Peter Facinelli eager to greet 'Twilight' fans

2011-04-29T00:00:00Z 2011-07-22T11:35:17Z Peter Facinelli eager to greet 'Twilight' fansBy Eloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Peter Facinelli never tires of meeting "Twilight" fans.

"When I get in a room filled with 'Twilight' fans there's so much energy in the room and it completely recharges my batteries," said Facinelli, by phone, earlier this week.

The actor, who portrays the father figure Carlisle Cullen in the "Twilight" movies was recently in Canada filming the last two installments of the popular series. He said filming was expected to be complete on the "Breaking Dawn" installment by the end of this week. It's expected to debut in the fall.

Facinelli will be prepared to engage in lots of  "Twilight" talk - but can't spill any beans about the new movies - as well as his role in "Nurse Jackie" and other movies and television series when he makes an appearance Sunday at Westfield Hawthorn Shopping Center in Vernon Hills, Ill.

The actor will sign autographs, take pictures and talk with fans from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Macy's Court at Hawthorn. A V.I.P. Meet and Greet will take place from 11:30 a.m. to noon. His appearance is being done in conjunction with the charity Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and a portion of the proceeds from autographs and photos will benefit the group. Autographs cost $25 while photos are $40. (Cash only).

Facinelli said he's happy to support the foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer.

"Awhile back I was on the Internet and I read about Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and the story was just so inspiring to me. Alex was 8 years old and she had cancer. She used to hold these lemonade stands outside of her house to try to raise funds to find a cure for her disease. When she passed away her parents took this idea and they created the Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation in honor of their daughter and to keep her memory alive in hopes of one day maybe parents like themselves wouldn't have to go through the trauma that they went through," he said.

As the father of three daughters with his actress wife Jennie Garth, Alex's story really touched Facinelli's heart.

"I'm happy to spend my time to raise awareness for a good cause," Facinelli said.

About his involvement with the "Twilight" movies, Facinelli said he almost had nothing to do with the Cullen clan.

"When I first got the phone call asking 'Hey, do you want to be in a vampire movie?,' I said 'No!' I was thinking it would be some kind of B-horror movie  with blood and guts and bats and caves. Then I read the book and it was really a beautiful love story set in this timeless classic backdrop of a vampire tale," he said.

Facinelli believes "Twilight" really caught on with people because "it has a lot going for it."

"It's a classic love story. ... And I think people really latch on to the family element. The Cullen family is a family that really sticks up for each other and has a lot of love for each other."

 

 

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