Twilight’s Edward Cullen – Biography, History, & Character Information

  • Full name: Edward Anthony Masen Cullen
  • Type: Vampire
  • Special Ability: Telepathy (with the exception of Bella Swan)
  • Physical Appearance:
    • Height: 6’1″
    • Hair Color: Bronze/Copper
    • Eye Color: As a human, green. As a vampire who feeds on animals instead of humans, topaz; darkens as he gets hungry.
  • Background:
    • Birthdate: June 20, 1901
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
    • Parents: Edward and Elizabeth Masen
    • Vampire Rebirth: Dying of the Spanish Influenza at age 17 in year 1918, Edward was turned into a vampire by Carlisle Cullen at the request of his mother.
    • Special Ability: Can read the minds of others, everyone with the exception of Bella Swan.
    • Interests: Piano, music, baseball, fast cars

Edward is known for being charming, polite, determined, and very stubborn. He is very protective over Bella and puts her safety, humanity, and welfare before anything else. He often over-analyzes situations and has a tendency to overreact-especially in situations where Bella’s safety is at risk. He often uses outdated speech and grammar from his human life in the early 20th century. Edward is impossibly beautiful. His skin is “like marble”—very pale, ice cold, and sparkles like diamonds in the sunlight. His facial features are perfect and angular—high cheekbones, strong jawline, a straight nose, and full lips. His hair, which is always messy, retains the unusual bronze shade that he inherited in from his biological mother. His eyes, once green, are now described as gold.

Edward has certain unique abilities that are his alone. He is the fastest of the Cullens-able to outrun any of them and almost any other vampire alive. Perhaps as a result of a talent for empathy in his human life, Edward can now also read the mind of anyone within a few miles of himself; Bella is the sole exception to this rule, which Meyer has stated is due to Bella having a very private mind. Edward finds it very frustrating to not be able to read Bella’s thoughts; however, Bella prizes it very highly.

Edward is musical as he is able to play the piano like it is second nature. He enjoys a wide range of music, including classical, jazz, progressive metal, alternative rock, and punk rock, but dislikes country. He prefers indie rock to mainstream, and appreciates rock and classical music equally. He mentions in Twilight that he likes music from the fifties better than the sixties, dislikes the seventies, and says the eighties were “bearable.” Edward also composes music and Esme always brightens up whenever she hears Edward playing or composing. In Twilight we hear of Esme’s favorite composition and the new song he composes for Bella: Bella’s Lullaby.

Edward has the expensive hobby of collecting cars. He owns a Volvo S60 R and an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish as a “special occasion” car. He also gives his sister, Alice, a Porsche 911 Turbo as a gift in Eclipse for holding Bella hostage while he was gone. He bought a motorcycle to ride alongside Bella, but gave it to Jasper after he realized that riding motorcycles was a hobby she enjoyed sharing with Jacob.

After the events of “Eclipse,” Edward Cullen’s story in the “Twilight” series continues to evolve significantly in “Breaking Dawn.” Edward marries Bella Swan, and they embark on their honeymoon. The joy of their new marriage is soon overshadowed by Bella’s unexpected and life-threatening pregnancy. Edward is tormented by guilt and fear for Bella’s health during her pregnancy with their half-vampire, half-human daughter, Renesmee.

Edward’s protective nature is heightened as he faces the possibility of losing Bella during childbirth. When Bella’s life is endangered, Edward makes the critical decision to save her by transforming her into a vampire. This act deepens their bond and solidifies their family unit, which now includes their daughter.

As a father, Edward shows a tender and nurturing side, especially towards Renesmee. His initial worry about the nature of his child gives way to profound love and dedication. He becomes fiercely protective of his daughter, especially as the threat of the Volturi looms.

With Bella’s transformation, Edward no longer needs to worry about her fragility as a human. This allows their relationship to progress on more equal grounds. Edward is also relieved that Bella’s mind becomes accessible to him after her transformation, deepening their emotional connection.

Edward’s abilities remain crucial to the Cullens’ survival, especially his speed and mind-reading skills. These traits become vital during the confrontation with the Volturi, where he plays a key role in the strategic planning and execution of their defense.

Edward’s personal interests, such as his love for music and collection of cars, continue to be a part of his character. However, they take a backseat to his new responsibilities as a husband and father. His focus shifts more towards protecting his family and ensuring their safety in a world filled with dangers for vampires and their loved ones.

Early History

Edward Cullen, originally born Edward Anthony Masen, was actually born on June 20, 1901 in Chicago Illinois. He is the adopted son of Carlisle and Esme Cullen, the adopted brother of Rosalie, Emmett, Alice and Jasper, and the husband of Bella Swan. While dying of the Spanish influenza in 1918, Edward was changed into a vampire by Dr. Carlisle Cullen after Edward’s mother, Elizabeth, begged him to save Edward as her dying wish.

Carlisle instilled in him a sense of morality uncommon in most vampires, and central to his way of life is the refusal to consider humans as food. Being a stubborn person, Edward often struggles with himself and the way of life he leads during his younger years as a vampire. Carlisle had faith and love beyond measure with Edward however, and let him leave every time Edward decided to run off. In the end, Edward accepted who he was, and stayed with Carlisle as the family grew.

Actor Biography

  • Name: Robert Thomas Pattinson
  • Nick Name(s): Rob, Rpattz, Spunk Ransom
  • Date of Birth: May 13th 1986
  • Height: 6’1”
  • Hair: Light Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue-Grey

Fun Fact: According to Robert, he has a terrible memory.

Hometown(s): London, England

Career: Robert Pattinson started his modeling career at the age of twelve. It lasted only four short years as his masculine appearance was undesirable. He stated that “when I first started I was quite tall and looked like a girl, so I got lots of jobs, because it was during that period where the androgynous look was cool. Then, I guess, I became too much of a guy, so I never got any more jobs. I had the most unsuccessful modeling career.”

However, his acting career has already had far more success than his modeling career. He started off with a supporting role in Vanity Fair, while his scenes did not make the theater version, his scenes did appear on the DVD. He next played the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Next to Twilight it is one of the roles he is most remembered for. He has also been in How to Be, Twilight, and Little Ashes. His role in Twilight made him a teenage heartthrob, or really a lady’s man in general. His next appearance includes New Moon and if slated for filming, Eclipse.

About Them: Robert Thomas Pattinson was born in London, England with his mother, Clare, who worked for a modeling agency, and his father, Richard, who imported vintage cars from the U.S. He became involved in amateur theatre through the Barnes Theatre Company and after some backstage experience there, he eventually took on acting roles.

He caught the attention of an acting agent in a production of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and then began looking for professional roles. Considered quitting acting before getting the role of Art in How To Be.

He enjoys music and is an excellent musician, playing both the guitar and piano. He is a marvelous sportsman playing football (soccer), skiing, snowboarding, and more. He has a dog named Patty. Robert had to learn how to dive for his role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. After being cast as Edward Cullen in Twilight, there was a petition with 75,000 signatures against Robert playing the part. Robert was named the “next Jude Law” by Teen People.

Pattinson has been featured in magazines such as Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone; and has had features on the cover of Entertainment Weekly three times in 2008. He admires Jack Nicholson. Favorite musical artists include Van Morrison, Kings of Leon, and Laura Marling. Co-wrote and performed “Never Think” and also performed “Let Me Sign” for the Twilight Soundtrack. James Dean is his fashion inspiration.

Quick Quote: “Up until I was 12 my sisters used to dress me up as a girl and introduce me as ‘Claudia’! Twelve was a turning point as I moved to a mixed school and then I became cool and discovered hair gel.”

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