Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Peter Facinelli is an actor that has seemingly done it all. He’s starred in action shows on television, dramas, comedies and even films about teenage vampires. Facinelli has been at it for more than 20 years now, building a nice career for himself. Now in his mid 40s, Facinelli is still very much a prominent actor and has been part of some major franchises in recent years, which includes adding the superhero genre to his already impressive resume.
Facinelli was born in New York City on November 26, 1973, growing up in the Queens borough of the city. “Everyone has a different path,” Facinelli said. “I knew no one in the acting industry growing up. I never did a play until college. I was not outspoken when I was younger and I hated being the center of attention. But I had a dream of being an actor. I went to NYU and studied theater. I learned a craft, and began my career straight out of college.”
Talking about what inspired him to follow an acting career, Facinelli said that he was watching “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. “I watched that movie when I was in the third grade and I said, ‘Those guys are having fun…that’s what I want to do.’”
In 1995, Facinelli got his career started with guest appearances on the shows “Law & Order” and “The Wright Verdicts”. That same year, he also made his film debut in the movie “Angela”. For the remainder of the 1990s, Facinelli started getting a lot more work in film. He starred in movies such as “The Big Kahuna”, “Telling You” and “Can’t Hardly Wait” alongside Ethan Embry and Charlie Korsmo.
During the early 2000s, Facinelli had more movie roles such as “The Scorpion King”, “Stealing Time” and “Riding in Cars with Boys”. He then took a break from film during this time to star in the Fox series “Fastlane” as Van Ray. The series ran for two seasons, and Facinelli followed this up with a role on “Six Feet Under”.
In the middle portion of the decade, Facinelli started adding more film work back onto his resume thanks to “Hollow Man 2”, “Finding Amanda” and “Reaper”. In 2008, Facinelli joined the vampire and werewolf drama “Twilight” to play Dr. Carlisle Cullen. It was a role that Facinelli reprised throughout the entire “Twilight” series, most recently with 2012’s “Breaking Dawn - Part 2”.
“When my agent originally asked me if I wanted to be in a vampire movie I said ‘no,’” Facinelli said. “I thought it was going to be a ‘D’ movie…lots of bats. But he told me to read the book…that it had a large underground following. At that time the books weren’t as big as they are now. I read it and I fell in love with it. It reminded me of the old Bela Lugosi movies. And it looked at vampires in different ways. It was kind of exciting. Again, the books weren’t as popular…this was just right before they exploded.”
The “Twilight” fanbase is a notoriously rabid one, and the fans were able to connect with Facinelli. “What’s great is that, because I look so different from Carlisle, they’ve gotten to know me in a different way than Carlisle is,” Facinelli said. “I’ve had this fanbase go and look at some of the other work I’ve done and see how vastly different that work is. 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, they’re not confusing me at all with Carlisle.”
He added that “The fanbase has been so phenomenal. When you go to an event and people have flown in from other countries just to take a picture with you, that’s a loyal fanbase that you can’t even imagine having. I’m thankful for all of them and that’s why I try to connect with them, in some way.”
Other films for Facinelli during his “Twilight” years have included “Freezer”, “The Wilde Wedding” and “Loosies”, which he also wrote. Coming up, Facinelli will be part of the cast of “Running with the Devil”. In the meantime, Facinelli has been very busy on television. He had recurring roles in the shows “Damages”, “Glee” and “Supergirl”. Facinelli also took on a main role in the series “Nurse Jackie” for the first seven seasons, and most recently has been on the casts of both “S.W.A.T.” and “FBI”.
When it comes to what he looks for in his acting gigs, Facinelli said that “I like playing the contrasting roles,” adding that “It’s what inspires me to act. If I look back on my career I am happy that I have gotten to play a wide variety of different roles, from Mike Dexter, to Van Ray in ‘Fastlane’, to Dr. Cullen to Coop.” Addressing the younger generation of actors, Facinelli said “My advice has always been to study the craft of acting if you want to be an actor. There are many great schools that teach acting.”
Facinelli credits a lot of his recent success to the “Twilight” series. “It’s given me more time,” he said. “Now I don’t have to try and work on everything. I can just work on what I want. It’s allowed me to get some of the stuff that I’ve written out there.It’s allowed me to be in a place where I can generate my own work. It lets me do the things I want to do while looking for other projects.”