Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, and Peter Facinelli at CHLA (Taryn Ryder)
Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, and Jackson Rathbone all popped in to surprise kids who just thought they were getting a special screening of the film. The “Twilight” stars passed out signed DVDs, posed for pictures, and spent time talking with many families inside the hospital.
“When we were filming [Breaking Dawn] we went and gave our time at the Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge and it feels good to be able to give back,” Facinelli told omg! during his visit. “I know a lot of these kids are going through a hard time and anything you can do to put a smile on their face or make their day better, gives them positive energy and keep fighting the good fight to get better.”
Facinelli lit up the room by telling a few jokes to the patients and explained what went into filming some of the difficult scenes like the big showdown at the end. (Did you know they had to film with cardboard werewolfs?)
“If we can come down here and give them a DVD and make them feel special, we want to do that,” Reed told omg!, adding that it was a no-brainer to stop by.
Rathbone agreed: “We want them to just be in the moment and have them try to forget about anything that’s bad.”
One 19-year-old patient, Elain, seemed to make a lasting impression on the cast.
“Elain was so smart — and not just because I was her favorite character,” laughed Reaser. “No, she was a real fan of Esme and she said I was the best mom, which I just felt to be really touching, flattering, and the sweetest thing someone can say. All of the kids were hilarious!”
“I think initially the kids were a little afraid to talk to me because Rosalie is so mean!” joked Reed after chatting with the group of teenagers. “After 10 minutes in there one of the girls, Elain, was like, ‘Hey you seem really nice! So Rosalie likes Bella, right?’”
“It’s so sweet, I love when people say that,” she continued. “I love that moment of recognition where they realize I’m not the character.”
“I just realized it last week!” Rathbone chimed in.
“That’s because I stopped wearing my blonde wig to your house when I come over!” quipped Reed.
For two stars, the visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles struck close to home.
“My middle daughter was here for four weeks, she had a fever of unknown origin, and the care they gave her, the doctors — you could tell it’s a really good hospital,” Facinelli shared with omg!. “But they need funds and they need participation and they need people to commit not just with money, but with time.”
Rathbone — who welcomed his first son this past summer — echoed similar sentiments.
“Being here definitely hits home in a way that is greater than it used to be,” he said. “It always hits you on a primal level, but now I feel a little more for the parents than perhaps I understood before.”
You can donate to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles right here.
And don’t forget to pick up a copy of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,” out at midnight!
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