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    Omaha World Herald

    Interview with the Vampire Dad

    Published Saturday June 12, 2010
    By Josefina Loza

    Watch out, Papillion. A sexy vampire doctor is headed your way.

    Actor Peter Facinelli, who plays the patriarch vampire clan leader Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the “Twilight” film series, will appear Saturday at Shadow Lake Towne Center at Highway 370 and 72nd Street. Facinelli will host a meet-and-greet from noon to 5 p.m. at the Alegent Health Amphitheatre.

    Autographs are $25, and photos with the vampire star are $40. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Nashville Flood Relief.

    “I was doing an autograph signing when the flood hit in Tennessee,” Facinelli said. “I wanted to give back to the community.”

    He’s also promoting the third Twilight installment, “Eclipse,” which opens June 30.

    Facinelli, 36, talked to us after his appearance at the June 6 MTV Awards about the pale-hot “Twilight” series and his supporting role as Dr. Fitch Cooper on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” The dark comedy, which started its second season last week, was the most-watched new series in Showtime’s history when it debuted last year. It airs Mondays at 9 p.m. CDT.

    Here’s what he said:

    Q: Did you have a late night partying at the MTV Awards?

    A: We’re on the West Coast so everything ended early. I went to the after-party. Then I had to get home to make sure (my kids) didn’t watch the MTV Awards.

    Q: Tell me about your acceptance speech for the “Twilight” win at the awards. (Facinelli dropped one too many vulgarities — some of which couldn’t be bleeped in time — when accepting the best movie prize for ”New Moon.”)

    A: I’m not going to make any apologies for thanking Justin Bieber.

    Q: What should fans expect with the next “Twilight” film? Did you think the series would be this huge?

    A: When we started the film series, we definitely knew there was a fan base. But we had no idea it was going to explode. We were facing an uphill battle because everyone has their own vision of the movie in their head. We just wanted to go out and make our version and hope that people liked it. We had no idea we would get the response that we did.

    Q: What do you think worked so well?

    A: I’d have to give the credit to Catherine Hardwicke (director of the first “Twilight” film) for setting the tone. If the tone had been wrong, the film could have failed miserably. So I give a lot of credit to her for setting that edgy tone. It was a tricky thing. People love the books. I give a lot of credit to Stephenie Meyer for creating that world.

    Q: Why do you think the author made the vampires so attractive and shiny? Why do the characters look and act the way they do?

    A: I have no idea where the sparkling and the sun came from. That’s part of the various folklore I have never heard of in any book or movie.

    Q: Do you feel any competition or intimidation being in a cast of such hot young men?

    A: I don’t really think about it. I’m not that much older than the rest of the cast. My character is supposed to be 23 years old in the book. I just play my role and hope for the best. Its weird because I always used to be the kid in the cast. Fifteen years in the business, and now I’m the dad.

    Q: Which do you like playing more: a vampire doctor or a breast-grabbing socially awkward doctor on “Nurse Jackie”?

    A: I can’t really pick because they’re apples and oranges. I like both of them. I had just finished filming “Twilight” when I was offered the role in “Nurse Jackie.” I hadn’t even thought about it being another doctor role. But they’re completely different in physical appearance and in nature. It’s like what I’ve been doing in my entire career. If you look at any of my characters, they’re vastly different. That’s part of the fun for me.

    Q: What should fans watch for in “Eclipse”?

    A: The action is bigger in this one. I like the testosterone in the battle sequences. The Cullens are back in full force after taking a little bit of a hiatus in the “New Moon” movie. I love the teaming up (with the werewolves) for a common good. That’s actually a good universal message.

    Q: I hear you’re staying busy with other projects — writing movies. Please share.

    A: I wrote a TV film “Mulligan” (which will star his wife, former “90210” actress Jennie Garth) that Hallmark Channel will start filming (this week). I wrote a romantic comedy that I’ll be starring in called “Loosies,” about a pickpocket in New York who has commitment issues and learns from a one-night stand that he’s a father-to-be.

    Q: Tell me about your days. Do you and Jennie split home duties?

    A: Yeah, it’s an interesting life. One minute I’ll be flying to London to accept an award for “Twilight” and the next day I’m at the MTV Awards and the day after I’m coaching soccer for my daughter. I went from the MTV Awards the other night to my daughter’s honors society awards banquet. I didn’t get to accept an award or present there.

    Q: So you didn’t get to toss around profanity?

    A: No. (He laughs.) The MTV Awards are not the Oscars. They’re meant to be edgy and have shock value. If you watched the whole show, it’s hard to get offended by what I did.

    Q: You have a huge following on Twitter.

    A: For me, it’s a great outlet to be able to entertain people and let people know what I’m doing. I enjoy it.

    Q: Your daughter’s name is Bella, right? Like the lead character in “Twilight”?

    A: Her full name is Luca Bell

    A: Luca was my uncle’s name. It’s a boy’s name. I always liked it but didn’t want to just name her a boy’s name. So Bella kind of softens it up. Luca means “light” and Bella means “beautiful.” So it means “beautiful light.”

    Q: Have your daughters read or followed the “Twilight” series?

    A: Luca has read the first two books. She just saw the third film with me. She likes it. My second daughter (Lola) has watched the first two films. She’s only 7, so she hasn’t read the books yet. And my youngest daughter (Fiona) is 3. She’s seen some of the films too.

    Q: Do they roll their eyes at your character or when fans approach you?

    A: Luca, being 12, yeah. My daughter rolls her eyes a lot.

    Q: My last question is an unusual one. But because a reader had asked and wanted to know: boxers or briefs?

    A: Um ... (He lets out nervous chuckle.) Boxer briefs?

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