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.
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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 release, 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, 2018

After her blockbuster franchise ended in 2012, Stewart tended to favor smaller movies which garnered her critical acclaim. In 2015, Stewart became the first American actress to win a Cesar at France’s most prominent film awards show, for her supporting role in Cloud of Sils Maria. After starring opposite her Adventureland co-star Jesse Eisenberg in both 2015’s American Ultra and 2016’s Cafe Society, she played a guard at Guantanamo Bay in 2016’s Camp X-Ray, and a haunted woman in 2017’s Personal Shopper.

Stewart — whose real-life relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson was scrutinized endlessly during her Twilight years — publicly came out on the Saturday Night Live stage in 2017, declaring herself “like, so gay.” She has since stated that she prefers to keep her sexuality ambigious and is currently dating model Stella Maxwell.
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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, 2018

Like Stewart, Pattinson has stayed away from movies of the Twilight scale and instead focused on smaller indies. He really earned critics (and Pete Davidson’s) approval when he starred in Good Time, a film about a small-time criminal who has to save his brother from jail.

He currently has several films in the works, including Waiting for the Barbarians, opposite Johnny Depp and Taylor Swift’s boo Joe Alwyn. He was previously in a long-term relationship with 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, 2018

The werewolf heartthrob tried his hand at big action movies in the past, but has actually found recent work in comedy. In addition to appearing in films like The Ridiculous 6, he starred on season 2 of Fox’s horror-comedy Scream Queens and took over as the star of sitcom Cuckoo after Andy Samberg departed.
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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, 2018

Bella and Edward’s rapidly-growing child’s career didn’t stand still after Twilight. She appeared in films like 2013’s The Conjuring and 2014’s Interstellar. This year, she stars in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. In March of 2018, she reunited with her onscreen mom Stewart at a pre-Oscars bash.
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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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Anna Kendrick, 2018

Kendrick’s career totally blew up after Twilight, despite the fact that her role was pretty small in the franchise. Before she was the Anna Kendrick, the actress scored an Oscar nod for her role in 2009’s Up In The Air. In addition to leading the Bellas in the Pitch Perfect franchise (of which a fourth film may be on its way!), the actress starred in musical films like Into the Woods and The Last Five Years, as well as comedies like Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Table 19. In 2018, she played a mommy blogger who uncovers what really happened to her missing, mysterious friend in Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor.

Kendrick is also an author. In 2016, she published a collection of autobiographical essays, titled Scrappy Little Nobody.
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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, 2018

After Twilight, Lutz appeared in films like Money, The Osiris Child, and Guardians of the Tomb. He’ll next appear in What Men Want with Taraji P. Henson. In his personal life, the dog lover is married to health coach Brittany Lynn Lutz.

Lutz also created National Vision Board Day, which you can next celebrate (?) January 12, 2019.
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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, 2018

After Twilight, the former Alice — who is decidedly less pale in person — appeared in films like Wish I Was Here and Staten Island Summer before joining the cast of Audience Network’s Rogue, which ran from 2016 to 2017.
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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 (Jackson 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, 2018

The actor and musician appeared on season 2 of MTV’s Finding Carter in 2015 and had an arc on The Last Ship in 2017. In 2019, he will appear in horror movie Do Not Reply.
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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, 2018

The former Cullen married a fellow onscreen vampire, The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder, in 2015. In 2017, the couple welcomed first child Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder. The actress, who has a passion for animals, had an arc on Sleepy Hollow from 2015 to 2016, where she appeared as Betsy Ross.
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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, 2018

The actor played Matias Solomon on The Blacklist and its spin-off, Blacklist: Redemption, from 2015 to 2017. From 2016 to 2018, he played Ronald Dacey on Sony Crackle series StartUp.
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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, 2018

The actor, who appeared in films like The Roommate and Burlesque, starred on the series Reckless in 2014, and returned to the small screen again for the Audience Network’s Ice from 2016 and 2018. He has three children with partner 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, 2018

After arcs on shows like The Good Wife and Mad Men, Reaser went on to star in Ouija: Origin of Evil in 2016. In 2017, she played Ellie Fitzgerald in mini-series Manhunt: Unabomber. Apparently, true crime was her thing, because she also starred in 2017 series Law & Order: True Crime in a season dedicated to the Menendez Brothers. Her Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House, dropped on the streaming service in October of 2018.
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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, 2018

The one-time patriarch of the Cullen family has mostly worked in TV since the end of the Twilight franchise. In addition to continuing his series regular role on Nurse Jackie until the show’s end in 2015, he had a 2014 arc on Glee, starred in 2015’s short-lived series American Odyssey, and appeared on Supergirl in 14 episodes between 2015 and 2016. Most recently, he recurred on CBS’ S.W.A.T.
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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, 2018

After playing eternally-young vamp Jane, former child star Fanning appeared in a ton of films, most of which skewed towards an indie sensibility, such as 2013 dramedy Very Good Girls, 2014 murder mystery Every Secret Thing, and 2016’s ‘60s-set American Pastoral, based on the Philip Roth novel. In 2018, she starred on TNT’s crime drama The Alienist, and is set to play the protagonist in Kirsten Dunst’s adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.
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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, 2018

After his turn in Twilight, Malek skyrocketed to fame with USA Network’s acclaimed drama Mr. Robot, for which he earned a Best Actor Emmy in 2016. He stars as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
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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

Shortly after the Twilight franchise’s end, Sheen starred in Showtime’s period drama Masters of Sex, which ran from 2013 to 2016. He also appeared in the Academy Award-nominated Frost/Nixon, the Reese Witherspoon rom-com Home Again in 2016, and he currently stars in Netflix original film Apostle, out October 2018. The actor, who was romantically attached to Sarah Silverman from 2014 to 2017, will next star in mini-series Good Omens.
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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, 2018

After Twilight, Burke headed for the small screen. He starred on apocalypse drama Revolution from 2012 to 2014 and animal-revenge thriller Zoo from 2015 to 2017. From 2015 to 2018 he recurred on Major Crimes, reprising the role of Phillip Stroh, which he portrayed on the show’s predecessor The Closer.
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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, 2018

Lefevre moved on to TV after exiting the Twilight franchise prior to the third film. She starred on ABC’s short-lived medical drama Off The Map in 2011, before appearing as a doctor again in the also short-lived 2012 CBS series A Gifted Man. From 2013 to 2015, she starred in CBS’ Stephen King adaptation Under The Dome. In 2017, the actress appeared in Lifetime’s euthanasia drama Mary Kills People and in an episode of Amazon anthology series Electric Dreams.
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