With the Eclipse premiere just days away, Carlisle Cullen actor Peter Facinelli proves he hasn’t lost his sense of humor on the complications of vampire-human love.

“Doesn’t everyone have someone like Edward in their family that seems to be in a problematical relationship?” Peter tells Parade magazine. “You’re like, ‘I really wish they weren’t dating that person,’ but because you love them you just smile and say, ‘Welcome to the family.’

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“I think love makes you do some pretty crazy things like even giving your life up for all eternity.”

He adds: “Edward shouldn’t really play with his food though. Romancing Bella is like falling in love with your mashed potatoes. Our family is living on a really strict bloodless diet, and when you’re on a diet you get cranky sometimes.

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“I’ve always said, ‘Why don’t the Cullens have a petting farm, like a little zoo in the backyard, so if we want like a snack, we just go and grab a squirrel. It would be like having a candy bar or something.”

Beyond the ins and outs of the Twilight Saga plot, Peter, who’s married to another teen idol, Jennie Garth, talks about the grueling preparation for Eclipse.

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“We trained for six weeks to take on the ‘newborns’ who are the bad vampires. We all loved the action stuff. My daughter came down and was watching one of the scenes. After we filmed it, I let her try.

“It was awesome. This 12-year-old girl was throwing this stunt guy across the room. That’s how good those guys make us look.”

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Meanwhile, Peter reveals what a family the cast are, on and off the screen. “We spent a lot of time together in rehearsals, a lot of time helping each other out. I think there’s a bond there because we all respected each other as actors.

“When I see them, they put a smile on my face. I have a profound love, like a family love, for all of the Cullens and for Bella and for Jacob. I just want to go over and give them a hug. I enjoy them. We did things together like they’d come over and play poker at the end of a day of filming.”

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