The Vancouver Sun
sat down with Cameron Bright to talk about fame, dating and life on Vancouver Island. Here is the article:
Cameron Bright said his friends and family on Vancouver Island "don't care" about his celebrity status even after he landed a role in the teen blockbuster Twilight.
The 16-year-old Nanaimo actor will play the vampire brother of Dakota Fanning's character in the next three sequels of the popular movie.
Although Bright has acted alongside Hollywood stars such as Robert DeNiro and Nicole Kidman, this role could catapult him to a whole new level of fame. So-called Twi-hards, dedicated fans of the series by author Stephenie Meyer, are already keeping blogs updated with chatter about Bright and other stars in the movie.
But Bright said living on Vancouver Island has helped keep him grounded.
"If I didn't live here, I think I would probably be that stereotypical actor. In Hollywood, everyone wants to be an actor and just flaunt it," he said. "Here, they just don't care."
Bright, who lives with his brother Bryce, 19, and his mother, Anne, said being famous has its challenges.
"If I start a relationship with a girl and I tell one person in the morning, after lunch I get 30 e-mails: 'Are you going out with so-and-so?'"
But Bright said he is ready for fame.
"When I signed up to be an actor, I knew if I want a career and to be famous, I'll have to deal with fans - not only deal with them but they're my lifeline. They're the ones who are going to (see) my movies."
Bryce, who is studying to become an accountant, said his brother still "cares about family," but said the film industry has had an effect.
"He's had to grow up a lot faster," he said. "He's had to take on some responsibilities other kids his age don't have to, like dealing with media. And he's making money, so he has to know how to deal with it and not be wasteful."
Bright landed his first major role at eight years old, shortly after his mother lost her job at Telus.
He said he kissed her on the cheek and told her everything would work out. Two weeks later, they got the news he had been chosen for a role in Godsend, alongside DeNiro.