'Twilight' Star Peter Facinelli Talks Cookies & Cancer

Brittny Drye

Peter FacinelliWhen he's not draining animals for food or battling evil vampires, Twilight star Peter Facinelli ... bakes cookies?

Actually, he's been competing in a virtual bake sale with Cookies for Kids' Cancer against Joan Cusack and Glee star Jayma Mays to raise money for pediatric cancer.

Though not a baker in real life (Peter tends to stick with dishes such as penne a la vodka since it's simply "pasta, water, and sauce -- it's hard to screw up"), Cookies for Kids' Cancer does hold a strong place in his heart.

It’s a fun way to get involved. I love being part of campaigns and organizations that get people involved in fun ways. I love having other families get involved with their kids and giving them something that they can teach their children. It's memorable for the kids -- it’s kids helping kids. And it makes them feel good and helps them bond with their parents.

According to Peter, we have the research and the technology to find a cure for pediatric cancer ... it's the funding that we're missing, which makes charities such as this one so important.

I’ve always been interested in pediatric cancer research and that’s just coming from my visits to pediatric cancer wings and seeing the families. It’s so weird, it's so helpless but the kids seem so hopeful and I want to be able to be a part of keeping that hope alive for them. I realized that the research and technology is out there but the funding isn’t, and I really feel like if we had the money to spend, we could possibly find a cure. And nothing would make me happier than to have those kids out of those hospitals and onto playgrounds playing.

When I chatted with Peter, Jayma and her Gleeks were currently controlling the boards, but Peter was still hopeful in his Twihards, "It’s not over until the fat lady eats the cookies! I know I saw some b-roll footage that they were putting sawdust in their cookies. I’m just saying, mine’s gotta be better than theirs. Mine are made with love, not sawdust."

It seems like his Twihards have pulled through though, as Peter is (currently) in the lead. You can support Team Peter by buying cookies from him on their Facebook page through December 31. Another way to donate is by hosting your own bake sale. Register it online and Glad will match all proceeds raised from your bake sale, up to $200,000. Such a fun way to get involved!

Along with the stress that comes with a virtual bake-off, Peter is also now focusing on Breaking Dawn, which they just started filming last week and, apparently, the fans have quite a bit to look forward to. "There are some nice surprises in there for the fans, it actually has the most surprises in it than any of the other films. So I’m excited for the audience to see those enhancements in the script."

Hopefully he'll take some time to relax over the holidays, but what exactly does a baking vampire do for Thanksgiving? "I'm going to make some vampire cookies," Peter says with an evil grin.


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