Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and their Twilight co-stars are now some of the biggest stars in the world, thanks to their involvement in one of the most talked about film franchises of all time. We can’t believe it’s been four years since the first installment of Twilight hit theatres. With Breaking Dawn: Part 2 blowing up on big screens around the world next week, we’re sure the end of the Twilight series is bittersweet for all those involved. Although we imagine it’s a bit of a relief for the stars to move on to new projects, we’re sure they’re a little sad to say goodbye to franchise that changed the course of all of their lives. Twilight made them all household names, and now Hollywood is their oyster. Although almost all of the stars of Twilight can now headline major blockbuster films, there was a time when most of them were struggling in Hollywood or trying to transition their child star status into a life-long film career. Here’s a look at where the Twilight stars were before they were famous.
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Although Kristen Stewart comes from an industry family, her parents always worked behind the camera. Her dad is a TV producer and her mom is a script supervisor. The notoriously shy Kristen had no plans of being an actor, but after she was discovered in a school Christmas pageant at age 8 by a Hollywood agent, she started auditioning for roles. Her big break came when she played Jodie Foster’s diabetic daughter in 2002′s Panic Room when she was just 11 years.
Before he joined the cast of one of the biggest American film franchises, Robert Pattinson was already a part of British film history. He played Cedric Diggory in 2005′s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But did you know that, before he got his film career started in Harry Potter, Robert was a model? “When I first started I was quite tall and looked like a girl, so I got lots of jobs, because it was during that period where the androgynous look was cool,” he told Closer magazine of his modeling career. “Then, I guess, I became too much of a guy, so I never got any more jobs. I had the most unsuccessful modelling career.”
Before he beefed up to play Jacob in the Twilight series, Taylor Lautner was a child star, just like Kristen Stewart… okay, well maybe not just like Kristen Stewart. Taylor had a small part in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 opposite Hilary Duff, Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt in 2005.
Maybe some guys are just born with muscles. Kellan Lutz was certainly super built even before he joined the Twilight franchise. Kellan was super buff back in 2006′s Accepted, opposite Justin Long, Blake Lively, and Jonah Hill.
Ashley Greene wanted to be a model before she ever wanted to be an actress. Unfortunately, the petite starlet wasn’t tall enough, so she decided to try her luck in Hollywood instead. Ashley was trying to make her mark on TV before she got cast as Alice Cullen. She had a role on the short-lived series Desire, and starred on a few episodes of Crossing Jordan, like in the image above.
The biggest child star of the bunch, Dakota Fanning first became a household name when she starred opposite Sean Penn in I Am Sam when she was 4 years old. Although she starred in many other major movies before joining the Twilight franchise, the vampire film definitely marked the beginning of Dakota’s transition to “serious adult actor.” She met Kristen Stewart on set and the two went on to star together in the biopic The Runaways, which definitely made audiences see a very different side of Dakota.
Nikki Reed has the most street cred out of the bunch when it comes to her early beginnings in Hollywood. Reed cowrote Thirteen, a dark drama based on her life as a destructive 13 year old, after family friend, director Catherine Hardwicke, who convinced Nikki to work out her issues by writing a screenplay. Nikki starred in the film alongside Evan Rachel Wood.
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