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Twilight Saga gives young Vancouver actors a taste of celebrity

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Feature published in the Vancouver Sun February 24, 2011.


“It’s a little bit strange sometimes when you’re not expecting it,” 16-year-old Jodelle Ferland giggles. “You’re just walking down the street and somebody comes up to you and knows who you are.”

For the Vancouver-based, Nanaimo-born actress, playing Bree Tanner in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has turned her into somewhat of a teenage celebrity.

Ferland is just one of many B.C.-based actors who have seen a boost in their profiles — and careers — thanks to the vampiric pop-culture phenomenon, which was filmed in B.C.

Based on Stephenie Meyer’s four teen romance novels, the Twilight movie adaptations showcase some of B.C.’s considerable acting talent, as well as its natural beauty. The franchise, which has achieved epic commercial success since its inception, has spawned everything from life-size Edward Cullen wall decals to an official Twilight Convention Tour to a cult of crazed fans, often referred to as “Twi-hards.”

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Watch for these B.C. actors in the Twilight series

Jodelle Ferland, a Nanaimo-born and Vancouver-based actress, appears in the third Twilight film, Eclipse. She plays Bree Tanner, a young girl turned vampire by the vengeful Victoria in order to fight the Cullen clan …

Cameron Bright is a Nanaimo-based actor who plays the role of Volturi vampire Alec in The Twilight Saga. He can be seen in New Moon, Eclipse, and the newest instalment, Breaking Dawn …

Leah Gibson is a Victoria-raised and Vancouver-based actress who appears in the third Twilight film, Eclipse. She plays the seductive vampiress Nettie, who ultimately turns Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) into a vampire …

Tyson Houseman was born in Edmonton and moved to Vancouver in 2008. He stars as the werewolf Quil Ateara in New Moon, Eclipse and the forthcoming Breaking Dawn …

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