Born in Singapore, 23-year-old Jackson Rathbone spent time in Indonesia, London, Connecticut, California and Norway before he finally settled in Texas. After discovering his initial love for acting while he was doing local theater, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue it as a full-time career. With a resume that is divided between film and television work, Rathbone, who also enjoys writing and performing music, is currently garnering attention for his role as Jasper in Twilight, the highly anticipated film, based on the Young Adult vampire book series by Stephenie Meyer.
Rathbone recently spoke to MediaBlvd Magazine about what it’s like to be involved with such a high-profile project.
Lately, we’ve been doing a lot of talking about “Breaking Dawn,” the best-selling latest novel from Stephenie Meyer — which seems only right, since the eyes of Twilight Nation have been buried deep in its pages for the past few weeks.
But with the recent announcement that the “Twilight” movie has slipped into the high-profile release date that “Harry Potter” left wide open, this week’s “Twilight” Tuesday returns the focus where it belongs: the eagerly anticipated film that is now only 94 (!) days away.
Even though you probably wouldn’t mind Jackson Rathbone sucking on your neck, he (unfortunately) plays a politically correct vampire who refuses to feast on human blood in this month’s much-hyped film version of Twilight based on Stephenie Meyer’s novels about love between mortals and the undead. We guess we’ll just have to learn to appreciate Rathbone for his acting chops and musical skills, instead.
This Twilight hottie opens up about girls, being a rebel and the role he’s dying to play!
1. When was your first kiss?
When I was 13, I was dating a girl two years older than me. We were in a movie theater and got about thirty minutes into the movie (Titanic) and she made the first move. I was very shy and probably wouldn’t have ever made the first move, so, well, it rocked my world. We dated on and off for two years. I heard she recently got married, so I won’t say her name, but she still holds a special place in my heart.
CLAIM TO FAME: Jackson is Nicholas on ABC Family’s Beautiful People, premiering Aug. 8 at 10 p.m.
HOMETOWN: “I was born in Singapore. I’ve lived in Indonesia, London, Connecticut, California, Norway, Texas, and then I went to Interlochen in Michigan.”
WANDERLUST: He then moved to LA and now lives in Toronto, where BP, is filmed (although, it’s set in Manhattan). “We do pick-up shots in New York to give it a realistic feel.”
LIP LUST: Watch BP’s second episode for his first on-screen kiss with Sarah Foret as Sophie. GL had dinner with the cast in NY, and we promise there’s no off-screen crushin’. The two are tight pals!
ON HOOKING UP WITH A BUD: “It feels a little awkward being that intimate. It’s not going to be making out. That’s one thing I talked to [the director] about. I don’t want to do a sloppy, you-can-see-tongue thing.” OK, girls, you can kiss his pic now.
Trying to get questions answered when a bunch of guys are eating, drinking, laughing and talking is no easy task. OK! Invited TV’s hottest new hunks — Callum Blue from Related, Justin Baldoni from Everwood, Jackson Rathbone from Beautiful People and Matt Lanter from Commander in Chief — to check ou Magnolia restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in L.A., and the result was, uh, noisy. Of course, it’s not surprising that when four actors who star on four top of the TV shows get together they clearly have a lot in common. For all of them, landing a major role on these shows is a huge deal, plus they get to work with some of the best-looking women in Hollywood (Callum’s character is married to Jennifer Esposito, for example). Throw in some drinks and neighborhood-restaurant classics with a hip twist, and the conversation flows easily from Hollywood life and navigating the red carpet to drunken auditions…
I have a TV show that is on ABC Family that I think you may really enjoy. It’s an excellent family show although I don’t recommend it to children under thirteen. “Beautiful People” (Mondays, 8:00-9:00 PM, CST) is a drama about a mother and her two teenage daughters that move from a small town in New Mexico to New York City and follows their struggles of moving to a big city. The show stars Daphne Zuniga from “Melrose Place” and two newcomers Sarah Foret and Torrey DeVitto.