Go Onstage — And Home! — With ‘Twilight’ Star Jackson Rathbone

By Larry Carroll

Imagine being a star in one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster franchises. Now, imagine being a rocker who can play multiple instruments with ease and has a standing weekly gig at a Hollywood hotspot. Finally, picture the thrill of standing onstage while your devoted (and almost entirely female) fanbase shrieks at your every move.

Welcome to the world of Jackson Rathbone. We gave the 23-year-old “Twilight” star a Flip Cam recently during a concert by his band 100 Monkeys, and told him to go to town. The actor/musician shot his view from the stage, gave us an exclusive tour of the instruments at his house and even introduced us to his cat Dean.

Maybe Jackson will turn out to be the next J.Lo, and someday top the worlds of music and movies simultaneously. OK, maybe that’s not his ideal role model; maybe he’d prefer to pull a Robert Pattinson and keep things under the radar. Either way, it’s a lot of fun looking into the life of the banjo-lele-wielding artist sometimes known as Jasper Hale — and suddenly, it’s not nearly as hard to imagine what it would be like to live out Jackson’s real life rock ’n’ roll fantasy.