The Cast: the Cullens
They didn’t look anything alike . . . And yet, they were all exactly alike. Every one of them was chalky pale, the palest of all the students living in this sunless town. Paler than me, the albino. They all had very dark eyes despite the range in hair tones. They also had dark shadows under those eyes — purplish, bruiselike shadows. As if they were all suffering from a sleepless night, or almost done recovering from a broken nose. Though their noses, all their features, were straight, perfect, angular.
Twilight, page 20, Bella’s description of the Cullens
Actress: Kristen Stewart
Role: Isabella “Bella” Swan
The protagonist, Bella moves to Forks to live with her father. Her mind is protected from others whose ability involves the mind. This later becomes her power when she is turned. In a love triangle with Jacob, she marries Edward (her 1st love) and gives birth to a daughter in Breaking Dawn.
Role: Edward Cullen
The 1st to become a Cullen, Edward can read the minds of anyone near him. Created in 1918 and forever 17, he is also a piano virtuoso. He falls in love with Bella in Twilight and is strongly attracted to her blood, but is able to remain in control. They marry in Breaking Dawn and have a daughter.
Actress: Ashley Greene
Role: Alice Cullen
An adopted Cullen, Alice has the ability to see the future. A mate to Jasper, she is bubbly and optimistic, and likes to shop and throw parties. She can’t remember her human life, but was born in 1901 and was turned after being committed to an asylum for having premonitions. After a vision, she with Jasper, sought out the Cullens.
Actor: Jackson Rathbone
Role: Jasper Hale
An adopted Cullen, Jasper was turned in 1863 at the age of 20. Used to war, his body has many crescent-shaped scars from fighting and training newborns. Alice’s mate, he can feel and manipulate the emotions around him. Jasper lacks control and struggles to adapt to the Cullens vegetarian diet.
Actress: Nikki Reed
Role: Rosalie Hale
The 3rd Cullen created, Rosalie is described as being statuesque and beautiful, but is vain and self-centered. Badly beaten and raped, she was turned by Carlisle but is resentful and wishes for humanity. First created as a mate for Edward, she was rejected but is now married to Emmett.
Actor: Kellan Lutz
Role: Emmett Cullen
The 4th Cullen created, Emmett was turned by Carlisle at Rosalie’s request after she found him being mauled by a black bear in 1935. He is the strongest of the Cullens, tall and burly almost intimidatingly so. He views Rosalie as the “angel” who brought him to God. He falls in love with Rosalie and later marries her.
Actress: Elizabeth Reaser
Role: Esme Cullen
The 2nd Cullen created, Esme tried to commit suicide after the loss of her child in 1921. With her heart still beating, Carlisle turns her to stop her suffering. Eventually married to Carlisle, Esme is also viewed as the adopted mother to all the Cullen children and is a caring and loving individual with strong maternal instincts.
Actor: Peter Facinelli
Role: Dr. Carlisle Cullen
The leader and father to the Olympic coven, Carlisle can withstand the smell of human blood. Because of this, he is a brilliant doctor and has adopted the vegetarian diet. Created in the 17th century, Carlisle doesn’t turn anyone until they’re at the brink of death. He is married to Esme.