Peter Facinelli is way less pasty in person.
“Do I look like this guy?” he said, holding up a publicity shot of him all done up as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, the wise, compassionate head of a vampire clan in the “Twilight” series. He’s not worried, in other words, about being typecast.
“I’d be more worried if I looked like him,” said Facinelli, also starring these days as Dr. Fitch Cooper in “Nurse Jackie,” the Showtime series.
He was in town over the weekend to greet ardent fans at the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia, who brought books and movie posters for him to sign.
“I enjoy interacting with the fans,” Facinelli said. “There’s an energy that just feeds me.”
(Heh heh, “feeds me.” Get it?)
On a serious note we asked Facinelli, married to actress Jennie Garth and the dad of three daughters, if he’s concerned about his girls watching “Twilight” movies or reading the books. In the most recent flick, “New Moon,” lead character Bella spends much of her time moping over her departed vampire honey Edward, even engaging in risky behavior to summon his image.
Facinelli said parents should do the viewing and reading first, and then decide what’s appropriate.
“My (oldest) daughter is 12 and I’ve only let her read the first two books,” he said. “Parents need to be responsible before you let a 9-year-old read all four. I try to shield my daughter from sexual content. I don’t want her to grow up too fast.”
The 3-year-old, by the way, just loves to see Dad on the screen. ”When I asked her what her favorite part was she said, ‘The scary parts!’”