‘Twilight’ Stars Then & Now: See Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, & The Cast’s Transformations

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November 21, 2020 12:15PM EST

It’s officially been 12 years since fans hit the theaters to see the film adaptation of ‘Twilight.’ The ‘Twilight Saga’ became a global phenomenon and made Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and more mega stars. See the iconic cast then and now.

On November 21, 2008, fans of Stephenie Meyer‘s young adult fantasy novel Twilight flocked to theaters to see the film adaptation of the same name, and everything changed. Everything. Twilight fans chose their sides — Team Edward or Team Jacob — and went on one wild ride.

Kristen StewartKristen Stewart starred as Bella Swan. (MEGA)

The films also introduced fans to the stars who brought the characters to life. Kristen StewartRobert Pattinson, 34, Taylor Lautner, 28, and more became household names with Twilight, and fans got to see them reprise their roles in 4 more films. The final film in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn — Part 2 , was released in 2012, but the love for Twilight is still strong.

It’s no secret that Twilight completely changed Kristen’s entire world. Already a successful young actress, Kristen was thrust into the limelight with the Twilight films. Since her time as Bella Swan, the actress has harnessed her talents and shown her growth in some of the independent film world’s best-known projects. In 2014, Stewart starred alongside Oscar winner Juliette Binoche in the film Clouds of Sils Maria. For her work, Kristen became the first American actress to receive a nomination for the prestigious César Award for Best Supporting Actress. Kristen has really balanced big-budget films with smaller ones, starring in movies like Charlie’s AngelsSeberg, and Personal Shopper in the last four years! Her latest role is in the queer holiday rom-com Happiest Season, and she’ll play the late Princess Diana in an upcoming film.

Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson starred as Edward Cullen. (MEGA)

Rob has found just as much success as his co-star and former flame. The actor has found a lot of incredible projects within the independent film community, too. His most successful role post-Twilight came with the 2017 film Good Time. The film was heralded as one of the best of the year by critics, and Pattinson went on to earn even more challenging roles. Between 2018 and 2019, the actor starred in critical hits like High LifeDamsel, and The Lighthouse. As for future projects, the actor formerly known as Edward Cullen is putting on the bat suit for the upcoming film The Batman.

Taylor LautnerTaylor Lautner played Jacob Black. (MEGA)

Upon Twilight‘s release, Taylor was catapulted into the spotlight as one of the hot young talents to come out of the film. As fans will recall, the actor played Jacob Black, a friend of Bella’s and werewolf. During his time in all 5 Twilight Saga films, Lautner also starred in movies like Valentine’s Day and Abduction. After the film series came to a dramatic conclusion, Lautner starred in a few films. His biggest role since Twilight came in 2016 as Dr. Cassidy Cascade on the Ryan Murphy-created series Scream Queens. The actor also appeared in the TV series Cuckoo and hasn’t done much screen acting since that time. He does, however, still keep in touch with his Twilight fam!

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