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Twilight: Meet the Cullens

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

Vampire family

Who's who in the Twilight vampire family?

Dr Carlisle Cullen

In Twilight, Peter Facinelli is the patriarch of the Cullen clan, Carlyle Cullen.

On his look:
"There was a week of makeup testing. The makeup team was phenomenal and the actors were very patient. They had this kind of gadget from Japan that was kind of an ionizer, right?" he asks he costars on the panel.

After nodding and giggling, Facinelli continues. "The weird thing was when they put the makeup on you, you would get shocked. It was one of those things you have to be careful. Again, it was early in the morning so it did wake you up quite a bit. That was fun. The other part of the transformation for me was blonde in a bottle. That could a good day at the salon. Some of us had to go back to the salon more than others," he says and winks. "It was high maintenance, but it was a fun transformation. It was fun seeing myself looking so different."

Vampire family

On creating his onscreen family:
"We spend a lot of time with each other in rehearsals helping each other out. The bond was we all respected each other as actors and each other as people. We really all enjoy each other's company. When I see all of them, I just smile. I think we're all that way," he says. Everyone nods and smiles. "We have a true family love for all the Cullens…and Edward and Jacob. When I see this cast, I just want to give them a hug."

On Twilight fan reaction:
"I was on this floating deck in Hawaii," says Facinelli. "I had my two-year-old daughter [one of his three children with 90210 alum Jennie Garth] napping on my shoulder. Some girl swam out there and said, 'Are you Doctor Carlisle?' Out of nowhere in Hawaii. I'm like, 'Yeah.'"

On his kids' reaction:
"They like it," he says.

When Facinelli entered his house after going blond, as millions of toddlers would do, his two kids knew daddy was home and never noticed his hair's hue. "When I first dyed my hair blond, I walked in the house and asked, 'What do you think?' They said, 'About what?'"

Esme Cullen

Elizabeth Reaser plays the matriarch of the Cullen clan, Esme Cullen.

On how Esme landed in the Cullen clan:
"I think that back story was pretty specific in the books. With her tragic life and Carlisle saving her, she's really loving and warm character which was easy to conjure up with all these cute little nuggets around me," she says as they all laugh. Although not a mother, Reaser found the instinct through her own personal familial bond. "I have three nephews. Three little guys, I thought about them a lot. It's kind of fun to have them call me mom."

Up next...Meet Twilight's Emmett and Rosalie Cullen

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