Twilight actor Jackson Rathbone also caught up with Celebrity Baby Scoop while learning about the Go Campaign, which improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children worldwide. He shared what it is like being a dad to his two-year-old son, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, with wife Sheila.
“I have a two-year-old boy,” he said. “Being a father is the greatest thing…it’s like being a part of a club that you always knew existed, but you never really knew what the membership was about. It’s the most rewarding and most wonderful thing I’ve ever done–the best piece of art I’ve ever made.”
He also shared one of his funniest fatherhood experiences.
“So they make baby-changing tables where the baby is in front of you, sideways. Just make sure that when you change your infant at first, you don’t point the butt at you. [laughs] You see, it seems like that is the easier access point, as you want to make sure the baby is clean, but that’s also the access point where it could fire and projectile towards your body. It has happened to me at 4 a.m. in the morning…I am just in my boxers and it’s 4 a.m. in the morning and it got on the wall, on me, on the carpet, and on him. I just took a moment and was like, what do I even clean first?! Where do I start at this point? [laughs] So I called to my wife and said, ‘Sheila, please, you have to help me!’ She came in and just started laughing.”
And what is his greatest tip for new dads?
“They say ‘happy wife, happy life,” Jackson said. “I am just going to go with that. Honestly, if you are about to be a new father, it’s a lot easier. It comes so naturally. That’s one thing they don’t tell you–you can read every single book there is, but none of the books tell you how seamless the transition to being a father is. You see your kid and the whole world changes for the better.”
The Twilight actor raves about the “Wrecking Ball” singer’s iHeartRadio show in Las Vegas…but does he consider himself a Smiler?
Jackson Rathbone really wants a playmate for 16-month-old son Monroe. So, it sounds like the pressure is on his new bride Sheila Hafsadi — or perhaps it’s on his Twilight costar Nikki Reed!
“Nikki will be an amazing mom,” Rathbone, 28, told PEOPLE Monday at the opening of Planet Hollywood’s Twilight Forever Fan Experience exhibit in New York.
“We’re trying to infect her with baby fever so we can have an amazing kid for Monroe to play with. We want him to have a little buddy.”
Hafsadi could provide that too, of course — and in fact, Rathbone wouldn’t mind adding two little buddies.
“I grew up with all girls, so if I had a little daughter that would be amazing,” he says. “But either way, I don’t mind. We kind of hope that we’ll have twins, a little boy and girl. That way we have them both done and that’s it!”
Jackson Rathbone talks about life before and after “Twilight” and dishes about his co-stars.
To promote the upcoming release of the Twilight box set, Jackson appeared on Pix11 for an interview. Check it out below!
The Twilight Forever Experience kicks off exclusively in the big apple today. This is all to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Summit Entertainment’s blockbuster epic and the eagerly enticipated DVD and blu-ray box set release of “Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga.”
The stars of the film, including Jackson Rathbone who stopped by our show this morning to fill us in on what’s in store. Planet Hollywood Times Square (1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036) will host an exclusive fan celebration to unveil its new Twilight Forever Fan Experience exhibit, where props from all of the films – including Bella’s wedding dress, Edward’s tuxedo and Jacob’s motorcycle — will be on display to the public.
Check out this video from the set of The Dead Men. It includes footage from filming as well as interviews with Jackson and Diego.
While Jackson didn’t win yesterday’s race it looked like he still had a great time! Photos from the race/event have been added to the gallery including some adorable shots of him and baby Roe. Enjoy!
– Appearances > 2013 > 37th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race – Race Day
These celebrities aren’t pretending and this is not make believe. This is 10 laps of 1.97 miles each at 100-mile-per-hour plus speeds. It’s fast, and things can go wrong. And while it’s all done for charity and in good fun, a competitive mood fills the air in the People Magazine celebrity paddock where the drivers gather before getting in their fancy 210 HP Scion FR-S cars and ripping up the streets.
Rutlledge Wood, from TV’s Top Gear USA, won the pole position on Friday, April 19th as his lap time of 1:45.505 proved the fastest of a lineup that includes Mark Steines (Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family); actor Michael Trucco; Brett Davern from MTV; Medal of Honor Winner Dakota Meyer; actor Jeremy Sisto; comic Wanda Sykes; Olympic Gold Medalist Jessica Hardy; actress Jenna Elfman; Twilight movie star Jackson Rathbone and Latina star Kate De Castillo.
Wood’s Charity, a camp for special needs kids Victory Junction started by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, received a check from People Magazine for $15,000 for his fastest lap win.
People Magazine has had an ongoing commitment to the Miller’s Children Hospital of Long Beach CHOC, Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
“It’s incredible to be a part of something that has donated over two-million dollars for charity over the years,” the handsome Jackson Rathbone told me right before the race. He was kissing his wife and baby and about to get in to the car. Rathbone is part of a cultural phenomenon with the Twilight movies and as such has legions of young girls (and a few boys) worried about him in the race, particularly, harming his face.
“That’s hysterical,” he laughed. “I hope I don’t hurt any part of my body at all! Look, we had no idea vampires without fangs who lived in the woods basically was going to become what it did. Even when the first movie came out, we all just sat back with wonder and watched the phenomenon explode. It’s been quite a ride, much like this,” he concluded as he kissed his baby one more time before strapping on his helmet.
After the race it was all smiles and hugs, and the friendly spirit of competition surfaced again.
Jackson was joined by the family at yesterday’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Qualifying Day. A few photos from yesterday’s event have been added to the gallery.
And here’s a video from yesterday as well.
39th Annual Toyota Pro / Celebrity Race driver Jackson Rathbone tells us how his last TPCR practice went and the excitement witnessed on the course!
Quick Stats: Jackson Rathbone, actor
Daily Driver: 2012 Lexus RX450h (Jackson’s rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Favorite road trip: Los Angeles to Texas
Car he learned to drive in: 1996 Chevy Suburban
First car bought: Scion xB
“Twilight” will fans see a very competitive side of Jackson Rathbone tomorrow during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach celebrity race, where he’ll drive a race-prepped Scion FR-S. The actor, who is best known as Jasper Hale in the vampire saga, has a more relaxed attitude when it comes to dealing with Los Angeles traffic in his 2012 Lexus RX450h. “When L.A. gets too congested in traffic, sometimes I’ll pull over to a side street and take a nap in my car, waiting for the traffic to die down. I sleep very comfortably because the seats are so soft and cushiony,” he says, giving the daily driver a 9 out of 10 rating. “It would have been a 10, but it doesn’t have an espresso machine, so 9.” Rathbone loves his hybrid SUV, calling it “super comfy, economic, and roomy.”
Car he learned to drive in
Rathbone learned to drive in a hand-me-down SUV from his mom, and he says it’s still his favorite car. “My birthday’s a week after hers, so she got a new car and I got her old ’96 Suburban for my 16th birthday,” he says. “When I was 16, I was DJ-ing all over west Texas, so the Suburban was perfect for hauling all of my gear and still had room for four passengers. I remember a time where I was everyone’s ride to some dance and I had about 12 girls in the back of the Suburban, while my buddy Jon and I were riding high in the front. It was good times.”
Photos of Jackson at today’s 37th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Practice Day have been added to the gallery. Hopefully more to come!
Also, check out our first video from the event!
Toyota Racing asked fans to submit questions for celebrity racers and here is a great interview with Twilight star Jackson Rathbone