Cast of 'Twilight' then .... – Just four years ago, "Twilight" was known only as a low-budget romantic drama, Robert Pattinson was known as a "Harry Potter" character, and Taylor Lautner looked more like a cub than a wolf.So much has changed since 2008. As the final "Twilight" film brings the franchise to an end, let's look at how some of the main cast members from the first "Twilight" installment have evolved.
... And now – Massive international fame brings about haircuts, apparently. The starring trio, Taylor Lautner, left, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, embrace Thursday, November 15, for "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2's" Madrid photo call.
Then: Kristen Stewart – When Kristen Stewart worked the red carpet of the "Twilight" premiere in Madrid on October 28, 2008, she wasn't the celebrity gossip subject she is today. Instead, she was best known for working smaller dramatic projects like "Into the Wild," "The Yellow Handkerchief" and "In the Land of Women."
Now: Kristen Stewart – But when Stewart returned to Madrid for her last "Twilight" film on Thursday, she was a bona fide newsmaker -- with a scandal under her belt, to boot -- leading big-budget projects like "Snow White and the Huntsman" as well as more independent endeavors.
Then: Robert Pattinson – When Pattinson showed up at the Los Angeles premiere of the first "Twilight" film in 2008, he probably caused some "Harry Potter" fans to wonder if Cedric Diggory, the minor character he portrayed in 2005's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," was lost.
Now: Robert Pattinson – But when Pattinson hit the L.A. premiere for the final "Twilight" installment on Monday, November 12, he was no longer known as Potter's competitor. The actor's started to make a name for himself outside of "Twilight" with 2011's "Water for Elephants," and on the art house circuit with the 2012 David Cronenberg project, "Cosmopolis."
Then: Taylor Lautner – In the weeks leading up to "Twilight's" 2008 premiere, Taylor Lautner was 16 and looked every bit of it. His name up to this point was likely best associated with the 2005 kids' movie, "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D."
Now: Taylor Lautner – Lautner has since morphed into a Hollywood heartthrob, and by the time the 20-year-old showed up at "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2's" L.A. premiere, he also had an action thriller and an ensemble romantic comedy with his now-ex, Taylor Swift, to his name.
Then: Ashley Greene – When actress Ashley Greene walked the red carpet for the L.A. premiere of "Max Payne" in October 2008, it would be one of the last times she'd circulate a Hollywood event without any "Twi"-mania.
Now: Ashley Greene – Portraying vampire Alice Cullen in the "Twilight" series has catapulted Greene to new heights of celebrity, with her dating life -- which has included a Jonas brother -- being a favorite topic during interviews.
Then: Nikki Reed – Nikki Reed, seen here at the L.A. premiere of "Twilight" in 2008, was already famous as the wild child teen friend of Evan Rachel Wood's character in the 2003 indie "Thirteen." "Twilight" was a reunion for Reed and Catherine Hardwicke, who directed both films and co-wrote "Thirteen" with Reed.
Now: Nikki Reed – These days, Nikki Reed is known to "Twilight" fans -- who are seen here at the L.A. premiere of "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" on Monday -- as the vampire Rosalie, and in real life as the woman who married "American Idol" contestant Paul McDonald.
Then: Kellan Lutz – Actor and model Kellan Lutz had landed roles on the small screen -- "The Comeback," "Summerland" -- as well as on the silver screen -- "Stick It," "Accepted" -- before he appeared in the first "Twilight" film in November 2008.
Now: Kellan Lutz – Now best known as the strong "monkey man" vampire Emmett in the "Twilight" series, Lutz will show off his physique in 2013's "Tarzan."
Then: Jackson Rathbone – Like Lutz, Jackson Rathbone had been working in TV before landing the role of vampire Jasper Hale in "Twilight." When he arrived for the movie's L.A. premiere in November 2008, he'd appeared in "The O.C." and "Beautiful People."
Now: Jackson Rathbone – Rathbone, who's also a musician, has stepped outside the franchise with a bigger project, appearing as Sokka in 2010's "The Last Airbender." He likely didn't stay out for long at the L.A. premiere of the last "Twilight" film, as seen here, because he welcomed a son in July.
Then: Peter Facinelli – It's arguable that Peter Facinelli brought some star power to the first "Twilight" film, as he had a lengthy resume ahead of 2008's first installment with a starring role on "Fastlane" and appearances on "Damages" and "Six Feet Under," as well as movies like "Can't Hardly Wait."
Now: Peter Facinelli – Seeing that Facinelli clearly had not aged a day when he showed up for the final "Twilight" film in November has us thinking twice about whether he was just acting as a vampire.
Then: Elizabeth Reaser – Elizabeth Reaser looked familiar to "Grey's Anatomy" fans when she arrived at the premiere of "Twilight's" L.A. premiere in November 2008 because she'd just wrapped a recurring guest role on the hit ABC medical series.
Now: Elizabeth Reaser – Although "Twilight" fans know her as the mother vampire in the Cullen clan, Esme, Reaser's also been working regularly outside of the series in movies like "Young Adult" and TV series like "The Good Wife."
Then: Billy Burke – Billy Burke was known primarily for TV work before he landed the role of Bella Swan's father in the "Twilight" series, and he had numerous credits to his name, including "Gilmore Girls," "24" and "Wonderland."
Now: Billy Burke – Burke, seen here again with wife Pollyanna Rose at the "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" L.A. premiere on Monday, seems to have his post-"Twilight" plans lined up nicely: He's starring in NBC's freshman smash, "Revolution."
Then: Anna Kendrick – The 2008 L.A. premiere for "Twilight" was just the tip of the red carpet iceberg for a then-23-year-old Anna Kendrick. Although she had just a handful of credits to her name, she was about to get a grand introduction the following year with an Oscar nod for "Up in the Air."
Now: Anna Kendrick – Since then, Kendrick has balanced "Twilight" fame with a number of other feature projects, including "50/50," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," "ParaNorman," and this fall's well-received comedy, "Pitch Perfect."