Peter Facinelli was raised in Queens, New York. He comes from an immigrant family, with roots in Trentino, Northern Italy. Growing up he had three sisters. Attended St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, New York. He pursued his passion for acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School after leaving St. John's University where he initially studied.
In 1995 Peter made his debut on screen with a role in Rebecca Miller's movie called Angela (1995). Since then he has been consistently working in the industry. Some of his projects include The Price of Love (1995) An Unfinished Affair (1996). Where he met his wife Jennie Garth. Touch Me (1997) and The Scorpion King (2002). Additionally Peter has appeared in TV shows like Fastlane (2002) Six Feet Under (2001) Damages (2007) and Nurse Jackie (2009). His breakthrough came in 2008 when he landed the role of Dr. Carlisle Cullen, in the Twilight series.
One of the things that strikes you about Peter Facinelli, the young actor who played Jennifer Love Hewitts love interest in Can't Hardly Wait and in The Big Kahuna, alongside Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito (a role that has the potential to launch his career) is not just his appearance but also the calm and composed demeanor he exudes. Facinelli speaks softly. Has a gaze indicating his keen observation skills—a vital aspect of his impressive acting talent. As a child he vividly recalls watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. At the library he delved into picture books about Paul Newman and Robert Redford. " Now I have a fascination for biographies, " shared Facinelli with enthusiasm. "I find people's life stories incredibly captivating."
An actor from the Twilight series was asked if they would consider returning for the TV reboot. It was announced in April 2023 that Twilight will be transitioning to television. While it's not clear yet whether the project will be a remake of Stephanie Meyer's books or a spin off, we do know that Sinead Daly, known for her work on Walking Dead; World Beyond and Raised By Wolves will be involved in writing the script. The studio Lionsgate TV will be presenting the show to networks and streaming platforms.
Back to Screen
During an interview with Variety at an event Peter Facinelli, who played Dr. Carlisle Cullen discussed his thoughts on reprising his role for the TV show. He also mentioned the announced revival of Nurse Jackie. Expressed his willingness to return for both projects expressing his happiness about their comeback.
See what he had to say "I'm first and foremost a fan myself. If they reach out to me I'll definitely be there.. If not I'll certainly be watching. I'm thrilled to see them making a comeback. I have an affection for both the filmmakers and producers."
Facinelli and other familiar faces from Twilight could potentially make appearances in the TV show, as characters paying homage to the movies without being tied down as direct continuations.
The new Cruel Intentions series adopted this strategy by casting an actor from the 1999 film, in a character. Similarly the movie Hes All That followed suit by featuring Rachael Leigh Cook and Matthew Lillard in roles compared to She's All That.
Facinelli found himself enrolled at the Tisch School of The Arts, at New York University which proved to be a platform for honing his craft. However he acknowledged that studying acting is quite different from studying law. Acting encompasses an array of techniques, ideas and perspectives that make it both intricate and straightforward. At Tisch, Facinelli trained with the Atlantic Theatre Company while also exploring techniques, like Stanislavski and Meisner among others.