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Lion & Lamb Love Staff
You already know how “Twilight” has changed the lives of stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, who can thank the vampire franchise for their A-list status and lack of private lives. But what sort of impact have the films had on its supporting cast and the artists on the films’ soundtracks — other than earn them thousands of extra Twitter followers?
Here’s what some of the series’ actors — and singer Christina Perri, who sings the single “A Thousand Years” on the “Breaking Dawn — Part 1” soundtrack — had to say:
Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen): “I feel like not much hasn’t changed. I think the only thing that hasn’t changed are my core friends and family. I worked in a restaurant before I became part of ‘The Twilight Saga.’ I was trying to get a job, and landing one like this is crazy. To go from working at a restaurant to having an incredible fan base and doing press tours all over the world, it’s been amazing.”
Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen): “It opened up my fan base. It was kind of nice. A lot of fans of ‘Twilight’ went back and watched some of my other work and became fans of mine. Not just from ‘Twilight,’ but my whole body of work. These fan events are phenomenal. I’ve never seen anything like it. Movies like this come around once in a career. Even if you’re in a big movie, they’re not always cultural phenomenons. I feel lucky to be a part of it.”
Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale): “I got to take my family on our first family vacation in our whole life last year for Christmas. That obviously was because of ‘Twilight.’ I’ve gone all over the world, worked with incredible directors and I think I’ve grown as an actor. At least I hope I have. I also acquired a certain level of patience playing this character and waiting for ‘Breaking Dawn’ to come out.”
Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale): “It’s been wonderful (for my music career). The only thing I want to do with my music is have people dance and sing and have a good time. It’s all about the live show. If (‘Twilight’ fans) come and end up enjoying the live show — that’s what I’m hoping for.”
Charlie Bewley (Demetri): “It’s been a springboard toward what I want to do. I was in Vancouver when I got casted. Things were moving along, but this put me under a microscope a little bit. I was able to get a great agent, travel a lot and my bank balance wasn’t so low. I got to expand my horizons, really. Not to the extent some of these guys have experienced it, but it was a wonderful thing to come along.”
Christina Perri: “Because the soundtracks are really kind of epic now, I feel like people on them get global exposure. It’s bananas. You definitely have a shot at being really well-known. … Paramore had two songs on the (2008 ‘Twilight’) soundtrack, and I remember falling in love with them because of it.”
Source: Chicago Tribune
ShockYa: How did you get involved with the project? How did this fall in your lap? Did it fall in your lap?
Jackson Rathbone: Kind of, it was one of those things where Wonderland (Sound and Vision), McG’s company, found out I started my production company and I had just produced a film called “Girlfriend.” I produced this movie and it was kind of like this lovely independent gem where I acted, produced and composed the soundtrack. They brought me in, they showed me the project and they had already done a lot of work in pre-production on it. They gave me the pitch, asked me I wanted to be involved as a producer and an actor and I said yeah. I wanted to go out there and create something new, exciting and something more personal for the internet. I wanted to not just do a web series that looked and felt like a web series but we wanted to do a show that was aesthetically the same quality as a network television show. So we figured it out and put it all together and had an amazing time with it. We shot for eight days.
Added to the gallery are some pics of Jackson at the Ninth Annual Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party.
Added to the gallery thanks to JRO is a new shoot with The 100 Monkeys.
New Times: So you guys started this tour a little while ago, how’s it going for you?
100 Monkeys: Yeah we started about 3 weeks ago, and its just been great. Lots of energy from the crowds, and our fans are awesome. We have fans that travel all over the country following us to see multiple shows in different cities.
You recently came off a 100 city tour, what was that like?
Well we’re still trying to hit a bunch of the cities from that tour. A lot of the smaller places didn’t have venues big enough to hold everyone, so we’re going back through a lot of them and we’re just trying to play anywhere. Bowling alleys, roller skating rinks, you know wherever we can get our fans in.
Wow a rollerskating rink, you’d totally have to play on skates.
(laughs) Wow, that would be something. I’m not sure how we would do that, but we should try it. Yeah that’d be really out of control. Especially when we switch instruments.
So with such a crazy tour schedule, what is a typical day like for you guys?
Crazy. No seriously, it’s like wake up, play, sleep, and onto the next town. We can’t wait to get back to Florida, we’ve been there before and everyone is just real cool, laid back, and wants to have a good time.
You guys are really all about the fans. I mean you give out your hotel info and encourage them to stay there. Has that ever gotten out of hand?
Hahah whoa. You make it sound dirty, like some crazy slumber party. It’s more like we partner with hotels all over the country and they offer our fans a discounted rate. Sort of like a Groupon. A lot of our fans are really dedicated to our music, and they travel all over just to see us play. So we want to give back to them, because without them where would we be? Once in Detroit, we did have a pretty crazy party in the lobby. Jello shots, whip cream fights, cookies. But you know, we cleaned up after because we’re gentleman.
So I’ve been listening to the newest album Liquid Zoo, and in my opinion your sound is very Murder City Devils meets The Doors, and a little Johnny Cash. What would you compare yourselves to?
Wow, well you hit the nail on the head. But yeah, we listen to a lot of Motown, classic rock, and stuff from the past, so we like to draw our sound and inspiration from older bands. A lot of rock and roll and blues.
The song “Keep Awake” is pretty morbid, kind of makes me think about Patrick Bateman in American Psycho with Huey Lewis and The News. What movie killer could you picture humming that song while doing the deed?
The Joker. Definitely.
Liquid Zoo’s release was just a few weeks ago, what was the creative journey like for this album?
Well we’re always traveling and on the road. So we get a lot of inspiration from that. And in the process of recording, we would hangout at this local bar called Liquid Zoo, and the bartender would just let us go on stage and jam. We’d get loose and just go back to the studio and start recording. With this album we really wanted to capture that live energy that we have on stage. It’s really hard to duplicate that through a studio album, so it’s been a learning process. We played everything live and together in the studio except the vocals. It was definitely a new way to go, but we wanted to get that high energy that we have on stage expressed through this album.
Read More at New Times: HERE
Jackson Rathbone, the scruffy looker who plays Jasper in the Twilight series and member of the band 100 Monkeys, stopped by the Cosmo offices yesterday afternoon. In possibly related news, Cosmo staffers did not get a whole lotta work done yesterday afternoon.
We took him on a tour of the office—he commented on how nice it was to be around so many good-smelling women after being on a tour bus with a bunch of guys—then we sat him down to ask him questions you ladies came up with. (We asked our Twitter followers and Facebook fans to let us know what they were dying to ask Jackson. We chose a few of our favorites. So, if your Q is below you can pretty much tell people that you interviewed a Twilight star.)
Oh and by the way, when we told him that we were going to grill him, he was totally game, saying “I love a barbecue!”
You grew up with sisters so you probably have a good idea about how women’s minds work. But what’s the one thing you’ll never understand about us?
Everything having to do with grooming! Your need to put on makeup and wear fancy clothing. I think a girl looks good when she wakes up with nothing on her face.
What’s the craziest way a fan has gotten your attention?
It’s really weird when people just start yelling and running at you. It makes me want to yell and run—the other way. It’s just sort of my natural human reaction. But I’ve been in a bar when someone comes up to me and just says, “I enjoy your work.” It’s really nice. And that doesn’t make me want to run the other way.
What’s your number one dating dealbreaker?
It used to be a girl who was a vegetarian or vegan. But not anymore. Not that I’d ever become one. I love meat. And I’m a damn good cook. Now it’s finding out that a girl has a boyfriend. Once I was kissing this one girl and I sort of sensed something was off. I asked her if she was seeing someone and she said yes, but that he hadn’t put a ring on it. Come on.
Read more: HERE
Added to the gallery are some more stills of Jackson in ‘Aim High’.