WESTWOOD, California — These days, the “Twilight” family is expanding so rapidly that you’d think the OctoMom was running this saga. With casting already under way for “Eclipse,” fans are getting their first in-person peeks at “New Moon” newcomers like Jamie Campbell Bower and Kiowa Gordon — both of whom were introduced to Twilighters recently during Comic-Con festivities in San Diego.
Thursday night, we caught up with Gordon at the red-carpet premiere of the new Vanessa Hudgens flick “Bandslam.” In his first-ever interview with MTV, the rookie actor was eager to talk about hanging with Taylor Lautner’s wolf pack, the “surreal” experience of meeting Twilighters, and offer a preview of his call of the wild.
MTV: Give us your breakdown of the character, as we’ll see him in the movie.
Kiowa Gordon: I am Embry Call; he’s a Native American. He lives on his res, and he goes into a transformation which freaks him out completely. He turns into a wolf. So he gets some extra baggage going there — and then he saves humans from vampires, basically.
MTV: Break down the wolf pack for us.
Gordon: Alright, the head is Sam Uley — he’s played by Chaske Spencer, who is a great guy. He’s the leader of the pack, he runs us and helps us go through our phase. Next is Jared — he transforms next, and he’s the fun boy, the jokester. He’s played by Bronson Pelletier, and he’s a funny guy too — he’s awesome, we became really close. And Alex Meraz plays Paul — he’s the hotheaded, ferocious guy that always wants to be in the middle of the action, and he’s the go-to guy if Sam needs something taken care of.
MTV: And how about yourself?
Gordon: Jacob’s really weirded out that I joined this cult of shirtless Natives. [We] thought that Paul, Jared, and Sam were just these [egotistical] guys that thought so highly of themselves and called themselves the protectors of the tribe, and I’m just the shy, lanky kid. Then Jacob sees me [join them] and he’s like, “Wow, I’ve lost a friend,” but that’s really not the case; we can’t tell Jacob or other Quileutes about our transformations until they have transformed themselves. Then, next in line is Jacob of course, and he’s so natural to it; his wolf is stronger than like any other one.
MTV: You and some other “New Moon” stars were exposed to the public for the first time at Comic-Con. How was that?
Gordon: Yeah, I went to the Comic-Con for the “Twilight” screenings, and the question- and-answer [sessions], and it was crazy. They all started screaming as soon as we walked off the bus; the whole time we were answering questions they just kept screaming and screaming. It was so surreal for me. I’ve also gone to my own things — like I’ve gone to this unity conference out in New Mexico where Native American youths gather and share their tribal affiliations and all that awesome stuff. And [Twilighters were there and] they went crazy.
MTV: Taylor has said that he gets to speak the Native-American language of the tribe a bit in “New Moon.” Do you?
Gordon: No, I would just — we make noises.
MTV: Noises? Can you give us an example?
Gordon: Hopefully I won’t get in trouble for this. But yeah, [there’s a scene where] we get out of the car, and we have to do this call — this signal that we’re home. Me and Jared, we go [he unleashes a loud, yipping noise]. It’s kinda funny. But it’s awesome.
MTV: Wow. And that basically means “Hi, Honey, I’m home”?
Gordon: [Laughs.] Yeah!
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