NEW Jackson Rathbone Interview With USA Today!

November 15, 2011

Jackson Rathbone chatted with USA TODAY about his Southern sensibility, his dedication to the arts and answers fans’ Twitter questions.

Q: What has the Twilight experience been like?

A: It’s definitely been this kind of amazing roller coaster. … I remember first getting on this ride, we didn’t really know what to expect. But then when it started going, we saw everything pop off in terms of fan sites, and media notice. It started getting kind of stalker-ish. People knocking on hotel room doors, and everything, and that was all within the first month and a half. We were young; we didn’t really know what we were getting into. Now, four years later, it’s been amazing looking back at it. It’s one of those things where you never really knew where you were going, but now you get here and you look back at the ride and you’re like, “That was quite an interesting trip.”

Q: How did you get into acting?

A: When I was about 13 years old, my family moved to Midland, Texas, and my older sisters had been doing theater and I was having trouble making friends. I was in sixth grade and kind of at that age where people are hitting puberty and everybody’s kind of weird with one another. My parents were like, “Why don’t you do theater with your sisters?” I got involved and I did behind-the-scenes work. I built sets, I did lighting and once I saw that all the other guys in the theater troupe, the actors, were getting more attention from the girls, I was tempted to try out for the next production. I did and I got the role of Doody in the musical Grease. For that, I had to learn how to sing and dance and play guitar. Ever since then, I just kind of fell in love with all the arts.

Q: How did youland the role in Twilight?

A: It was just like any other job. The audition location was very close to where I was living at the time, so I walked there with my guitar, waited in the lobby just strumming away. I met Catherine (Hardwicke, director) and her and I just really hit it off right off the bat. Then when she offered me the role, I was like, “Cool, man.” It was just another job; just like a normal gig.

Q: What’s your friendship like with your Twilight co-stars?

A: Nikki Reed and I are real close. Ashley (Greene) and I have always been good friends. The last day of filming, we wrapped around 1:30, 2 a.m., and I went back to the hotel for late-night drinks with Peter Facinelli and Elisabeth Reaser. After I had drinks with them, I went out and had 5 a.m. room service and whatever drinks were left with Kellan (Lutz) and Ashley. I’ve been blessed with an amazing cast.

Q: Were you at Nikki’s recent wedding to American Idol alum Paul McDonald?

A: I was. It was a very private affair; very beautiful.

Q: What was it like to see Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) marry in Breaking Dawn?

A: It was amazing. I guess I’m a romantic, and I’m a sucker for weddings. I think they’re beautiful. Over the course of filming Twilight, I’ve actually missed a lot of my cousins’ weddings. So for me to finally see the marriage of these two characters, that have become so real, it really felt like your family is getting married. It was one of those moments as an actor where everything else falls away, and you don’t even feel like you have to act.

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