With thousands of screaming fans greeting the cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 in San Diego for the last Comic-Con — the fantasy/super hero conference that launched the start of the Twilight fan craze just four years ago — the mood was bittersweet as we bid goodbye to the vampire phenomenon that swept the globe.
Two of the hottest vamps in the series, Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone, stopped to talk to SheKnows about what’s next for their careers after this amazing and very unique experience.
“It was very overwhelming the first year,” says Lutz, who plays Emmett Cullen in the Twilight series. Due to star in the new action adventure Tarzan, out in 2013, this 27-year-old actor says his life will never be the same thanks to Twilight. He’s thankful for the fans and says that if he’s on Twitter, he will definitely tweet back. That’s good news, ladies. Give Kellan a shout-out, and you never know, he might be online and answer you. We’re definitely going to give it a try.
“I just finished Tarzan which we shot in Munich,” says Lutz, who spent a good amount time pre-shoot working on his quad muscles for fear he’d have to be in a loincloth like all the other Tarzans.
He tells the story of beefing up. “I’m working out my legs, trying to get my legs in shape…” he says. “But I didn’t have to do that, I just had to wear a Power Ranger-esque suit with some dots on my face in a non-jungle environment with 60 cameras all around me.” Wow! That’s some King of the Jungle. Can’t wait to see it.
Lutz’s partner-in-crime, Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper Hale in the series, has a lot on his plate post-Twilight as well. He and his girlfriend, Sheila Hafsadi, who he met on tour with his band 100 Monkeys, welcomed a baby boy on July 5. Jackson is a dad for less than a week, and he still comes out to greet his Twilight fans. That’s some dedication.
Standing on the balcony of the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego, we could hear screaming fans eleven stories below. After peering over the balcony, we asked if Jackson was afraid of heights. Nope, not this fearless vamp, although he did admit to being afraid of one thing. Spiders.
“I don’t like killing them,” the 27-year-old actor says. “I like to try to capture them and escort them outside.”
After Rathbone escorts a few spiders out the door, he plans to spend the summer being a dad to his new baby and writing his passion project. What’s the script about? “It’s old myths that I put in a modern context, and it’s set in New York,” he says. And, it’s not just writing that has inspired this young actor. He also wants to direct.
Despite the spiders, Tarzan and the new baby, we suspect the dark and mysterious world of Twilight will always hold a close place in the hearts of these guys. But just to be sure, maybe you should tweet to double check. Give some fan love and you could get something back.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 releases in theaters November 16.
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