Hey Twilight Fans: Edward Really Is Related to Dracula
Ancestry.com unveils Robert Pattinson's relation to Dracula
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2010 11:37 AM CDT
Robert Pattinson portrays Edward Cullen, left, and Kristen Stewart portrays Bella Swan in a scene from "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."   (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Kimberley French)

(Newser) – This is sure to send all those Twilight-obsessed tweens into a tizzy: Robert Pattinson, aka Edward Cullen of the Twilight films, is related to Dracula. At least, he’s related to Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula character, the AP reports. Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is also, conveniently enough, related to Vlad.

"Tracing Pattinson's family back to Vlad was difficult research, but the pieces that unraveled created the perfect accompaniment to the Twilight Saga," says a genealogist at Ancestry.com, calling Pattinson's life story “just as supernatural as the one he's playing on screen."