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    The actor talks the transcontinental set commute, Tweeting, the fan base and an unplanned crying scene

    By ABBIE BERNSTEIN, Contributing Writer
    Published 6/9/2010

    Peter Facinelli spent a significant part of last year commuting between the New York second-season set of Showtimeís NURSE JACKIE (which completed its run Monday night), in which he plays emotionally immature Dr. Fitch Cooper, and the Vancouver environs of the feature film TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE, in which he essays (as he has throughout the franchise) the wise vampire patriarch Dr. Carlisle Cullen. The schedule was so intense that Facinelli reports he had to give up dyeing his hair as Carlisle and wear a wig instead.

    ďI mean, there were days where literally I was running for hours in the forest [in TWILIGHT] and then I stepped on a plane and then Iíd be on the NURSE JACKIE set. I was going from Vancouver to New York like every three days."

    It was draining, Facinelli acknowledges, but also, he says, ďIt was really invigorating."

    "You know the scene where I was crying [at the beginning of this seasonís NURSE JACKIE]? A lot of that came out of me just being emotionally exhausted," he admits. "It wasnít written that I was crying. All of a sudden, in the middle of the scene, I broke down and started crying and it felt right for the scene. They did takes where I wasnít crying, but it felt like, because I was just dumped by Jackie and there were all these heavy emotions going on, that [crying] really worked for the scene and I think it was just me getting on an airplane with just three hours of sleep and being that vulnerable that it hit me that hard. So I enjoyed doing both projects at the same time. I really did.

    Twitter, as Facinelli has discovered, is a great way for an actor to communicate with the avid TWILIGHT fans too.

    ďItís a great way to share information with them,Ē Facinelli says. "And itís also a great way to entertain. I like being able to put a smile on peopleís faces and I like being able to also mix that up with sharing information with them thatís important and also letting them know what Iím doing. I mean, Iíve had people come up to me and say, ĎHey, when you Tweet this out, thereís paid advertisements and stuff.í Iím not into that. I like to keep my Twitter pure; I donít want to sell my followers anything. I just want to be able to have that fan base so I can tell them what Iím doing and entertain them.Ē

    The fans do not confuse the actor with his TWILIGHT character, Facinelli relates.

    ďYou know, whatís great is that I look so different from Carlisle is theyíve gotten to know me in a different way than Carlisle is," he says. "Now Iíve had this fan base go and look at some of the other work Iíve done and see how vastly different that work is, and so itís fun for me that I donít look like Carlisle and Iím not anything like him, so when people do meet me, then itís not like theyíre confusing me [with the character]. Theyíre not confusing me at all.Ē

    In fact, Facinelli continues, heís really enjoying the appreciation of the TWILIGHT enthusiasts. ďThe fan base has been so phenomenal. When you go to an event and people have flown in from other countries, thatís the part of a loyal fan base that you canít even imagine having. Iím thankful for all of them and thatís why I try to give back in connecting with them in some way.Ē

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