LA Times Interview with the 'Cullens'

(photo: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

The LA Times took some time to sit with Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, and Elizabeth Reaser to discuss what the fans should expect from the Cullen clan in Twilight Saga: Eclipse. They also got to talk about reasons behind the infamous battle scene.

"The whole family is in a vulnerable position because of the love we have for Bella," said Elizabeth Reaser, who plays matriarch Esme Cullen. "If she's not OK, we're not OK."

It also brings us to the past, where we were introduced to the Cullens and their special talents. We even got a glimpse at their professional baseball playing, but in
Eclipse delves deeper into what really makes the clan something special.

"This time around, you get to see their true vampire-ness," said Peter Facinelli, who plays head vampire Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the series based on the bestselling books by Stephenie Meyer.

So what we can expect from this family of vampires in this third installment?


"For me, as Carlisle, it's an exciting portion of the series. Carlisle is very compassionate and he has a lot of killing to do in this movie. I joke, after he kills the bad guys, he says he's sorry in his head. And, you know, he's calm and level-headed. He's the rock of the family. He usually has a lot of information to draw from because Alice can see into the future and Edward can read minds. In this third movie, he's not getting that information. Neither one of his sources are working, so he's kind of flying blind."


"Esme is still a vampire. She still wants to kill people all day long. It was interesting to get in touch with the vampire side of her in ways that haven't really been explored. Her family is in danger and that brings out the mama bear in her.

Ashley Greene (as Alice Cullen

): "Yeah, she's delicate and prissy at times, but Alice gets a little edgier with each installment. And with these vampires messing with her family and the people she loves, you're going to see a bit of her toughness. It's a reminder to the audience that even though we restrain ourselves at times, we're still vampires and we're dangerous. You're going to see the dark, dangerous side of Alice."

Kellan Lutz

(as Emmett Cullen): "You're going to see a smile on Emmett's face from start to finish. He just loves to fight. And there's a lot of fighting. He sort of plays bigger in this one than the others."

Jackson Rathbone

(as Jasper Hale): "You'll get to see a little bit of the root of what makes Jasper so withdrawn and quiet in the Cullen family. Fans will get some of Jasper's back story in
‘Eclipse.' I got to wear the whole Civil War gear and everything. There's a bit of the softer and darker side of Jasper in this film."

Nikki Reed

(as Rosalie Hale): "You see a reason for her attitude. I think fans will feel for her. There was a bit of that in ‘New Moon.' Fans got to see a bit of her sensitive side. Her sane side. Her logical side. And her desire to help her family. This time around, she is much more of a participant. She's a survivor. This is her family. So if protecting Bella means protecting her family, she's going to do it."

Robert Pattinson

(as Edward Cullen): Snagging a phone interview with the brooding dreamboat — who was overseas shooting his latest film, "Bel Ami" — proved difficult. So what can we expect from the lovesick Edward? He promises to love Bella "every moment of forever," as the trailer reveals. He's still hesitant about her becoming a vampire. He's determined to protect her from Victoria. And he's vying with Jacob for her affections. Oh, the life of an antique teenage vampire.

Read the entire article

Source: LA Times

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Comment by Beth F Brownell on April 30, 2010 at 1:39pm
I hope they give us a lot of Jasper's scenes. Like when he is teaching the vamps and the wolves how to fight. You know Jasper is going to be bloody well leading the whole pack into the fight with the newborns. He is the trained fighter of the Cullens.
Comment by Samantha Joanne Musgrove on April 30, 2010 at 2:21pm
Wow, thanks for the info, i can't wait!
Comment by Elizabeth Cullen on April 30, 2010 at 3:29pm
I loved the photo!!!
Comment by ♥debra♥ on April 30, 2010 at 6:01pm
Oh this is great! Glad to see he has a sense of humor as well.
Comment by Ixy on April 30, 2010 at 8:03pm
I can't wait till June..!! thanks for the interview it's great..!!
Comment by Ronlyn James on May 1, 2010 at 7:22pm
Thank you Alison and Twifans for all the posts and updates that you bring to us on your wonderful site. Can't wait for Eclipse!!! Stay safe everyone! THANK U VERY MUCH!!!....
Comment by Ruth taylor Bollinger on May 2, 2010 at 8:51am
love it
Comment by мяѕ•ℓаυтиея☼ on May 3, 2010 at 8:29am
xD nice interview!!!
Comment by Amanda Walden on May 3, 2010 at 12:08pm
Thank you Alison. You are my favorite person to get email from!


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