Jackson Rathbone is a young actor quickly compiling some notable genre credits: S. DARKO, the upcoming cinematic adaptation of Clive Barker’s DREAD and, of course, the TWILIGHT saga, in which he plays Jasper Hale, the Cullen family member who can manipulate emotions. In Part One of this interview, which you can find here, he discussed making the first movie and the upcoming sequel NEW MOON (due out November 20). In Part Two, he offers his thoughts on the change of directors from Catherine Hardwicke to Chris Weitz (THE GOLDEN COMPASS) as well as his second career as a musician.

“What’s funny is that when everyone returned for the first day of filming NEW MOON, the entire cast was in [actor] Peter Facinelli’s room, and it was like a family reunion,” Rathbone says. “It felt like we had only been away for a month; it didn’t seem like a year. So it was really nice to get back together and be in that family environment. In terms of having a new director, nothing really changed too much. There was a different subtle vibe, because the director manages the energy off the set. But it was great. We all wanted to come together and make a great work of art for the fans, because it’s about what they want to see.”

When he’s not acting, Rathbone stays busy playing in 100 Monkeys, an old-school rock-and-roll/blues/funk group. The band has released several singles on iTunes and is about to start work on their first feature-length album. “The band just did a signing at Barnes & Noble for our new single, and lots of people mentioned, ‘Oh, I saw the NEW MOON trailer. It looks amazing. I’m really excited about it.’ I get lots of fan mail, and it’s very sweet, and so many people are talking about the trailer and how cool it is and how excited they are to see the movie.

“It’s one of those things where the trailer drops and suddenly the film has more reality to it,” Rathbone continues. “The fans are like, ‘Yeah, NEW MOON is coming out. They’re still making it. That’s great.’ And that’s only the beginning. They didn’t show the entire thing. NEW MOON is going to be an action-packed movie. And then there’s the love story. The film has lots of elements that people have been waiting to sink their teeth into. Sorry, I had to use that pun!”

If given the opportunity, would Rathbone like to have his band on the NEW MOON soundtrack? “Oh, we would love it. It’s not something we’re really pushing for, but if they want to put our song on the album, hey, I’m not going to complain!”

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