Peter Facinelli stars as Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" — which ends its season Monday — as well as Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the "Twilight" movies.
This year was a rough one for Coop: He had to endure the pain of a bunion and the breakup of his lesbian parents. Have you created your own back story for him?
Definitely. I think that all of his current problems stem from the emotional baggage of his childhood. And I don't think his issues stem from his parents being lesbians — I think it's how they were as moms. He was coddled, and his upbringing has had an effect on him. He was unpopular, and he didn't understand why. I imagine it as if he was a puppy in a room full of people who don't like dogs. I think as a kid he was jumping all over people and was always getting kicked away. Now he's a 12-year-old boy trapped in a 30-year-old body. That's why I have so much sympathy for him. He doesn't do anything out of malice. It's just that he is completely self-absorbed and unaware.
As someone who's appeared in films, is it fun to play a TV character who doesn't have a beginning and an end?