SergD and Michael Welch
Now that the show is over, it is finally my turn to sit down with the young actor.
SD: How do you like Miami so far?
MW: I love Miami dude, Iâ€™ve been here a few times and I always have a good time here and I noticed that that Miami Twihards are very passionate and very kind people. Which I guess goes with the overall passion you get from the city.
SD: There is one scene where Jacob proceeds to call your character a marshmallow. Do you see yourself in your character?
MW: So, youâ€™re asking if Iâ€™m a wuss. (He laughs)
SD: Well no, would you consider yourself a wuss?
MW: Iâ€™ll say this, there is a lot of myself in Mike Newton; particularly who I was in high school. Mike is mostly defined by his unrequited love for Bella. I had a very situation myself. I donâ€™t consider myself a marshmallow, but there is definitely marshmallow in me that I was able to tap into to play Mike Newton.
SD: Well that good though isnâ€™t it?
SD: Are you a fan of the book or did you kind of just â€śread upâ€ť on them.
MW: I became a fan of the books once I booked the job and realized I was going to be in the movies. But no, I did notâ€¦I had not heard of the books before auditioning for the film. Which I think was pretty common. I mean people were either very fanatic about it, or pretty much know didnâ€™t anything about it at all. So I was in that group of the latter category, and you know, we didnâ€™t really â€¦we knew this was definitely something worth pursuing and being a part of but you never know in a situation like that, when you have a small rabid group of fans, if itâ€™s going to extend to the larger culture. Orâ€¦
SD: If itâ€™ll extinguish itself?
SD: How did the auditioning process go? Did you know it was for Twilight and that you wanted to be Mike Newton?
MW: Well originally I auditioned for Edward Cullen, which was funny because the way Edward is described in the breakdown, which is the description of the characters; it basically said this was the most beautiful creature in the history of existence. I thoughtâ€¦ Finally, a role perfect for me. No, um Iâ€¦it wasnâ€™t quite the right fit at the time, and I went back and auditioned for Eric Yorkie, heâ€™s the character that my buddy Justin Chon ended up playing, and finally found the right fit with Mike Newton. It just felt right and I ended up auditioning 4 or 5 times and met with Kristin Stewart and Catherine Hardwicke and we did an audition session some call it mix n match where they take all the different actors up for them in different combinationsâ€¦
SD: This was after you got the role?
MW: No, itâ€™s before I got the role. At that point it was down to me and 1 other actor, a friend of mine by the name Hunter Parish, he is a great young actor, and he was on “Weeds”. So they booked different combinations and just sort of picked based on which people had the best chemistry, and which felt right.
SD: Do you have a film you would consider as exciting to you as Twilight is for the Twihards?
MW: Yeah, I get really excited about films by certain directors. Paul Thomas Anderson is one of them. Every time he makes a film I justâ€¦Well, I havenâ€™t camped out, but I would. He did â€śThere Will be Blood, Punch Drunk Love, Magnolia, Boogie Nights,â€ť a movie called â€śHeartacheâ€ť. Also a guy by the name of Darren Aronofsky who did â€śThe Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountainâ€ť and â€śPiâ€ť. So those two guys in particular excite me.
SD: Wow, actually…same here, I donâ€™t blame you at all.
MW: Yeah their movies are really unique and they all have an interesting point of view, their style is so wonderfulâ€¦.so yeah thatâ€™s it.
SD: Was there a scene in the films that took one too many times for you? Something that just frustrated you in the Twilight films?
MW: Yeah actually the cafeteria scene in Eclipse was very difficult for me for some reason. It was, because we were trying to find a way to contribute to the films, cause the thing is, as high school kids, as the high school group/the franchise we know that itâ€™s not about us, but we also think we have something very interesting and specific to contribute to it, and we were just kind of having a hard time finding that in Eclipse just a little bit but, I think we worked it out and it ended up being ok. It was definitely a challenge.
MW: It took a while; I mean we did that scene all day man. So probably just on my angles we did 10, 12, 15 takes something like that.
I say my goodbyes and wish him well, another adventure for iRATEfilms – under my belt.