'Twilight' Cast Then & Now: You Won't Believe How Much They've Changed (PHOTOS)

Margeaux Baulch Klein | Oct 13, 2015 Movies
'Twilight' Cast Then & Now: You Won't Believe How Much They've Changed (PHOTOS)

It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since the Twilight books were first published, and seven years since the film adaptation starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner swept into theaters.

The movies based on Stephenie Meyer's books dominated a major part of pop culture in the years following, and it created insta-stars out of the cast's relatively unknown actors. Click through to find out what Twilight's alumni have been up to since wrapping the last film.


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  • Kristen Stewart - Then


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    It's hard to imagine anyone else playing Bella Swan, but teenage Kristen Stewart beat out a bevy of other actresses including Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Trachtenberg to land the lead role. 

  • Kristen Stewart - Now


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    The success of the Twilight franchise skyrocketed Kristen's career, and she's landed plum roles in critically acclaimed movies like On the Road, Still Alice, and The Runaways.

  • Robert Pattinson - Then


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    Before he snagged the role of Edward, Robert Pattinson only had a handful of acting credits to his name and was reportedly unemployed and in debt at the time of the audition.

  • Robert Pattison - Now


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    Post-Twilight, RPatz, as his fans have affectionately dubbed him, has taken advantage of his A-list Hollywood status by playing leading roles in films such as Water for Elephants and Cosmopolis. We're guessing he doesn't have a problem paying off his bills anymore!

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  • Taylor Lautner - Then


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    Taylor was just a scrawny-looking kid in the first Twilight film, but by the second movie, he was buff enough to warrant heartthrob status. 

  • Taylor Lautner - Now


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    Since retiring from the business of pining after Bella as Jacob, the actor has done everything from supporting roles in romantic comedies (Valentine's Day) to starring in an action movie (Abduction).

  • Nikki Reed - Then


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    The role of vampire Rosalie required Nikki Reed to bleach her hair blond and adopt an icy attitude. 

  • Nikki Reed - Now


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    Who would've guessed that she would marry another vampire, Ian Somerhalder of The Vampire Diaries, just a few years later? Nikki is also currently working on the TV show Sleepy Hollow.

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  • Ashley Greene - Then


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    As Alice, Ashley Greene played the kookiest and most psychic of the Cullen vampire family.

  • Ashley Greene - Now


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    Thanks to her Twilight fame, Ashley has landed several modeling contracts and has been working steadily in films such as Butter and Wish I Was Here.

  • Kellan Lutz - Then


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    The part of Emmett Cullen required someone that was less of a moody vampire and more of a brawny, frat boy vampire, and Kellan Lutz fit the role perfectly! Prior to being cast in Twilight, the actor had some bit parts on various TV shows. 

  • Kellan Lutz - Now


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    Kellan's beefy physique has landed him numerous roles post-Twilight, most notably as Hercules in The Legend of Hercules.

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  • Jackson Rathbone - Then


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    Growing up in Texas gave Jackson Rathbone the advantage needed to nail the accent required to play Twilight's Jasper Hale, a vampire who hails from the deep South.

  • Jackson Rathbone - Now


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    After Twilight, Jackson starred in the 2010 film The Last Airbender, and has also been working on a music career. 

  • Peter Facinelli - Then


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    Before landing the role of Dr. Cullen in Twilight, Peter Facinelli had worked steadily as an actor for over 10 years but hadn't achieved the level of name recognition that his now-ex wife, Jennie Garth, had.

  • Peter Facinelli - Now


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    Following Twilight, Peter made an even bigger name for himself on the show Nurse Jackie. He is now engaged to actress Jaimie Alexander.

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  • Elizabeth Reaser - Then


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    As the matriarch Esme Cullen, Elizabeth Reaser brought a lot of warmth to an otherwise cold vampire role.

  • Elizabeth Reaser - Now


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    Since then, Elizabeth's warm personality has lent itself well to parts in films such as Young Adult, where she played against an icy Charlize Theron.

  • Anna Kendrick - Then


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    Who would have thought that Anna Kendrick's small role as a high school friend of Bella's would pave the way to starring roles?

  • Anna Kendrick - Now


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    A year after Twilight, Anna was starring opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air -- a performance that earned her an Oscar nomination! She's also headlined numerous films since then, including Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect, to name a few.

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