Naperville Sun: Naperville Families Welcome ‘Twilight’ Vampire

You’re not sup­posed to invite a vam­pire into your house, but when Robert Pat­tin­son of “Twi­light” fame rang the door­bell of the Web­ster family’s Naperville home Tues­day, all deco­rum — let alone rules — went out the window.

Pattinson’s appear­ance was part of a taped stunt set up by pro­duc­ers of “The Oprah Win­frey Show.” The actor made sur­prise vis­its to three Naperville homes that evening.

“Twi­light” cast mem­bers from the movie fran­chise about teen vam­pires were in town to tape an episode set to air May 13. The Web­sters were one of the fam­i­lies who had requested tick­ets to attend the tap­ing. Lit­tle did they know they would get a whole lot more.

Jeanne Web­ster and her daugh­ter Colleen, a sopho­more at Naperville Cen­tral High School, had been con­tacted by pro­duc­ers and told that no more tick­ets were avail­able. Instead, the pro­duc­ers asked if they could set up a video phone in the Web­sters’ home Tues­day night so Win­frey could talk to them remotely dur­ing tap­ing the next morn­ing. The Web­sters agreed and set­tled in for what they thought would be a dull night of tech­ni­cal setup.

“At 9 p.m. the door­bell rings and we saw this huge light and we were just scream­ing,” said Jeanne. “We thought it was Oprah at the door. My daugh­ter Colleen opened the door and it was Rob Pat­tin­son at the door to wish her a sweet 16th birthday.”

Another Naperville fam­ily, the McAlpines, also fell vic­tim to what would become a wel­come prank.

Lisa McAlpine’s 13-year-old daugh­ter Meg­gan had invited three friends over to watch the video-phone setup. They met a movie star instead.

“The poor man — they prac­ti­cally tack­led him,” said Lisa. “I don’t think he’ll have his hear­ing back for awhile.”

“I was in a state of shock at first,” said Meg­gan. “I always think if I ever meet these peo­ple this is what I’m going to say to them, but all I could do was scream.”

At the Web­sters’ home, Pat­tin­son stuck around for about 15 to 20 minutes.

“I had my glasses on and had taken out my con­tacts and had no makeup on,” said Jeanne. “I couldn’t believe it. He was really funny and answered all of (Colleen’s) ques­tions. He was a real laid-back type of guy.”

Pat­tin­son also handed out Oprah tick­ets, so Jeanne, Colleen and 17-year-old daugh­ter Shan­non attended the Wednes­day tap­ing, where they also got to see stars Kris­ten Stew­art, Tay­lor Laut­ner and Dakota Fanning.

“It’s been a crazy cou­ple of days,” said Colleen. “I can’t believe it. The first thing that went through my mind was, ‘This can­not be hap­pen­ing to me.’ I was com­pletely speech­less for the first time in my life.”

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