Tinsel Korey ( Emily ) and co-star Chaske Spencer, who plays Sam, were in Philadelphia to promote the DVD release of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1."
Here are some interviews highlights:
Weirdest fan request: To howl. And no, they don't, often suggesting a younger cast member will, though.
The franchise's appeal: "We have fans all the way from 6 to 66 and what I think it is, is it brings you back to that first time of falling in love. Those emotions are extremely heightened, and I think that holds a really dear memory for a lot of people and I think that's why it's resonated with such a wide audience," the actress said.
His co-star, however, quipped, "I think it also has a lot to do with Taylor's abs and Rob's hair."
The final film: Neither has seen it. "I think they're still in post-production at the moment. I don't think they even have a soundtrack," Korey said.
Staying in shape: As Sam, Spencer has to appear shirtless in many scenes, alongside Taylor Lautner, no less.
"It meant a lot of hard work, it actually kind of sucked. It meant hitting the gym hard, watching what I ate, a pretty good strict diet," and mustering the discipline to do it and maintain it.
"It's very hard to do. Some people are born with it, some people use other substances to enhance, but when you have to do it naturally, it sucks." And when shooting was over, he treated himself to Johnny Rocket milk shakes — "all of them, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, Oreo."
When they knew "Twilight" was a sensation: It came for Korey in a bookstore when she turned around and saw the face of Bronson Pelletier who plays Jared, a member of the wolf pack."I looked and it was all this wolf pack merchandise, and it was so surreal because I know them and I know we're in a movie but seeing that merchandise for it, this is just a completely different level than I thought."
Spencer, on the other hand, recalls, "During 'New Moon,' they were shuttling us to the gym, and I think we were on our way back from the gym and there were these girls camped out in our hotel lobby, they wanted to meet us. And they stayed there for a week straight. The hotel staff had to kick them out."
What would surprise Taylor Lautner's fans: "He's a really big goofball, I think that would be the main thing," says Korey, while Spencer said the actor who plays Jacob Black takes his work seriously.
Killing time between takes: "We'd just sit around the sit, throw the football around and basically hang out in the warming tents," Spencer said. His co-star, on the other hand, said, "I just try to find a zen place because I'm surrounded by so much testosterone all the time, just try to sort of meditate and zone out and then there are occasional times when I like to play pranks. When I get bored I get a little bit mischievous."
Portrayals of Native Americans: It depends on the project and how culturally accurate it tries to be, sometimes with the help of advisers."It would be nice to see more contemporary work that you see in films like 'Twilight.' That's something that probably Chaske and I struggle with, making people's minds open up to casting us as lawyers or everyday people in everyday shows," Korey said.
"What 'Twilight' has done, it's exposed Native Americans in a different light to a whole new different generation," uncorrupted by mainstream media and Hollywood with stereotypes," added Spencer.
What "Twilight" has meant for their careers: "It's definitely opened a lot of doors for both of us. We also have other projects that have come out of 'Twilight' but we both were working before 'Twilight,' ." Spencer said. Korey says it allowed previous projects to share the "Twilight" limelight (which is considerable, to say the least).
Netflix or other picks of their work: Korey singles out "The Lookout" (excellent choice!) with Joseph Gordon-Levitt along with the TV miniseries "Into the West" while Spencer suggests the feature "Skins."
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