EDGE speaks to the charismatic Rathbone on how he makes his vampire stand out and what he takes away from the whole “Twilight” experience.
EDGE: With all the other vampires in the Cullen clan, how did you make Jasper stand out among the pack?
Jackson Rathbone: Throughout the course of ’The Twilight Saga’, I really try to remove Jasper from the other characters in the sense that his own desires and motivations are far different. He is trying to fit in to this vegetarian vampire way of life for love, for the love of Alice. This is a character that is born in war. He has fought his entire life in the civil war when he was turned. He became the leader of vampire armies.
This is seen in ’Twilight: Eclipse.’ I really want to utilize that army training, that sensibility, duty and honor and really give Jasper that feeling, as opposed to having him be a flippant character that just enjoys being a vampire. I want him to show, stand a little straighter, talk a little more direct, and be kind of a quiet badass basically.
EDGE: How was your experience working with your fellow cast members?
Jackson Rathbone: The cast of the ’Twilight’ saga has been incredible. In the first couple of films, we really felt like we connected as a family. Nikki Reed is the godmother of my son. (She is married to ’American Idol’ contestant Paul McDonald.)
It is good to see them a lot. They live really close to me. We have all connected and I hope that these friendships last for years.