What the cast of Twilight looks like today

Love it or hate it, there's no denying that the Twilight saga was an absolute worldwide juggernaut. The books were so popular that the author of the series, Stephenie Meyer, was the second-highest-paid author in the world in 2010. While teenage girls across the globe were becoming total Twihards, the naysayers started cropping up as well. Legendary horror writer Stephen King even weighed in, telling USA Weekend (via The Guardian), "Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good." Ouch.

Nevertheless, the series got monetized into a five-film-monster, raking in over $2.5 billion at the global box office. Almost overnight, the stars of the franchise were catapulted into fame, becoming household names instantaneously. So popular was the series, that the top three cast members, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, all made a whopping $25 million apiece for the final two films. Jealous yet?

So, now that the Twilight pandemonium has finally been put to bed, what has the cast been up to? Sure, the saga's megastars Stewart and Pattinson have kept busy, but what about the rest? Read on to find out who's pivoted into being a successful entrepreneur, who's become a musical maven, and who has found more luck across the pond since ditching Hollywood.

Kristen Stewart solidified herself as indie film darling

There was once a time that Kristen Stewart was absolutely despised by critics, with people clambering up to declare she was a one-dimensional actress — all thanks to the Twilight saga.

As it turns out, the Twilight starlet is having the last laugh, as she hasn't stopped working since the franchise came to a close. Riding the coattails of her success as Bella Swan, Stewart went on to star as Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012. Her personal life then took a hit when she was caught cheating on Robert Pattinson with the director of Snow White and the Huntsman, Rupert Sanders. In a move that shattered the hearts of Twihards everywhere, K-Stew suddenly found herself gravitating towards indie roles, and out of the limelight of Hollywood. She was the first American to win the coveted French César Award for her role in Clouds of Sils Maria — the equivalent to an American Oscar. As she gushed to The Hollywood Reporter, "I really, really couldn't believe that they gave it to me, because those people rigidly dole out praise, especially to Americans."

Besides her work as an actress, Stewart has also made her mark in the fashion world as well, becoming the face of a Chanel perfume, and a Balenciaga fragrance. As of this writing, Stewart's also working on her directorial feature debut, an adaptation of a 2011 memoir, The Chronology of Water.

RPatz, the next Bruce Wayne?

Much like Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson had some trouble shaking off his Twilight image, even as he set his sights on indie projects that would give him some reputable cred. David Michôd, director of 2014 Aussie dystopian drama, The Rover, ended up casting RPatz in a major role for the film, but even he, admittedly, didn't know what to expect. In an behind-the-scenes featurette, Michôd explained, "I thought he was going to be some kind of teen-heartthrob franchise guy."

Pattinson's next successful venture? 2017's Good Time, directed by the Safdie brothers. The indie flick fared so well, it even got some famous names gushing about it. Appearing on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show to promote his own movie, Pete Davidson refused to stop raving about RPatz's crime-thriller. So, did the Twilight alum manage to get rid of his brooding vampire image? As Benny Safdie told The Guardian of Pattinson, "He wanted people to look at him in the movie as if he had been street cast. He wanted to disappear."

Unfortunately for RPatz, some critics just can't seem to get past his early work. With news that Pattinson is set to star as the next Batman, some fans aren't impressed, even petitioning against the casting choice. 

This wolf is now a witty comedian

It would have mades sense for Taylor Lautner to have the same fate as his two Twilight co-stars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. The heartthrob once famously committed to gaining 30 pounds of muscle to reprise his role as Jacob Black in the Twilight sequel, New Moon, with teen girls everywhere wanting a piece of the buff werewolf. As it turns out, the Twi-hunk didn't have the same luck with the characters he chose. His immediate follow-up role to the blockbuster franchise was 2011's Abduction, and it turned out to be a total bust. After that, things in Tinseltown turned a bit sour. As one producer told The Hollywood Reporter, "[Lautner's] first movie just wasn't very good, and it didn't justify what he was asking for at the time."

What Lautner did next was unthinkable: he ditched his ever-declining Hollywood wolfpack and swam across the pond — into the dry land of English humor. Taking over for Andy Samberg in the BBC Three comedy series, Cuckoo, the world finally found out that Lautner is, in fact, a pretty funny guy. As British-run newspaper The Telegraph reported, fans wondered how the Twilight alum would fare. "The answer is: brilliantly." After sticking around on the show from 2014 until the end of 2018, Lautner finally left the series, although admitting in a statement (per TV Wise), "Not all goodbyes are forever."

Peter Facinelli definitely found his fanbase

The Cullen clan patriarch, Carlisle, played by Peter Facinelli, saw steady work as an actor after the Twilight saga ended. In fact, he made a fantastic discovery that boded fab for his career — taking on a guest role on Fox's musical comedy show, Glee. The actor revealed to Hollywood Life that the fanbase was pretty similar to that of the vampire series. "Now I have a connection with Glee fans – it's like a crossover for Glee and Twilight fans." Facinelli added that he even bonded with actress Lea Michele, as he worked almost strictly with the starlet.

Learning how to appeal to his younger fanbase both with Twilight and Glee, Facinelli braved forward in 2015, finding work on CW's Supergirl. Only remaining on the show for a year, perhaps the celeb finally had enough of all the otherworldly vampires and superheroes. His next move? Stepping behind the camera for 2018's Breaking & Exiting. The actor-turned-director admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that the experience was "nerve-wracking." He went on, "When you're an actor and you go to a screening … you think, 'Wow, I hope people like my performance,' … with this movie, I take responsibility for all the performances, the clothes that they're wearing. I take responsibility for the music that you're hearing, and the pacing of the movie — everything falls on me." Yikes, that's definitely not intimidating at all.

Elizabeth Reaser can't shake off the macabre

Ever since her time playing vampire Esme Cullen in Twilight, Elizabeth Reaser refuses to give up all things spooky and grim. The brunette starlet appeared in 2017's Discovery Channel miniseries, Manhunt: Unabomber, based on the disturbing true story of convicted domestic terrorist, Ted Kaczynski. Speaking to Moviefone, the actress gushed about her love of darker projects, admitting, "Well, the true crime stuff, I confess to being obsessed with! Any of those kinds of shows I get really sort of sucked into." Reaser also admitted to perhaps being slightly typecast for darker roles — because of her face. "It seems sad or serious or something … people just don't see me, unless they know me, they don't see me as a funny person."

Lucky for the Twilight alum her brooding face books her gigs. In 2018 she joined Netflix's creepy hit The Haunting of Hill House, playing mortician, Shirley Crain. Reaser called her character "unapologetically angry" in an interview with Syfy. "It was really fun to play. I just loved that about her." As it turns out, the macabre just works for her.

This star totally had a Twilight-esque wedding

Much like Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene traversed across the pond for some UK-based fun away from Hollywood. The actress landed a lead role alongside Scott Adkins in the English action-crime flick Accident Man, based on a character from the '90s UK comic, Toxic!.

With her brief British stint under her belt, Greene returned to America to join the cast of the YouTube web series, Step Up: High Water. Her role in the show is definitely a far cry from the sweet and loveable Alice Cullen in Twilight. Speaking to Access Hollywood about her character, Nine, she revealed, "I get to basically just be catty and sassy … She's not evil, but I thinks she definitely knows what she wants and goes after it."

As for her personal life? It looks like the actress still has a bit of spooky Twilight nostalgia in her. The brunette beauty took some time away from acting to get married in 2018 to hubby Paul Khoury — in a romantic grove of redwood trees. Harking back to the woodsy forest setting in which the Twilight saga was shot, her wedding day looked absolutely magical!

This actor has Twilight to thank for his career

Jackson Rathbone dabbled in many different ventures since playing Jasper Hale in his Twilight days, but he has no delusions about where all of that good career fortune is rooted. Opening up to Newsweek, the actor said, "I'm very selective in the roles that I play. I get to be selective now because I have a fairly good career after Twilight. Before that, I was working as an actor, but Twilight really brought me into worldwide recognition." While some actors from the franchise (we're looking at you, Pattinson) have openly expressed their dislike of the flicks, Rathbone has no hard feelings. As he proudly went told Newsweek, "I'm quite partial to the original just because I think Catherine [Hardwicke] did an incredible job setting the franchise and the tone."

Since the saga, Rathbone has definitely picked meaningful roles, such as starring in 2017's true story, Heart, Baby. The actor played songwriter Doc and fellow prisoner to George Lee Martin, a boxer who is offered the opportunity at freedom in exchange for fighting at the 1984 Olympic Games. Along with admitting that the role truly taught him the meaning of forgiveness, Rathbone must have jumped at the opportunity to play a musician — considering that's another medium in which he's had success. Debuting his solo album, American Spirit Blues in 2018, it's easy to say that this ex-vamp is having the time of his life.

Watch your back, Matt Damon

After playing the most intimidating member of the Cullen clan, Emmett Cullen, Kellan Lutz landed even more burly Hollywood roles, and really, are we surprised? 2013 first saw him flexing his cartoon muscles in a 3D rendition of Tarzan, with the actor revealing that he still had to be in peak physical form for the role. In one of the bonus features about the making of the flick (via USA Today) the hunk revealed that for the motion-capture to work for the role, it involved "a lot of jumping, climbing, fighting and other physical work wearing a skintight suit."

After hanging up his animated loincloth, Lutz took on another heroic character. This time, the titular role in The Legend of Hercules in 2014. Although the typecasting is clearly evident, the hunky star doesn't mind at all. Speaking to Reuters, Lutz explained, "If everyone saw me as an action guy and gave me action movie after action movie, I'd be fine with it, it's one of those great genres that you always have fun doing." The actor then did go on to mention, however, that he'd love to have a career like Matt Damon, who's done action roles, along with both drama and comedies.

Nikki Reed found success doing what?

Not all of the Twilight alums continued with a streak of successful Hollywood flicks. Nikki Reed, the alluring Rosalie Hale of the Cullen clan, unfortunately, found herself in a string of flops, causing her to get crafty with her success. The solution? Recycling computer motherboards. Wait, what?

Per People, the actress-turned-designer started her own sustainable lifestyle brand, Bayou with Love, where she has collaborated with Dell to "extract gold and precious materials from computer motherboards and recycle them into jewelry." According to Reed, "there's 800 times more gold in a ton of computer motherboards than in a ton of ore from the ground, and over 60 million dollars of gold and silver is thrown away on landfill every year unknowingly. So why not use it?" We gotta say, the girl has a point.

Besides making trash look fab, the actress also become an ambassador for the plant-based baby food delivery service, Raised Real. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reed was inspired to work with the brand thanks to her and actor hubby Ian Somerhalder's baby daughter, Bodhi. So, how to these parents/performers/entrepreneurs balance their busy life? Reed told Us Weekly, "We're both really passionate people and we both have a lot going on all the time, so I think that being supportive of the other person's dreams and aspirations and passions is important and it's something that we practice."

Billy Burke returned to his villainous roots

Actor Billy Burke continued tackling moody projects since playing Bella Swan's dad, Charlie Swan, in the Twilight flicks. He had a recurring role in CBS action-thriller, Zoo, where he played a scientist, and in 2016, he starred in the horror film, Lights Out, which was met to relatively good reviews.

But it's his role in the 2018 crime-drama Breaking In, alongside Gabrielle Union, that has us buzzing, considering he plays an absolutely terrifying villain. Surprisingly enough, the actor revealed in an interview with KTLA 5 Morning News that it wasn't his first time playing a bad guy. That's right, folks, Bella Swan's soft-spoken dad actually has a mean streak. "I hadn't done it in a while. I spent the first good portion of my career I think getting gigs because of my ability to grow facial hair and sneer. It was nice to return to that."

Cam Gigandet and The O.C. didn't mix well

Cam Gigandet shot to fame playing the guy everyone loved to hate both in the Twilight series, and teen hit, The O.C. Hanging up his villainous cape in 2014, the actor then starred in short-lived CBS legal drama Reckless, playing a divorced father-of-two attorney. Although we're used to seeing the blonde actor scowl on camera, he revealed in an interview with Collider that he likes "having that balance" between playing both bad guys and good. After Reckless got canceled, Gigandet took on a role in the AT&T Original Series Ice, which lasted from 2016 to 2018 and was met to, unfortunately, lackluster reviews. Hmm, perhaps he should stick to what he does best?

More of a reserved dude in real life, it turns out, Gigandet isn't really in touch with most people he's acted with in the past. Although the celeb has kept mum about his Twilight castmates, he didn't have the most amicable things to say about some other former A-listers. Opening up to Elle, the actor dished about his not-so-great time on The O.C. "Ben McKenzie was kind of mean to me," Gigandet said, adding, "I hadn't done anything at that point and he was a little bit of an ass. But I love him." As for Mischa Barton? "I didn't really … Was she there? I don't even have memories of herm," he said. Harsh!

Twilight was a lifetime ago for Anna Kendrick

In terms of who has seen the most success since the Twilight days, Anna Kendrick is right up there with co-stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. She's done so well for herself that she even tweeted she forgot she was ever in the series — Okay fine, the girl's got jokes. But the bubbly star has certainly kept busy since the franchise, landing a slew of films credits, most notably the Pitch Perfect flicks and Into the Woods. With both films relying heavily on music and singing, Kendrick revealed in an interview with Collider that she actually had a background in music theatre. "I was excited about singing … I was really insistent on was that whenever I'm singing alone in the movie, I'm singing live on set … frankly I'm just not good in the recording studio."

Although Kendrick had what some would call a traditional role as Cinderella in Disney's Into The Woods, the starlet stands behind the fact that it's a feminist interpretation of a classic tale. As she explained to Vulture, "What's interesting about this version … is that not only does Cinderella leave her prince, but she leaves with forgiveness and respect and compassion for the prince … There is something extremely relevant and modern about the idea of civility in separation."

Another notch on her hugely successful belt? Kendrick also wrote Scrappy Little Nobody, a memoir and collection of autobiographical essays about her life. You go, girl.