“Twilight” Star’ Jackson Rathbone, Midland Roots

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Twilight is an action-packed, modern-day love story between a teenage girl and a vampire. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother re-marries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn’t expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a boy unlike any she’s ever met. Edward is a vampire, but he doesn’t have fangs and his family is unique in that they choose not to drink human blood. Intelligent and witty, Edward sees straight into Bella’s soul. Soon, they are swept up in a passionate, thrilling and unorthodox romance. To Edward, Bella is what he has waited 90 years for – a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will Edward & Bella do when a clan of new vampires – James (Cam Gigandet), Laurent (Edi Gathegi) and Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre) – come to town and threaten to disrupt their way of life?

Jackson Rathbone,
Jackson RathboneJackson RathboneMany “Twilight” fans are counting down the hours until the next movie in the series “New Moon” opens tonight at midnight, but one local family has already seen it because their son, Jackson Rathbone, is one of the stars. He’s got numerous fan sites, paparazzi following nearly his every move and even a budding music career, but his family says, he’s just the same old guy whose proud of his west Texas roots.  Jackson Rathbone plays Jasper Hale, one of the Cullen’s, a clan of vampires in the “Twilight” series, but his humble beginnings were on the local stage.  Randee Rathbone, Jackson’s mom, says, “He started in 8th grade, started performing in Midland Community Theatre, he was a Pickwick Player.”  But despite his parents wished he attended an arts academy for high school.  Rathbone says, “We were not thrilled with the idea, we wanted him to stay and graduate from high school in Midland, TX.”  He later moved to LA to pursue acting as a career.  Jack Rathbone, Jackson’s dad, says, “He started getting some commercials, getting some Disney spots and it took 4-5 years, maybe 4 years and then he started getting some real roles.”  Like the Twilight series. Rathbone says, “It just sort of exploded… Nobody really knew what Twilight was… I have to admit it is kinda crazy, but its fun, these are just ordinary people who made it in the film industry. I think they all know its a little bit crazy.”  They got a first-hand look at just how crazy Twilight-mania is at the premiere of “New Moon”, on Monday night.  Rathbone says, “I guess its still not really real to us, to me… he’s still my son, he’s not a movie star…Something that was really crazy was just last Monday night, or Sunday when we were in LA and he just came to our hotel to meet us for dinner and there was paparazzi at the hotel when he walked in and when he walked out.”  But away from the hype of Hollywood, they know he’s still grounded.  Rathbone says, “He sees himself as just Jackson Rathbone, and so many people see him as bigger than life, he’s just a good kid that’s done well.”  A good kid that remembers where he came from. “He’s proud to be from Midland, Texas… he brags about being from Texas.” “It’s fun to watch someone who’s gone after a dream and achieved it, and when its your son, its a little extra special.” His parents say that Jackson’s band “100 Monkeys” is about to start a 100-city tour and right now, they have a scheduled stop in Midland.  No word yet on the date of the concert.

Celebrity Jackson Rathbone

Jackson Rathbone_Jackson RathboneName : Jackson Rathbone
Birth Name : Monroe Jackson Rathbone
Nickname : Jay
Birth Date : December 21, 1984
Birth Place : Singapore
Sex : Male
Nationality : American
Height : 5′ 9½” (1.77 m)
Hair Color : Brown – Light
Eye Color : Blue
Zodiac Sign : Sagittarius
Sexual Orientation : Straight
Profession : Actor and Singer
Major Genres : Drama, Comedy, Thriller, Romance
First Major Screen Credit : Pray for Morning (2006)
High School : Interlochen Academy
Girlfriend : Ashley Greene (Actress)
Career Highlights : The Last Airbender, New Moon, Pray for Morning
Claim to Fame : As Jasper Hale in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s novel “Twilight” (2008)
TV Commercial : Proactiv Solution
Hobbies : Music, Writing, Singing and Producing
Pets : Cat named Dean
Favorite Actors : Johnny Depp, Christoper Walken, Clint Eastwood and Bryce Dallas Howard
Favorite Movie : Seven Samurai and Dead Man
Favorite Songs : “The Man In Me” by Bob Dylan and “Doo Right” by Man Man
Favourite Music : Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Steppin’ In It, Wilco, Modest Mouse, Kasier Chiefs, The Stevedores, Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Nina Simone, The Shins, Clap Your Hands & Say Yeah and Chet Baker
Favorite Place : Midland, Texas
Idol : Jack Nicolson

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