The Stars Of Twilight, Then & Now

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A decade ago today, Stephenie Meyer unleashed a force into the world. Fun fact: That force was almost called Forks. Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, right? Luckily, her agent talked her into changing the title of the saga of Edward the beautiful, sparkly vampire and his lady love Bella to Twilight, and a tale for the ages — or at least four books and five movies — was born.

Naturally, Twilight (2005), New Moon (2006), Eclipse (2007), and Breaking Dawn (2008) were destined to be adapted into a juggernaut film franchise. Like Harry Potter before it, The Twilight Saga became a global sensation, grossing over $1.3 billion at the box office.

Its stars were catapulted into the international spotlight in a way none of them were quite prepared for, especially the franchise's leads, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. The latter still gives interviews in which he recalls how Twihards forced him to become a recluse after Twilight hit theaters in 2008.

Stewart and Pattinson have managed to move past their Twilight fame, though. Some of the other actors who appeared in various installments of The Twilight Saga haven’t been as lucky (wherefore art thou, Taylor Lautner?). On this, the 10th anniversary of Twilight’s publication, we decided to check in and see how the cast members have changed since they first appeared in the saga.

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Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart): Twilight (2008)

Perhaps the biggest change you’ll notice between 2008 Kristen Stewart and 2015 Kristen Stewart is right here in the Vanity Fair Q&A she did ahead of Twilight’s release. She’s so open and willing to share information about her personal life, from who she’s dating to saying she “basically cast” Robert Pattinson as Edward. Miss you, unguarded 2008 Kristen Stewart.
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Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

In-between the first and last Twilight movies, Stewart took on a variety of roles that were a far cry from inert Bella Swan. She played manic pixie dream girl Em in Adventureland (2009), Joan Jett in The Runaways (2010), Marylou in On The Road (2012), and Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). She also continued to insist that despite her sullen-seeming appearance, she actually enjoys doing interviews.
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Kristen Stewart, 2015

In 2015, Stewart won France’s version of an Academy Award, a César, for her performance in Cloud of Sils Maria. She’s the first American actress to earn this honor. She also has a whole slew of movies coming up.
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Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson): Twilight (2008)

Pattinson’s acting CV was rather limited when he auditioned to play the immortal Edward Cullen, although he did have a tiny bit of experience with another franchise. When he was 17, Pattinson played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and he returned for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). By the time Pattinson started doing press for Twilight, it was already apparent he was a loose canon. Bless you, Robert Pattinson.
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Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

The big news about Breaking Dawn — Part 2 was that Pattinson and Stewart were forced to do interviews to promote the film together after the news broke that she’d cheated on him with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Hollywood is weird. He’s over it, though.
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Robert Pattinson, 2015

As of 2015, Pattinson is still acting, although he’s never taken on another role in a franchise and seems to prefer to do much smaller, independent films. He’s currently engaged to FKA twigs.
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Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner): Twilight (2008)

Before being cast to play werewolf Jacob Black in Twilight, Lautner was probably best known for playing Sharkboy in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005). There was a whole to-do about Lautner returning to play Jacob in New Moon (2009), but fans vehemently protested his recasting. Lautner packed on 30 pounds of muscle so he could keep the role, and that’s apparently why Jacob whips his shirt off at every possible chance in the movie.
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Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

After beefing up to keep playing Jacob, Lautner was positioned to be Hollywood’s next big action star. Unfortunately, fans were tepid about his first leading-man role in Abduction (2011). That was pretty much his only role besides the five Twilight films between 2008 and 2012. Oh, and he also appeared in Valentine’s Day (2010) as Taylor Swift’s character’s boyfriend. The two reportedly dated offscreen as well.
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Taylor Lautner, 2015

Lautner’s post-Twilight career has been...pretty nonexistent. In March 2015, The Hollywood Reporter published an article asking “What went wrong with Taylor Lautner’s career?” THR says Lautner once commanded a $7.5 million salary, but “the offers dried up after 2011’s Abduction.” That same month, Lautner told The New York Post he’d taken a breather. He does have upcoming projects, though. He’s appearing in another season of the British sitcom Cuckoo and Adam Sandler’s Netflix film The Ridiculous Six. Lautner is also an amateur photographer now, and he recently supported Kristen Stewart at the American Ultra premiere.
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Renesmee Cullen (Mackenzie Foy): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

Foy played the preternaturally beautiful and rapidly aging offspring of Edward and Bella, Renesmee Cullen. She called her costars Robert Pattinson “a big goofball” and Kristen Stewart “an incredibly hard worker.”
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Mackenzie Foy, 2015

The Twilight Saga was just the beginning for Foy. She played a young Jessica Chastain in 2014’s Interstellar and will voice The Little Girl in 2015’s The Little Prince. She also made waves when she showed up at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival looking like an actual princess.
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Jessica Stanley (Anna Kendrick): Twilight (2008)

You remember Anna Kendrick in Twilight, right? She played Jessica Stanley, Bella’s sort of frenemy and the valedictorian of their class.
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Jessica Stanley (Anna Kendrick): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 (2011)

Kendrick was cut from Breaking Dawn — Part 2, so the last time we see Jessica is when she’s wondering why Bella is getting married at 18 if she’s not pregnant in Breaking Dawn — Part 1. It’s because she’s so in love and wants to become a vampire, Jessica. Duh.

Oh, and between her first and last Twilight film appearances, Kendrick was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Up in the Air (2009). That might be why you don’t really think of her as being in Twilight.
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Anna Kendrick, 2015

Even though no one really associates Anna Kendrick with Twilight, what with her true star franchise being Pitch Perfect, it still gets stuck with her name for internet search value, like in this Independent headline. In addition to starring in a kajillion movies, Kendrick has also made a name for herself as a hilarious Twitter personality.
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Emmett Cullen (Kellan Lutz): Twilight (2008)

Sure, he was Emmett Cullen, but more importantly, he was Chris on The Comeback (2005 to 2014)!
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Emmett Cullen (Kellan Lutz): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

In case you thought he couldn’t get any more buff, Kellan Lutz got more buff. (Were you worried he couldn’t get more buff?)
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Kellan Lutz, 2015

After assuaging everyone’s fears that he could, indeed, pack on more muscle, Lutz has taken on roles such as Smilee in The Expendables 3 (2014) and Hercules in 2014’s The Legend of Hercules. At press time, we assume he is lifting weights.
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Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene): Twilight (2008)

Greene auditioned to play Bella, but ended up being cast as Alice Cullen. It was her first major film role.
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Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

In-between Twilight movies, Greene dabbled in both film and television, and her list of famous exes was also always publicly fodder.
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Ashley Greene, 2015

Greene continues to act and she’s also apparently workout buddies with Bradley Cooper.
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Jasper Hale (Jackson Rathbone): Twilight (2008)

Remember this guy? According to his IMDb profile, his trademark is that he “wears a variety of different types of hats.” We assume they mean it in the literal as opposed to the figurative way, because Rathbone does appear to love headwear.
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Jasper Hale (Jaskson Rathbone): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

In 2008, MTV predicted Rathbone’s career would explode once Twilight was released. When Breaking Dawn — Part 2 came out, he was relishing his new role as a father.
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Jackson Rathbone, 2013

Rathbone appears to have a few projects lined up in 2015 and 2016. He was recently cast on MTV’s Finding Carter.
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Rosalie Hale (Nikki Reed): Twilight (2008)

Long before she was cast as Rosalie Hale, Reed made a name for herself when she co-wrote and starred in Thirteen (2003), which was co-written directed by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke.
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Rosalie Hale (Nikki Reed): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

In addition to returning as Rosalie for The Twilight Saga’s final installment, Reed also recorded a song for the soundtrack, called “All I’ve Ever Needed,” with then-husband Paul McDonald.
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Nikki Reed, 2015

Reed will appear as Betsy Ross on Sleepy Hollow (2013 to present) in 2016. She married actor Ian Somerhalder in April 2015.
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Laurent (Edi Gathegi): Twilight (2008)

As misunderstood Laurent, Gathegi had a tough role to play in the first installment.
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Laurent (Edi Gathegi): The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

In 2009, Gathegi told MTV that he had but one regret about his time in The Twilight Saga: “never getting to sparkle in the sun.” That’s pretty much a general life regret for most people, though.
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Edi Gathegi, 2015

Gathegi will play a villain on this season of The Blacklist (2013 to present)
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James (Cam Gigandet): Twilight (2008)

As James the villainous vampire, Edi Gathegi called Gigandet the “lone ranger” of the bunch.
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Cam Gigandet, 2015

Gigandet seems to have found a niche for himself playing the love interest in movies like Burlesque (2010) and The Roommate (2011). He’s currently filming The Magnificent Seven (2016) and is expecting his third child with fiancée Dominique Geisendorff.
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Esme Cullen (Elizabeth Reaser): Twilight (2008)

Reaser played the matriarch of the Cullen clan.
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Esme Cullen (Elizabeth Reaser): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

In-between Twilight installments, Reaser took a turn on The Good Wife, where she played Tammy Linnata from 2010 to 2012.
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Elizabeth Reaser, 2015

After playing the mysterious waitress who sends Don Draper (Jon Hamm) on a cross-country road trip in the final season of Mad Men (2007 to 2015), Reaser will next star in Ouija 2.
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Dr. Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli): Twilight (2008)

Many fans were originally opposed to Can’t Hardly Wait’s (1998) lead jerk Mike Dexter playing the compassionate patriarch of the Cullen clan, but he won them over by saying he’s Team Edward.
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Dr. Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

Facinelli already had a series regular role on Nurse Jackie (2009 to 2015) by the time The Twilight Saga ended, and he also made a few appearances on Glee in 2013 and 2014.
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Peter Facinelli, 2015

Facinelli appeared in NBC’s American Odyssey (2015), which wasn’t renewed for a second season. He’s engaged to actress Jaimie Alexander.
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Jane Volturi (Dakota Fanning): The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

As part of the evil Volturi guard, Jane is sent to capture Edward.
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Jane Volturi (Dakota Fanning): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

In-between Twilight installments, Fanning co-starred in The Runaways (2010) with Kristen Stewart.
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Dakota Fanning, 2015

Fanning is currently attending NYU in-between shooting movies.
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Benjamin (Rami Malek): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

Malek played Benjamin, a member of the Egyptian coven of vampires who befriends and supports the Cullens against the Volturi.
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Rami Malek, 2015

Malek’s career took off this past summer thanks to his starring turn in USA’s Mr. Robot.
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Aro Volturi (Michael Sheen): The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

Sheen stars as Aro, the leader of the evil Volturi coven.
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Aro Volturi (Michael Sheen): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

It’s still somewhat hard to believe that Michael flippin’ Sheen was in The Twilight Saga, but he was. He really liked playing the “all-out crazy Aro,” though.
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Michael Sheen, 2015

Sheen currently stars as Dr. William Masters on Showtime’s Masters of Sex (2013-present).
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Charlie Swan (Billy Burke): Twilight (2008)

He played Bella’s somewhat estranged father, who’s forced to reconnect with his daughter after she decides to move in with him when her mother remarries.
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Charlie Swan (Billy Burke): The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (2012)

“I’ve loved playing basically the only guy in the entire storyline who has no idea what’s going on,” Burke joked about his role to The A.V. Club in September 2012.
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Billy Burke, 2015

Burke played Mitch Morgan on CBS’ summer series Zoo, which was just renewed for season 2.
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Victoria Sutherland (Rachelle Lefevre): Twilight (2008)

Lefevre played an evil vampire in the first two installments of the saga.
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Victoria Sutherland (Rachelle Lefevre): The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

No one was more surprised than Lefevre to find out that her time in Twilight was coming to an end with New Moon. She was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), and no one could really get a straight answer as to why — not even Lefevre herself.
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Rachelle Lefevre, 2015

Lefevre has moved on from the Twilight controversy, appearing in shows like Under the Dome (2013 to 2015) and movies like White House Down (2013).
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