Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Alex Meraz was quizzed about the role of Native American Indians in Stephenie Meyer‘s books that then became a part of the Twilight Saga film franchise for Summit Entertainment.
As both Alex Meraz and Stephenie Meyer live in Arizona when not in Hollywood, Alex keeps it real and makes his answers a local bookstore, Arizona thing. Trademark humility from Meraz, Injun style. Love him. HIs future shines bright in Hollywood. Here’s an excerpt from his interview:
Were you a fan of the books before you got the role?
No. I didn’t really know what it was. I’d go to Borders in Arizona and see it everywhere, because the writer [Stephenie Meyer] is from there. I remember seeing these pasty hands and a red apple. And I didn’t even know what it was until after it came out and it was [successful]. And then thought, I’d like to try out for the next role.
What about the movie made you want to be a part of the franchise?
The fact that it’s the first time you see Natives portrayed in a contemporary setting. It’s not a period piece. I had been doing other independent films and things like that where I’m in a breechcloth running around on horseback hooting and hollering. There was something just really cool to know that it’s a global sensation, and now Natives are going to have the spotlight.
You are Native American, so this is probably refreshing.
It definitely was. I personally was shocked when I heard that the books had a huge Native component in them. It was the whole part of the wolf pack, and I didn’t know how big the wolf pack was until I read about it. I was just shocked that people were interested, you know what I mean? So I thought, “Wow, that’s amazing. I totally want to be part of something like that.”
Every Twilight fan is glad Alex did become a part of ‘something like that.’ :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.24.09~
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