Check out what Chaske had to say this morning.
The Breaking Dawn Part 2 PR tour is kicking off. Chaske Spencer was in Spain for the famous Stiges Film Festival to promote the movie. Jamie Campbell Bower promoted New Moon there a few years ago. The Q & A is in Spanish, but Chaske repeats everything in English so it’s easy to understand in either language.
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.
Chaske Spencer, who plays the role of Sam Uley in the “Twilight Saga” Films is to be honored for supporting his work creating a positive shift in the lives of many. Chaske Spencer, star of The Twilight Saga film series: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn pt. 1 & 2 is to be honored on June 22nd, 2012 at the 6th Annual Shortstack™ Charity Fashion Show. He is receiving the Barbara Harmon Unsung Hero Award, presented annually to an individual in honor of their contribution to the lives of others. Their selfless service often goes unrecognized, and the Unsung Hero Award is intended to bring light to the work that they do. This award was founded in the memory of Barbara Harmon, an incredible woman who never received nor wanted the credit for the countless hours of community service and for the difference she made in the lives that crossed her own. From working with babies born addicted to drugs, to supporting adolescent youth in her community, to assisting at the World Trade Center disaster, Barbara Harmon embodied the spirit of true heroism.
The 6th Annual Shortstack Charity Fashion Show will be held on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at the Midtown Loft and Terrace on 5th Avenue in New York City, which overlooks the Empire State Building. Shortstack™ is a teen driven fashion and modeling program whose goal is to allow young girls who do not fit the “normal” model standards to be a part of charitable fashion events. “I am truly excited that Chaske is joining us at this year’s show,” states Olivia Mignone, founder of Shortstack. “We are trying to shift the fashion industry to become more inclusive of all body types, sending a more empowering message of acceptance to society, which is in complete alignment with how he empowers the lives of others.” For years, girls have been rejected from the modeling industry because they are too short. Shortstack was created by teens under the guidance of the non-profit agency Windows of Opportunity, Inc. to give these “short” girls a chance at achieving their dreams as models and empower them to love themselves for who they are.
Spencer, who is of Lakota (Sioux) Nation, Nez Perce, Cherokee, and Creek heritage decent, really appreciates the honor to receive this award at this chic event and feels deeply humbled. “I am so honored to be part of such a great event for a worthy cause,” stated Spencer.
Spencer is a co-founder of the Be the Shift Campaign and spokesperson for United Global Shift (UGS), an organization of which both Spencer and Hal Eisenberg, Executive Director of Windows of Opportunity (WOO) are affiliated. “When I met Chaske at a UGS event and learned of the work he was doing I knew immediately that he was a perfect candidate for this award,” said Eisenberg. “His vision is aligned with WOO on many levels and I see Chaske, myself, and UGS working together on a global level in the near future.” UGS is an organization dedicated to fighting poverty and creating sustainable communities. United Global Shift’s mission is to cause a shift in what is possible for humanity, focusing on the environment, employment, entrepreneurship, health and education by
using media outlets to promote entertainment projects in film, television, fashion, sports, advertising, and internet. By promoting these projects the goal is to cause a shift in the way people think and live their lives.
Tickets to the 6th Annual Charity Fashion Show are on sale via Shortstack’s website” www.wooshortstack.org, with all proceeds going to fund the innovative empowerment programs at Windows of Opportunity, Inc.
Chaske Spencer is leading an initiative to encourage greater voter participation among Native peoples.
Chaske Spencer, Native American actor most known for his role in the Twilight movie saga, is a supporter of the 2012 Native Vote – http://www.NativeVote.org – a national non-partisan campaign of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), focused on registering voters, getting out the vote, and protecting the right to vote in Native American communities. With close to a million unregistered voters, NCAI is making an effort to turn out the largest Native vote in history. Visit http://www.NativeVote.org to learn how to get involved and make every vote count!
Chaske is also active in raising awareness to issues effecting Indian Country through his organization Be the Shift (http://www.unitedglobalshift.org/).
We are not a site here that takes political sides; however, the Lexicon supports the idea that voter participation is important no matter where you live and it’s freedom to be celebrated and used to effect change.
Chaske Spencer talks working in the series.
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 Pelletierwho 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.”
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Blast has a new interview with Chaske Spencer where he talks about his character Sam and how he hopes fans can better relate to his role in the films.
“What I got from talking to the kids, the fans of Twilight, is that a lot of them just hated Sam. A lot of them did not like Sam,” he recalls with a laugh. “So what I want to do is make him more human, more a character that you can relate to. In the Breaking Dawn film you get this sense that, in the script, he’s out to just kill Renesmee and he hates Bella, but that’s not the case. It’s just that it’s a job that he has to do.”
The article goes on to explain Chaske’s feelings on independent films verses big budget Hollywood, his relationship withg his fellow wolf pack members, and how The Twilight Saga has opened doors for him. Read more at Blast.
What was the last day on set like for all of you? Part 1 is now showing but you also are in post-production for the final installment.
We were all up all night and it wasn’t a big sad goodbye for me. It was just that I was tired. [Laughs] I was tired and we had been shooting—and no pun intended but we saw breaking dawn—and the sun was coming up and we had to get the shots. There wasn’t a big send off or anything.
So who are you closest to on set?
Probably Julia Jones [Leah] or Alex Meraz. Mainly the wolf guys; we worked out together. Tinsel Korey [Emily] and all of them too because we just filmed a lot of scenes together. Oh my God, I’m looking at birthday cards right now. It says, ‘Wish you a Happy Birthday, with more fun than humanly possible,’ and it has Rob [Pattinson], Kristen [Stewart] and Taylor on here.
That’s hilarious! They are all over the place.
Yeah! [Laughs] I’m in Walmart right now.
[Laughs] Taylor’s definitely broken out because of the films. Was there any talk about that while filming?
Taylor’s got a pretty focused head on his shoulders. He’s a really god guy. We chat from time to time but it’s never about that. It’s just mainly when we’re working on a scene or something. We don’t take each other too seriously. He’s just a normal kid, a normal young man in a very interesting situation.
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San Francisco, venue of the 36th American Indian Film Festival prepares for opening night festivities today for the annual event which runs through November 12th, 2011. Among an impressive line-up of independent feature length and short films is the exclusive reception and world premiere of SHOUTING SECRETS, a motion picture developed, produced and directed by first time helmer Korinna Sehringer, November 10th at the Palace of Fine Arts.
Joker Film Productions presents a story about an All-American family with unique struggles but universal truths. SHOUTING SECRETS begins its global distribution tour, with pride, honoring a film festival with deep roots and a tradition dedicated to the honor of indigenous peoples in North America.
Every layer of this production from the story development to the stunning visuals, embracing audio and music soundtrack, to the dream cast and dramatic performances of audience favorite actors, by both established and emerging talents, all combine to deliver a most memorable theatrical experience.
Korinna credits her producing partner Josef Bollag, the tireless crew and production personnel, as well as the exceptionally gifted cast for their support and commitment to the success of SHOUTING SECRETS.
That world class cast features Chaske Spencer and Gil Birmingham – both screaming successes in the Twilight franchise, Tyler Christopher of General Hospital fame and Tonantzin Carmelo two exceptional performers, as well as Q’orianka Kilcher who got her big break playing Pocahontas in the 2005 major studio release of The New World. Native veteran actors Tantoo Cardinal and Rodney A. Grant contribute their gifts and talents toward in the telling of this cycle of life story, which affects every human being at some point in their lives.
The producers and select cast members (to be announced) will be attending the film festival, reception and SHOUTING SECRETS premiere eager to engage and interact with their audience and what will become the films first adopters !! The time has come for SHOUTING SECRETS to be shared with independent film enthusiasts around the world !!