Exclusive interview with a vampire: Peter Facinelli reflects on his “Twilight Saga” years

Now known for playing altruistic coven leader Dr. Carlisle Cullen in “The Twilight Saga” movies, actor Peter Facinelli is busily branching out into screenwriting and producing with his own production company.
BY BRANDY McDONNELL bmcdonnell@opubco.com Published: November 22, 2011

By the time they got to “Breaking Dawn,” security was so tight that sometimes he couldn't even get in touch with his fellow vampire actors.

“I didn't know what room Kellan Lutz was staying in, so I went to the front desk and I said, ‘Hey, what room is Kellan in?' And they were like, ‘Oh, well, we're not allowed to say.' I was like, ‘Yeah, but you know who I am; I, like, play his father.' And they were like, ‘Yeah, but we're under strict orders.' And we were all under fictitious names, and I didn't know his fictitious name,” he said with a grin. “So he was staying in the same hotel, and I couldn't even get ahold of him.”

Although “The Twilight Saga” has been a big part of his life for the past few years, the native New Yorker has stayed busy with other projects, including playing another doctor on Showtime's acclaimed dark comedy series “Nurse Jackie.” Last year, he started a production company, Facinelli Films, which has several projects in development.

He wrote, produced and starred in his company's first feature, “Loosies,” about a freewheeling pickpocket who re-evaluates his life after a one-night stand leads to an unplanned pregnancy. Co-starring Michael Madsen, Jaimie Alexander and Joe Pantoliano, the dramatic comedy will open in theaters in January but is available for rent through SundanceNOW and iTunes.

“I think that's kind of the wave of the future. ... VOD just reaches a broader audience because everyone has it in their homes,” he said. “I'm proud of that one 'cause that was the second script I wrote, and it all takes place in New York. It was kind of my homage to New York.”

As his time with “Twilight” nears its end, Facinelli said he will take away at least one gem of wisdom from his experience.

“Staying out of the sun makes you youthful,” he said with a grin.