PARSIPPANY — Megan Cerami and Heather Delaney have soft spots in their hearts for singing sensation Justin Bieber but they REALLY adore teenage actor Booboo Stewart, who they both got to hug Saturday.
The 15-year-old girls from Nutley were among several hundred fans in attendance at the Official Twilight Convention at the Parsippany Hilton, with some traveling to New Jersey from as far as the United Kingdom, San Francisco and Oklahoma.
The three-day affair, which runs through Sunday afternoon, highlights “The Twilight Saga,” the best-selling series of vampire and werewolf-based novels that have been adapted for the movie screen.
In the hotel’s grand ballroom on Saturday, fans got to question Stewart (werewolf Seth Clearwater), Julia Jones (werewolf Leah Clearwater) and Guri Weinberg (Romanian coven vampire Stefan) about their likes and dislikes and pleasures of being cast members.
“I haven’t had any weird experiences with fans or scary ones,” Jones said in reply to a query. She said she loves classic authors like Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner while Stewart, 17, said he mostly reads comic books and isn’t crazy about watching his own movies.
Fans hung onto Stewart’s words and hovered around a vendor’s booth where his mother and father sold T-shirts and photographs of their son while he signed autographs and dispensed hugs. The actor’s mother, Renee, said her son is a sweet person who hasn’t turned snobbish over his success.
“He does his chores, takes out the trash, pulls weeds. He’s a real nice kid,” she said.
“His personality is so great,” fan Megan Cerami said of Booboo. “I think him being a little shy is really nice.”
Terry Berthold of Yonkers, N.Y., said he isn’t a Twilight fan but he decided to indulge his wife’s passion.
Berthold said he finds Bella, a Twilight main character who is human and torn between her desire for both a vampire and a werewolf, too whiny. If he had to choose, he said, he would be a werewolf.
“I like the wolf pack. I think it’s a little more manly to be a wolf than a vampire,” Berthold said.
Convention vendors were selling posters, lunch boxes, T-shirts, life-size cutouts, body glow, “Twilight venom,” and jewelry to promote the series.
Savanna Wooten, a 21-year-old who traveled from San Francisco for the convention, was most excited about seeing her favorite star, Charlie Bewley, who portrays the vampire Demetri of The Volturi.
“This is, embarrassingly, my ninth Twilight convention. I went to one on a whim, and now I run a fan site for Charlie Bewley,” Wooten said.
The convention runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information go to www.twilightconvention.com/cal/twilight