A year ago, they were young actors with few credits, traveling to Portland to shoot a low-budget vampire film with an indie director. This week, they’re returning to Vancouver as A-listers, filming one of the most eagerly anticipated sequels of the year.
Hollywood has finally taken notice of the stars of “Twilight” — and so have the dreaded paparazzi.
“It’s kind of bizarre,” Ashley Greene told us over the weekend, discussing the stalker-iffic photos that popped up all over the Web recently — some even dissecting their beverage selections as they began “New Moon” pre-production. “We would walk out of our hotel, and there would be people there taking pictures, and the [headline] would be, like, ’Jackson and Ashley Get Coffee!’ It’s new.”
According to Edi Gathegi, there might even be a double agent in the midst of the “Twilight” stars, leaking details about their movements. “There is a mole, and the mole is feeding information,” Gathegi marveled, remembering recent pictures of the group flying out of Vancouver last week. “[The paparazzi] took pictures of every single one of us leaving the airport! It’s like, how are they getting this information?”
At an event inside Beverly Hills, California, shop Kitson this past Saturday, paparazzi were all over the sidewalk. One photographer was seen driving with his right hand and simultaneously pointing his camera out the window with his left. Another, parked in a red zone, dropped the flatbed portion of his truck, stood on it and quickly snapped photos of Rachelle Lefevre, Kellan Lutz and Greene before speeding off.
“You know what? They are so much more polite in Canada,” Greene observed, comparing her recent interactions. “I think that everyone in Canada is more polite, and the paparazzi are even polite to you. It’s kind of bizarre.
“They were even like, ’Do you mind if we take a picture?’ ” Greene remembered of one group of photographers.
“They’ll let you fix your eye makeup first,” Lefevre agreed.
“A year later, it’s starting to hit me how huge this thing is,” Gathegi said of all the attention sure to surround them as they reconvene on the “New Moon” set this week. “You really have to pay attention to what you look like when you leave your house, because you will be up on a blog site within minutes.”
The celebrity stalkings have gotten so bad, in fact, that some “Twilight” stars have decided to fight back.
“It’s funny. Edi and myself — because they have been up there and they have really been [following] us — we’ve been messing with them,” Kellan Lutz said of recent pictures that include him taking photos of the photographers. “It’s great; we have been doing some pranks on them. I can’t really share any, but a lot of the pictures are planned.”
“Click, click, click,” Gathegi mimicked, saying he can’t even go to the store in Vancouver without hearing the increasingly familiar noise. “And they try to be slick about it. They’ll have it in a bag, they’re looking at you, and the second you turn around? Click. My ex-girlfriend called me and was like, ’This is a little weird now. I’m looking at my favorite blog site, and you’re up there. What’s happening?’ Well, it’s weird for me too.”
“There is having your picture taken nicely at an event, and then there is having your picture taken at 5 in the morning in front of Starbucks when you’re not even awake,” Lefevre explained of the stars’ current, increasingly tumultuous relationship with the paparazzi. “I think the truth is that it’s unavoidable. If we could cultivate some sort of a mutual respect, that would be ideal. But somehow, that doesn’t seem like it’s gonna go down.”
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