The Host's Max Irons and Jake Abel: Meet the Hunks!

Entertainment Mar. 20, 2013 AT 2:20PM

Two hunky leading men fighting over a strong female lead in a fantastical epic story dreamed up by none other than the bestselling Stephenie Meyer. Yep, The Host has all the makings of becoming the next Twilight-sized hit.

In this exclusive video, the two men in the The Host's love triangle are introduced: Max Irons and Jake Abel. The actors play human rebels Jared and Ian, both of whom fall for Wanda (Saoirse Ronan), a human who resists the alien force that is trying to take over her body (in the sci-fi movie, body snatchers from outer space have invaded Earth).

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While much has been written about the parallels between The Host's three's-a-crowd love story and that of Twilight's, what was apparent at the movie's premiere on March 19 in Hollywood was the two male stars' real-life bromance.

Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, Max Irons and Saoirse Ronan at Open Road Films Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Host' held at the ArcLight Hollywood, on Tuesday, March, 19, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, Max Irons and Saoirse Ronan at Open Road Films Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Host' held at the ArcLight Hollywood, on Tuesday, March, 19, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Credit: Eric Charbonneau

Irons told Us at the event that he was often on the receiving end of Abel's on-set pranks. "I was a victim to Jake's practical jokes. He's unstoppable. He's out of control," the 27-year-old shared. "I have a phobia of insects, so he announced to his, I don't know, 20,000 Twitter followers that I have a real phobia of insects. We had a book signing the other day, and there were various people that would turn up and throw insects at me. Real ones, plastic ones, and gummy insects!"

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"Max has become a pretty close friend of mine," Abel, 25, told reporters at a press conference in L.A. on March 16. "Apparently he was really nervous to meet me, he said — and I could tell. The first couple of times we hung out, I was like 'What’s wrong with this guy? Just hang out with me!' I was trying to call him to hang out, but, yeah, we have a very similar sense of humor and we end up getting on."

For much, much more about The Host and its stars (including never-seen photos and gorgeous tear-out posters) check out the collector's edition of Us Weekly Special: The Host, available at Barnes & Noble online and at bookstores.
 

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