For decades, film has served as a window into the intimate lives of celebrities. Whether it was the glamorous world of film noir or the glamorous world of musicals, film has given us an insider’s perspective into the worlds of literature and the arts. While technology has advanced, allowing for a more authentic portrayal of daily life, film can still seem like a magical world where dreams really do come true.
Today, the worlds of film and television are converging, allowing for a more intimate peek into the lives of celebrities. On the big screen, we see glamorous actresses and actors inhabiting the glamorous worlds of film and television. But in real life, we see a very different story, as many celebrities live their daily lives in front of the camera. This is what makes the famous faces we encounter so interesting, as we see their humanity as well as their artistry. Some of these celebrities choose to keep their professional lives and personas separate, while others blur the lines completely, engaging with the public as they are in reality and not as the characters they play on screen. Either way, it’s an intriguing world that continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
A Brief History of the ‘Twilight’ Franchise
When it comes to our obsession with celebrities and pop culture, the Twilight franchise is as good a place to start as any other. The Twilight saga was first released in 2008 and took the world by storm. The romantic comedy-drama marked a new direction for Summit Entertainment, leading them to experiment with different formats and story lines. The first film was a huge success, winning four Academy Awards and becoming the highest-grossing film of that time. The second, third, and fourth films continued the success, and today, all four films rank within the top 50 highest-grossing films of all time. The Twilight franchise still holds up after all these years, proving the strength of the characters and the power of women in leading roles.
The Cast of ‘Twilight’
The Twilight series is still going strong over six years after its premiere, continuing to inspire spin-offs, novels, and more. As the series continues to grow, it has attracted a massive following, particularly among women, due to its relatable and captivating story lines. The popularity of the Twilight franchise is such that Summit Entertainment has continued to release new films, holding an annual “Twilight Fest” since 2013. Although the franchise continues to evolve, its success shows no sign of abating.
Actors Who Have Played Significantly Important Roles In The ‘Twilight’ Franchise
The Twilight series is filled with some of the greatest acting talent that cinematic history has ever seen. Its stars are among the most recognizable and accomplished in the industry. Here are some of the actors who have played significantly important roles in the franchise.
The eldest of the Stewart brood, Kristen Stewart burst onto the scene in 2004, starring in one of the most profitable and critically acclaimed films of that time, the drama Winter’s Bone. The following year, Stewart would go on to appear in the successful comedy-drama The Runaways, which also starred Chloe Moretz. In 2018, Stewart would return to the big screen in the superhero blockbuster Black Widow, taking on a more substantial role than before. She continues to act in the most profitable and critically acclaimed series of films, receiving critical acclaim and box office success for her role in the 2019 indie comedy-drama Personal Shopper.
Another big-name star who has risen to fame thanks to Twilight is its leading man, Robert Pattinson. The British actor burst onto the scene in the mid-2000s, after starring in the highly profitable and critically acclaimed Twilight franchise. Over the next few years, Pattinson would star in other big-budget and critically acclaimed films, including The Duchess, Maps to the Stars, and the fantasy epic The Eternal Mirror. Most recently, Pattinson starred in the critically acclaimed Good Time, a coming-of-age story set in contemporary Dublin.
Heidi Klum is an award-winning German supermodel, artist, and businesswoman. She began her career in 1990, and since then, has graced the cover of major magazines around the world. In 2018, Klum opened her own lifestyle boutique in New York, called Heidi Klum NYC. The success of the boutique led to its becoming the highest-grossing store of its kind in the city.
Chloë Grace Moretz
Another breakout star from Twilight is Chloë Grace Moretz. While Stewart and Pattinson rose to fame with Sundance breakouts, Moretz starred in the well-known and award-winning independent film, Baby Mama, in 2011. Since then, Moretz has appeared in big-budget studio films, such as Dark Phoenix and The Hunt, as well as high-profile indie films, such as The Big Sick and The First Grader. Moretz also starred in the highly successful Tomb Raider reboot as well as the upcoming The Breaker Uva Island, alongside Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgård. Moretz recently made headlines for defying Hollywood norms, as she opted to forego a glamorous, celebrity lifestyle in favor of an independent one. In 2019, Moretz starred in the indie hit Unexpected and in the upcoming The Turning.
Bella Swan is a fictional character and protagonist of the Twilight series. The character was created by Stephenie Meyer, inspired by the author’s experience with depression. It was reported that before the release of Twilight, Meyer suffered from clinical depression, which she wrote about in the bestselling novel, The Host. Bella is often referred to as “Meyer’s muse” or “the vampire woman” due to her prominence in the series.
The Wolves Of Wall Street
Another interesting character to emerge from Twilight is Victor, played by James Franco. In 2005, Franco had a bit part in the film The Holiday, which starred his former Groundlings castmate Chris Pine. Two years later, he had a larger role in the critically acclaimed Spiderman 3, which was followed by acclaimed indie films such as The Great Debaters and How to Be a Movie Star. Most recently, Franco had a key role in the upcoming superhero blockbuster Knucklehead, directed by Kevin Smith. In 2019, Franco hosted and co-produced the Emmy-nominated Netflix documentaries Marriage Stories and Vital Stories, which followed the highs and lows of two very different celebrity marriages.
John Malkovich is an Academy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated American actor, producer, and director. He has received multiple accolades for his acting talent, including two Academy Awards and an Emmy Award. Over the past few years, Malkovich has appeared in a string of critically acclaimed and commercial films. Most notably, he appeared in Michael Moore’s 2019 documentary, Michael. In 2020, Malkovich will star in and produce the independent film, Beyond the Moon, alongside Jane Anderson and Bruce Davey. He will also direct the film, which is set to premiere in 2021.
The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour is a documentary series which explores the glamorous world of superyachts. The series was created by Johan Backlund and Fredrik Wennerstrom, and it first aired on Swedish television in 2014. The following year, Netflix secured the North American rights to the series, with it premiering in the United States on March 9th, 2015. Since then, the series has aired in several other countries, and it is currently streaming on Netflix.
The popularity of The Grand Tour is such that the production company acquired the digital streaming rights to the series, allowing for global distribution on any device. The success of the series is undoubtedly thanks to its subject matter – following a string of well-known superyachts as they set sail around the world – as well as the amazing array of stars it has gathered over the years.
Who Is Logan Lerman?
The final important actor to discuss is Logan Lerman. The 28-year-old is best known for his starring role as Mike in the 2011 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as well as the title character in the 2010 drama Finding Everett Marr.
As discussed, the Twilight series is filled with some of the greatest acting talent that cinematic history has ever seen. Its stars are among the most recognizable and accomplished in the industry. Over the last few years, the popularity of the Twilight franchise has led to a number of interesting situations and interactions between famous actors and fans. Here’s a short guide to some of the most interesting things you may have missed while binge-watching the series.