USA Today: Monster or human? Here’s a guide to ‘Twilight’ characters

Don’t know the difference between Team Edward and Team Jacob? Never fear. For latecomers to Twilight mania, USA TODAY’s Susan Wloszczyna offers a few quick facts about the three stars of the movie series that continues with the arrival of Eclipse June 30.
Taylor Lautner, 18


Grand Rapids, Mich.

Notable feature: Abs of steel

Acting experience: Began on TV at age 9. Played Sharkboy in the 2005 family fantasy The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.

Twilightrole: Jacob Black, Native American blue-collar werewolf with anger issues who pines for best pal Bella.

Eclipsedilemma: Can he persuade Bella to return his love and not join the undead?

Kristen Stewart, 20

Birthplace: Los Angeles

Notable feature: Tends to not smile much in public.

Acting experience: Began with non-speaking movie part at age 8. Was Jodie Foster’s daughter in the 2002 thriller Panic Room.

Twilightrole: Bella Swan, a smart, pretty, yet awkward high schooler who finds herself attracted to guys who exhibit supernatural tendencies.

Eclipsedilemma: Wants to spend eternity with Edward by becoming a vampire but is not as certain about marriage.

Robert Pattinson, 24

Birthplace: London

Notable feature: Messy hair

Acting experience: Ex-model first performed before cameras in 2004. Played Cedric Diggory in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Twilight role: Edward Cullen, gorgeous yet tortured teen vampire who is actually more than a century old, sparkles in the sun and feeds only on the blood of animals.

Eclipsedilemma: Wants to wed Bella, but is torn about ending her human life and changing her into a vampire.


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