in that film that he didn’t get “attached” to Carlisle Cullen, so he didn’t feel like it was something he had to pack away or hide from to reinvent himself. However, Facinelli decided to slightly limit his work geographically for a while: currently, he only accepts projects filmed in Los Angeles in order to be closer to his family and his daughters.
Taylor Lautner — Jacob Black
Taylor Lautner is best known for playing the role of Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga film series, having gained prominence as a teenage heartthrob. A martial arts enthusiast, Lautner is also extremely passionate about football, baseball, jazz, and hip-hop dance. Later he co-starred with Taylor Swift in Valentine’s Day. Despite the fact that not all of his movies have received positive reviews (e.g. Abduction, 2011), Lautner continues to develop his acting career.
Rachelle Lefevre — Victoria
Rachelle only starred in the first 2 parts of the saga (she was later replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard), but she conquered fans’ hearts with her acting. And it’s well-deserved because she got herself thoroughly prepared: she studied the behavior of lions in order to better understand the habits of predators. Among her other works are roles in the movie Casino Jack starring Kevin Spacey, and the Under the Dome TV series, based on a novel of the same name by Stephen King.
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