On November 21, 2008, Twilight ushered in the era of the sexy vampire. Based on the wildly successful series of books (the first one in the trilogy was published in 2005) by Stephenie Meyer, the Twilight series proved an instant smash hit and box office success — even if critics didn’t immediately warm up to it. While the world was swooning over Bella and Edward's complicated romance, the cast of the films became equally beloved. Stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson hit the A-list instantly, and even the supporting vamps (and werewolves, and humans) were stalked by the paparazzi. It was quite a time to be undead.
Yet, while Twilight certainly proved a boost to the career of nearly everyone involved, it wasn't always so sunny in Forks, WA. One can't talk about the phenomenon that was Twilight without also acknowledging that a nearly instant, insane level of fame has a price. As these stars were rising through Hollywood's ranks, rumors about them started to swirl in the celebrity gossip ether. Speculation of offscreen drama plagued the stars, even when said drama was completely fabricated. (Hmm, crazy how that works.)