Chris Riggi made a name for himself playing Lily van der Woodsen and Rufus Humphrey's son on Gossip Girl. Now the actor is back spoofing Taylor Lautner and Jacob Black">Jacob Black in the new movie, Vampires Suck, out Wednesday, August 18. J-14 caught up with Chris at the Casio 2010 Shock The World Event in New York City, where the star told us all about Vampires Suck, spoofing Taylor Lautner, and what it was really like to join the Gossip Girl cast.
J-14: Can you tell us why fans should see Vampires Suck? Chris Riggi: It is a combination of Twilight and New Moon -- it's a spoof. We [also] included like a millisecond of Lady Gaga and Jersey Shore which I'm a fan of -- it's addicting. I play Taylor Lautner's character -- Jacob White is my name. You've got [90190's] Matt Lanter, Jennifer Proske, and me making huge fools of ourselves and having an amazing time, and hopefully it has everything for Twilight fans and people who really don't like Twilight.
J-14: Did you have to bulk up to play Jacob? Chris: It was fifteen pounds of muscle which was hard, but it was a lot of fun.
J-14: Did you pig out after you finished filming?
Chris: Oh yeah! What I did was I raided craft service and then I went to IHOP right next to the hotel and then I went to Waffle House.
J-14: Are you a fan of The Twilight Saga? Chris: Yes. I wasn't before and then I had to research. No books! I went to Barnes and Noble and I was like, "Should I read the books?" Then I was like, "No, I'm not going to read the books. I'm just going to watch the movies" because that is what we're really making fun of. Well, I never made fun of them. J-14: Team Edward or Team Jacob? Chris: I'm Team Edward. I'm a huge fan of Rob Pattinson. He's a good guy. I can't say I'm a fan of Jacob Black because that would just be biased because I'm playing him.
J-14: Do you still keep in touch with your Gossip Girl costars? Chris: A little bit, but not too much. I'm only friends with some. I won't say the names, but they are really nice. It was very intimidating, my first TV job working on a huge show like that. They are sweethearts -- they will invite you to dinner and everything, just us guys. Girls too. Blake [Lively] is one of the nicest girl I've ever met.
Chris also took part in J-14's newest web series, Your 14-Second Diary! Check out how he spent his day before J-14 caught up with him in NYC:
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