Jackson Rathbone is literally in the TWILIGHT of his career—and that’s a good thing for the 25-year-old actor. The first film based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling book series opened to big business last November and ended up grossing more than $190 million at the U.S. box office. In the second film, NEW MOON, THE GOLDEN COMPASS’ Chris Weitz takes over for Catherine Hardwicke as director, but Bella, Edward and the rest of the Cullen clan return. The eagerly awaited movie doesn’t debut until November 20, but Rathbone (who plays Jasper Hale, a member of the Cullen family) has a few things to say about making the first film and what to expect in the sequel—including the introduction of the werewolves.
“TWILIGHT was one of Summit’s first films [as a fully independent studio],” he says while relaxing on the set of a forthcoming project. “So it was like a bigger-budget indie movie, and it felt like an indie film—just the way we were all making the film together and the way Catherine Hardwicke directs. It was a really fun vibe on the set. It was also a little bit stressful because as we kept filming, the press and the fans kept getting more into it and all these websites started popping up and TWILIGHT Moms and all these things. It was amazing. It was like, ‘Oh, wow! This is going to be something else.’