‘Twilight’ actor says he’ll visit Israel again


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The actor who portrays vampire Emmett Cullen in the "Twilight "movie series said in Jerusalem that he would make a return visit to Israel.

Kellan Lutz, named one of People magazine’s "Sexiest Men Alive," visited Israel in the past week as part of the America’s Voices in Israel program.

“This is my second trip to Israel,” Lutz told reporters at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. “Before I was very ignorant of what Israel had to offer. I think that people are not really informed of the way the country is developed, of the way the people are here."

He added, "The only downside of coming to Israel is that as soon as you get here, you realize how much more there is to see in such a short time, so I’ll definitely be back.”

Lutz was accompanied by television and film actor Miguel Ferrer, who starred  on "Crossing Jordan," and Latino singers Carolina La O and Didier Hernendez.

“It’s clear that Israel is a nation of good and warm people," Ferrer said. "It’s remarkable how different the reality of this country is from what one hears about it.

"The perception of Israel is that it is very unsafe and very unstable. I really never thought I would come here. I can definitely commit myself to being an ambassador of truth for the State of Israel and offer positive messages on behalf of the people of Israel and Jerusalem.”

America’s Voices in Israel brings media and entertainment personalities for personal experiences in Israel. Other participants have included cast members of "House," "Grey’s Anatomy" and "Raising Hope."

Irwin Katsof, director of the program, said he plans to bring a new group every month in the coming months.

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