For those of you who don’t know Chaske Spencer struggled with sobriety before getting his role in New Moon. He talks his journey and what Twilight has done for Native American actors. The Twilight specific portion starts at around the 4:30 mark.
Best quote on Twilight, “What I did like about Twilight,was that it put a whole different generation of Native Americans…it put Native Americans in the mindset of a younger generation who had no idea…I grew up and it was Dances With Wolves and Thunderheart and those are really cool movies. They influenced me a lot but, with this it’s different. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this. We’re not Natives in the stereotype form, we’re just people. And I know we wear cut off shorts and tear our shirts off, but it’s given me and the others guys a lot of opportunities in Hollywood which is not the most open minded place to break out of stereotypes.” He then goes on to talk about the kinds of scripts they’ve been offered and what they take.