Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Attack of the Wolves~ Alex Meraz and Kiowa Gordon in Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair does two fantastic interviews with Alex Meraz and Kiowa Gordon...

It’s (unofficially) Wolf Day! Just as Summit Entertainment releases new footage from Twilight: New Moon, featuring the pumped up and fluffed out Wolf Pack, brings you two exclusive interviews from some of the newest Twilight saga cast members.

First up is Alex Meraz, who, judging from the snarling werewolf he plays, is not one to take kindly to pestering questions. Luckily for us, he was up for discussing life on set, bonding with his pack-mates at the gym, and exactly what he thinks about each of his fellow wolves. Little Gold Men caught up with Alex on the road—literally—as he was driving through his home state of Arizona.

Little Gold Men: How did you end up getting cast in New Moon?
Alex Meraz: It was pretty conventional. I got a breakdown for an open casting call—they were looking for Native actors—and I submitted my stuff and luckily I got a role. One of the casting directors was kind of the Native American liaison. I had been cast in another one of her films. I sent her my original casting tape. She liked it, but she thought we could do better. So she brought me in to L.A., I gave it a whirl, and I eventually got the role.

Had you seen the first Twilight movie?
No, I hadn't, but after I got the role, I bought a bootlegged version and watched it while I was on set. (I love the way he admits to this!! LOL)

What was your favorite scene to shoot?
The cliff diving scene was the most fun because the whole Wolf Pack was there and we were jumping off these 50-foot scaffolding things onto an air mattress. It was pretty exciting to be able to do our own stunts.

You didn't have stunt doubles at all?
No! They were pushing for it, we were pushing against; we wanted to do our own stuff. We had to train for a good two days, eight hours each day just practicing jumping, making sure we were landing safely. On the day [of shooting], we were actually jumping from a green screen cliff but it was actually taller and a little bit more dangerous because there was foliage and grass on top of it—it was a little slippery. We were fine, and it was really fun.

For the rest of the interview with Alex click here

Next up is Kiowa Gordon who plays Embry in the Twilight Saga's New Moon and Eclipse: brings you an exclusive Q&A with one of the youngest members of the Wolf Pack: Kiowa Gordon. Unlike his cast mates, Kiowa had never acted before this movie. We recently called him at his home of Scotsdale, Arizona—we apologize for waking him up—where he talked about how Twilight author Stephenie Meyer handpicked him for the role, and promised his female fans that it’s O.K. to come closer: he doesn’t bite. (Don’t believe it.)

Little Gold Men: Can you tell us a little bit about your Native American descent?
Our tribe is called the Hualapai, and we are in Northern Arizona. We sit on top of the Grand Canyon and used to live there [on the reservation] about ten years ago. We take frequent trips back.

New Moon is your first film. What was the casting process like?
They had an open casting call here in Phoenix, and I auditioned. I was going tochurch with my mom out in Cave Creek, and Stephenie Meyer goes to church with her. She kind of helped me out on that one.

Did Stephenie suggest you?
Yes, she told production, I think, and got me some sides to do the audition.

So you never acted before this?

Did you want to be an actor?

Did you know anyone in the cast before you started?
No, I just met Alex [Meraz] at the auditions.

How did the wolves come together as a pack?
They got us a personal trainer, and we just went to the workouts and got to know each other. We saw each other’s strengths and pushed each other’s buttons; we really bonded during that time. We’d go out to eat a lot and watch movies …

For the rest of the interview with Kiowa Gordon click here


  1. Don't get me wrong, I'm Team Vampire all the way, but these guys sometimes make it hard to not like the wolves!

  2. I agree Ericka!
    They are so awesome!!
    Alex is effing HAWT!!

  3. I Love the Wolves but the vampires are the best...<33