Bright, 16, hasn't even started filming his scenes as Alec, yet he has been affected by Twilight mania since the day he was cast.
"It's going to be kind of weird," admits the Nanaimo actor who confesses he had to be dragged to see Twilight, the first in a series of movies based on Stephenie Meyer's popular romantic teenage vampire novels.
"All the guys were saying, 'It's a chick movie,' but it was really good," Bright recalls. "I'm glad to be a part of it."
No sooner had news reports surfaced about Bright joining the New Moon cast headlined by Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Michael Sheen than he began getting text messages from his friends.
"Even if you're in it for five minutes, you're huge," says the Victoria-born actor who made his debut in a Telus commercial. "You're revered."
Not surprisingly, he has also been getting more attention from female friends.
"I say 'no' right away, because when they walk up to me I can sense what they're going to say," he says, laughing. " 'Can you get me Robert Pattinson's autograph?' "
Bright, who hadn't read the books, says it was easy finding a Twilight fan to help him research his role.
"I said, 'I'm going to play Alec. Do you know him? Yeah? Sweeeet! Thanks, ya did the job for me.' "
While he hasn't worked with Fanning, he met her at the Critic's Choice Awards in Los Angeles two years ago.
"She didn't know who I was, so when I introduce myself and go, 'Hey, do you remember me?' she'll probably say no," he says, adding he should get to know her quickly on the Vancouver set. "In our first scene I get to kiss her on the cheek."
Since his scenes are interiors, he won't be joining her when exterior Volturi sequences are shot in Tuscany, however.
Now standing tall at 5-foot-10, with longer hair and the demeanour, vocal inflections and lingo of a typical texting teenager, Bright seems worlds away from his younger self -- the cherubic youngster known for playing spooky children.
He savours the memories of getting to work with Hollywood royalty in his first two major movies. He played Adam, the sinister clone of a distraught couple's dead son, opposite Robert De Niro in Godsend; and Sean, a solemn 10-year-old boy claiming to be the reincarnation of the late husband of a fragile New York widow played by Nicole Kidman in Birth.
The teen says he has grown used to his fame, as bizarre as it can be. He laughingly shrugs off the antics of some overzealous fans, such as one who impersonates him on MySpace.
"I think it's a riot," says Bright, who has even playfully posed as a fan himself and interacted with the impostor. "I go 'Hey, how's it going? Must be cool being in all those movies.' "
But he isn't complaining, realizing it's all part of the acting career he signed up for. "My fans make me, and if I didn't respect them I wouldn't be here," says
article: Vancouver Sun
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