In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, Twilight cutie Jackson Rathbone opened up on everything from his love of Vanilla Ice to which of his co-stars can bench-press the most weight. And he also shared a super-cute family photo, taken when he was just a tot!
RadarOnline: Your character in Twilight, Jasper, is so withdrawn and cold. Do you think fans are a little hesitant to approach you in public? Especially compared with some of your castmates?
Jackson Rathbone: People rarely recognize me, which is actually pretty sweet. I try to change my look in every role I take on: clothing, hairstyle, walk, facial expression, and the way I speak. Sometimes it’s subtle and sometimes it’s not, but as I am not a blonde in real life, people often do the double look before approaching me.
On the set of Dread, ShockTillYouDrop.com got some chat time with actor Jackson Rathbone to discuss his part in the Clive Barker adaptation and S. Darko, the controversial follow-up to Richard Kelly’s film starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
“I play this crazy character and it has to be one of the best character developments I’ve seen,” Rathbone says of the new Darko. “I just jumped at the chance to play it. Chris Fisher is an amazing director. [Makeup artist] Christel Edwards did this amazing prosthetic effect on me, it was so much fun. It was a month in Utah and we just had a blast [shooting] up there.”
ComingSoon.net/ShockTillYouDrop.com recently had a chance to talk to actor Jackson Rathbone, who has already finished shooting his return as Jasper Cullen in New Moon, the sequel to last year’s mega-hit Twilight.
Before trying to get more details about the sequel, we asked Rathbone to talk about the experience of making the first film before things got so crazy. “The first film, it was one of Summit’s first films. I think it was actually the second film they produced, the first being ‘Never Back Down.’ It felt like a bigger budget indie film. We were all kind of making this movie together, and the way Catherine Hardwicke directs, it’s really a fun vibe that was on set. It was a little stressful because as we kept filming, the press kept getting more of it and the fans kept being more into it. All these websites started popping up, and all these things. It was amazing. It was like, ‘Oh, wow, this is going to be something else!’ We started making this movie and people are already loving it and it’s not even out yet. It has six months to come out and they’re already lining up in the movie theaters. That was an experience in and of itself. I wasn’t really prepared for it, but I was really thankful for it, because they’re so supportive of what we do. As an actor, you need an audience.”
Categorized on their MySpace page as a combination of “Japanese classic music, 2-step, psychobilly” which may be good enough or equally perplexing descriptors as any, the 100 Monkeys are currently touring throughout the summer with their debut CD Monster De Lux.
Just listen for the shouted deluge of audience improv suggestions or follow the trail of over-excited, collapsed Twi-hards, and you’ll be sure to find them.
Meanwhile, StarShine caged the jovial, bantering Monkeys (sans Ben J.) for an exclusive interview in which they discuss stage life, Twilight mania, obscure global theorems, and humpback whales.
What’s the origin of the 100 Monkeys?
Jackson: The 100 Monkeys started with Ben G. and I–like 3 years ago–whenever he moved to L.A. We were roommates back in high school. We knew Ben J. back then, and we started the band as a two-man group just doing improv music and trying to get Ben J. out to Los Angeles to make some music with us. Along the way, we happened to meet up with Jared Anderson who we would jam with all the time. Now we all are together in harmony. It’s fantastic.
Ben G: It’s like an MTV reality show.
First of all Jackson, I just want to say thank you so much for answering some of our questions. We at Phases are really excited to get to know you just a little bit more.
Phases: The question that I think everyone asks and fans always want to know is, have you read the books? If so, what do you like most about the books?
Jackson: I have read only the first book, I didn’t want to play anything that shouldn’t be revealed yet, a la Casablanca. However, I have studied my character’s personal background extensively using Wikipedia, various fan-sites, and especially picking Stephenie Meyers’ brain when I got to meet her before filming. She was extremely generous with information about Jasper and commended my desire to keep his character development as it is in the books, gradual. I
have cheated a little, though, and read parts of future books. I can’t help it… they’re so enticing.
Phases: Can you tell us anything about the audition process for the role of Jasper (multiple interviews, what did they have you read, etc)?
Jackson: I actually walked to the audition with my guitar, playing as I walked. I also wore my lucky cowboy boots.