Which gorgeous BC hotel did Taylor Lautner and Twilight team evacuate?
After the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the cast of Twilight evacuated a coastal area of BC. This was widely reported in the celebrity press, but no one said where they evacuated from exactly. The Calgary-Herald mentioned "Tofino area." Canadian Press also mentioned Tofino, but didn't get more specific. People Magazine reported that they were advised to evacuate the beach and referred only to "the Vancouver Island beach area" where they were filming.. Another report I read said, "Vancouver Island." Where did the Twilight crew hang out on the coast, I wondered. After hours, that is.
Twilight didn't matter on the scale of things that were happening in the world, so I didn't think about it again until this morning when it came up in conversation. I was talking with a staff person in the spa at the Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet. I'd come to Black Rock to enjoy the wonderful Pacific Rim Whale Festival, a week of events inspired by the diversity of marine life on the Canadian Pacific coast. Black Rock is one of the sponsors of the Whale Festival. Chatting about the resort's two years in business, the staff person mentioned that the Twilight crew had recently taken over the entire hotel while shooting Breaking Dawn.
"They bought it out and nobody else could get in." She paused. "There was one exception."
A staff person's daughter was turning thirteen that night. Her father had booked a reservation way in advance for her daughter's special evening at the hotel's Fetch restaurant. The Fetch was closed to everyone except for the Twilight crew, but the father and daughter had booked so far in advance, they still got a table. When they entered the restaurant, there was Taylor Lautner himself. They tried to say hello. But Lautner had body guards around him. They stepped in the way. That didn't stop Lautner. He heard it was a thirteenth birthday celebration and said he'd come and say hello when he finished eating.
He kept his promise. When he finished his dinner, he posed with the daughter for a photograph, which she's posted on her Facebook page.
The parking lot was full of vehicles related to the film shoot, from cars to trailers for make-up, catering and props.When the tsunami warning hit, the parking lot emptied out in a matter of hours.
"I don't know where they went. It was like they just all vanished," the staff person said.