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'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' Made 'Nurse Jackie' Star Peter Facinelli Cry

January 14th, 2010 10:00am EST | Fred Topel By: Fred Topel
Peter FacinelliPeter Facinelli plays the vampire Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight saga, and Dr. Fitch Cooper on TV's Nurse Jackie. The second season of the show shot at the same time as the third film. Bouncing back and forth exhausted Facinelli so much that it led to a bravura emotional performance on the show.

"The scene where I was crying with Akalitus came out of me just being emotionally exhausted," Facinelli said. "It wasn't written that I was crying and all of a sudden in the middle of the scene I broke down and started crying. It felt right for the scene. I did takes that I wasn't crying in but they felt like because there was all this heavy emotions going on that it really worked for the scene. I think it was just me getting off an airplane having three hours of sleep and just being that vulnerable that it hit me that hard. I enjoyed doing both projects at the same time."

Facinelli is also an active Tweeter. His 1.5 million followers can follow his daily activities online. "I just enjoy what Twitter is because I can really connect with the fans. It's a great way to share information with them and it's also a great way to entertain. So I like being able to put a smile on people's faces and I like being able to also mix that up with sharing information with them that's important and also letting them know what I'm doing. I mean, I've had people come to me and say, 'Hey, will you tweet this out?' There's like pay advertisement stuff. I'm not into that. I like to keep my Twitter pure. I don't want to sell my followers anything. I want to be able to have that fan base so I can tell them what I'm doing and entertain them."

The fans show their love too when they see Facinelli in public. "What's great is because I look so different from Carlisle, what's fun is they've gotten to know me in a different way than Carlisle is. Now I've had this fan base go and look at some of the other work I've done and see how vastly different that work is. So it's fun for me that I don't look like Carlisle and I'm not anything like him, so when people do meet me then they're not confusing me for Carlisle. They're not confusing me at all with Carlisle."

Nurse Jackie returns in March on Showtime. Eclipse is out in June.

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