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Ever wonder why Robert Pattinson is so good at playing the part of a brooding vampire in Twilight? It might be because he’s related to one...sort of.
Apparently, genealogists have found evidence that the 24-year-old actor is related to Vlad the Impaler. The 15th century Transylvanian leader, whose real name was Vlad 3 Dracula, served as the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s character Dracula.
Pattinson’s relation to Vlad 3 Dracula dates back to his ties with the British royal family. Pattinson is also a distant cousin of Prince Harry and Prince William, who are believed to be distant nephews of Dracula.
"Tracing Pattinson's family back to Vlad was difficult research, but the pieces that unraveled created the perfect accompaniment to The Twilight Saga," said genealogist Anastasia Tyler, as reported by the New York Daily News. “Without any myth or magic, we find royalty and vampires lurking in Pattinson's life - making his story just as supernatural as the one he's playing onscreen."
Stephanie Meyer, author of The Twilight Saga, is apparently also distantly related to the British royal family. But Twilight isn’t the only movie franchise with coincidental casting. Apparently, actress Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger of Harry Potter, is the relative of a woman convicted of witchcraft in 1592.