Twilight: The Humans Point of View, Utah Signing

utahsigningThe Utah blog In This Week had the chance to interview Justin Chon, Mike Welch, and Christian Serratos before the Salt Lake City DVD release and signing.

“The priority for me was to first and foremost please the fanbase. How do you do that? You capture what Stephenie created to the best of your ability. So having Stephenie on set was an enormous help. Her approval meant more to me than anything. If she likes what you are doing with the character she created, you are on the right track. I respect film critics in what they do, but with what that said, and particularly in this case, I think that this franchise is accomplishing what it set out to do, which is to please the fans, ” Welch says.

See more on In Utah This Week. Via TwiMoms

Local ABC Station Covers Twilight Naval Exchange Visit

Thanks to the video we now know what Christian Serratos’ favorite book in the series is.

Twilight stars Visit Naval Exchange

According to the local Fox affiliate:

“Yeah, it’s a lot of pressure,” said actress Christian Serratos, who played ‘Angela’ in the movie. “I mean nobody really wants to disappoint these fans.”

Organizers say the event was a way to thank the military families for all they go through.

“It’s really geared towards the military families, the active duty and their dependents, “Robin Joseph, General Manager of the Navy Exchange Oceana Complex told WAVY News 10. “And it’s just a great opportunity for the stars to give back to the military community.”

That goal wasn’t lost on Serratos.

“One, you’re getting to see some really cool stuff and on the other hand you’re grateful to these people who are risking their lives,” she said. “It’s awesome.”

After their appearance at the Exchange, the cast members toured the base, visited a squadron and saw a F/A-18 Super Hornet.”

TY to ~Nintieka~

New Moon Cast to Appear at Navy Exchange

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Last year Peter Facinelli won over the heart of  thousands when he stopped by the Naval Exchange and signed DVD’s for everyone. In fact he missed his flight because he refused to leave until every person got a signed DVD. This year the cast visiting the exchange has expanded. Local military families with appropriate Naval ID entered a lottery and 300 were chosen to meet the cast members.   According to Hampton Roads:

“The Oceana Navy Exchange expects a cast member from “Twilight: New Moon” to make an in-store appearance from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, base officials announced… 300 customers will have chances to have their pictures taken with the mystery celebrity. ”

The  stars appearing are Nikki Reed, Alex Meraz, Daniel Cudmore, Christian Serratos, and Tyson Housmen.

Salt Lake City: New Moon DVD Release Party Video

Here are a full set of  videos (the first one is below, several more at the link for the complete set) of the New Moon DVD release party featuring Mike welch, Christian Serratos, and Justin Chon.

TY to Katie!

Fansite Interview: Team Human!

About 10 different Twilight fansites had a phone interview with Anna and Mike. The questions are from the following websites: Twilight Examiner, Twilight Series Theories, Twilight Facebook, Twilight Moms, His Golden Eyes, Twilighters, Twilighters Anonymous, Twilight Superfan, Twilight Source/Imprint, Bella and Edward, Twilight Lexicon.

Q:  In New Moon you have a kind of love triangle going on.  I’m curious to see how that ended up playing out for you.
M: There are a couple of different love triangles there.  There’s obviously the one between Bella and Jacob and Edward that Mike is trying to squeeze into.  More of a love rectangle.  And I guess there’s the one between Mike and Jessica and Bella.  You know, Jessica likes Mike.  Mike likes Bella.  Everybody likes Bella. And it sort of doesn’t turn out great for Mike or Jessica.  A lot of this is very indicative of high school heart ache in general, but it’s sort of heightened with these supernatural characters.
Q:  Both of you have a background in theatre.  I wanted to know how that has helped you with your roles for Twilight and New Moon?
A: Well on a logistical note, there was a scene when Jessica and Bella go to the movies, when we were shooting that outside there were like hundreds of girls standing and watching as we shot it.  It was just a nice tool to have experience in front of a live audience.  It seems like a silly comparison, but honestly it helped to kind of block out the fact that all these fans were watching us and to try to just focus on the scene and ignore the fact that they’re all kind of videotaping us from the side lines.


Q: What was your favorite scene to shoot?

Mike: My favorite scene by far was the kind of three way date that happened between Mike and Bella and Jacob.  That horribly awkward moment when Mike asks Bella out to the movies and she tries to turn it into a group thing and then it ends up being the worst case scenario which is that that three way thing.  You know, I’m sure it was certainly not a lot of fun for Mike to go through.  I mean, I can relate, as I’m sure a lot of us can, but it was a lot of fun to do.
Anna: And I would have to say that there is a scene where Jessica and Bella go to the movies.  That was fun because Jessica really likes to talk about herself and Bella is really depressed.  She’s not saying much.  We were just kind of trying to do it all in one take, and Chris told me to just keep talking until we came to a natural stop.  So I stopped and just kind of monologued as flighty, silly Jessica which was a blast.
Q: Does having different directors and different visions for different movies cause any confusion for how you should play your character?
Mike: I think that the directors that we’ve had are very different in terms of style and process, but there seems to be a singular vision in terms of our characters.  Everyone seems to be pretty unanimous about it, and that basically is that we are there to add levity to the franchise and to just represent normalcy in Bella’s life.  Represent  just kind of a real high school experience to give the story some grounding so that people are able to believe the more supernatural fantasy elements.


Q: You talked about the monologueing.  Can you give us some examples of ad-libbing that you were able to do?

Anna: Well, I don’t want to give anything away.  Honestly, we were doing these takes where I just had to keep talking to fill space.  So I am wondering what exactly it was that I ended up saying just as much as anybody.  So I’m looking forward to seeing it and finding out because I have almost no idea what I ended up saying.
Q: You guys are both so great about adding that comedic element into the movies.  You both seem to be able to say a thousand words with your facial expressions.  So I was just curious who were your comedic inspirations as actors?


Mike: Well, for me the whole reason I became an actor was because of Jim Carrey.  I probably watched Ave Ventura Pet Detective a thousand times as a kid.  Man, other than that, a lot of comedic inspiration and actors… guys like… I’m just going to stick with Jim Carrey for now because he sort of jump started the whole thing for me.

Anna: I would have to say Parker Posey has been a favorite of mine for a long time and all the players involved in Christopher Guest films.  But then at the same time more traditional ladies of comedy, you know, the Tina Fey and Kristen Wiigs of the world are very inspirational, I think, as far as women in comedy go.

Q: New Moon is definitely a darker film, but can we expect the same humor that we got form your characters in Twilight?
Anna: I hope so.  I hope that we add some humor, that certainly was the goal.  The films do get darker but the scripts seem to include a little bit for the humans to do, as Mike said, to kind of add a realism and a grounding point for a franchise that is set in a fantasy world.
Mike: Yeah.  What’s a lot of fun for me is that the high school kids really are very isolated from the rest of the story, so even if the overall tone does get more intense as we go along, our role really doesn’t change in that respect.

Q:  This question is for Anna. Melissa Rosenburg, the screen writer, said that she wrote your role kind of as a combination of Jessica Stanley and Lauren Mallory.  I was wondering if you keep that in mind or do you just kind of stick with Jessica’s mind set.
Anna: I have heard that and I know that she wrote some elements in to incorporate both characters.   I know that they are both kind of the alpha female mean girls of the novels.  One thing about my playing this role was that I felt like the only real way for me to play a girl who, in spite all accounts, should really be tall, thin, and blonde, was just kind of make it really desperate and needy and just a girl who is constantly trying to be liked, and comes of a little pathetic doing it.  So I know that elements of both of those characters are incorporated into the script.  I think the humans have a little more leeway in terms of how we play our characters.  It really only made sense to play it a little awkward and a little desperate.  But really, underneath it all, that’s really what those girls are.  It made sense for me.  That may be what it is on paper, but there’s  only so much I can do to make it kind of mean girl-y.
Q:  What’s the most rewarding things that you’ve been able to do with the fame that you’ve achieved from Twilight.  If it’s charitable or something with a fan.  What’s the most memorable experience due to your fame from Twilight.


Mike:
One of the things that I – well really it was a mutual decision that my family and I made really early on is to be committed to some kind of charity work as a way of just keeping me grounded and keeping a good perspective while working in the entertainment industry.  So I have been working with an organization called “Kids With a Cause” for a number of years and we’ve done a lot of really great work.  It’s sort of in transition right now.  With this franchise – with Twilight specifically I was able to raise a decent amount of money for “Kids With a Cause” that went to help feed a lot of kids.  We go down to orphanages in Mexico quite often and bring a lot of supplies and things that they may need.  You know, generally it’s not really charity if you talk about it, but it’s been an incredibly rewarding experience.  And that aspect of it – I wouldn’t trade for anything.
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Let’s Hear It For the Humans!

The Calgary Herald has an interview with perhaps the most underlooked people in the Twilight Saga franchise: Team Human.

“Sure, New Moon’s vampires and werewolves may get all the attention, but it’s Bella’s gang of high school friends who keep the movie centered in reality. Anna Kendrick, Michael Welch, Justin Chon and Christian Serratos (who play Jessica, Mike, Eric and Angela, respectively) talk about providing the franchise’s comic relief and keeping it real as mortals amongst all the supernatural shenanigans.”

Check out what Justin Chon, Anna Kendrick, Mike Welch and Christian Serratos had to say.

Christian Serratos: Save The Seals

Christian Serratos is a vegetarian and an animal rights supporter. She’s lending her voice to the Save the Seals Campaign.

When asked why she is getting involved, Christian said, “The baby seals are defenseless and must watch as fellow pups are shot or bludgeoned to death and then skinned—often while they are still fully conscious.  They’re being beaten with ice picks and their skins are being peeled off their backs in front of their mothers, which is just unreasonable and ridiculous and evil.”


Celebrities Speak Out Against the Seal Slaughter. Learn More at peta2.com.

The RingCon Report: Edi Gathegi and Christian Serratos

RingCon is an annual convention in Germany that is a fantasy convention.  It has stars appear from movies like The Lord of the Rings, Twilight, and other fantasy based films/projects.

This year Edi Gathegi and Christian Serratos were in attendance. The German site, Forks Bloodbank, has written up a report.

“Edi stated: It happens very rarely for an actor to be part of such a successful movie and it’s definitely a blessing that all these doors are opening up ’cause you’re part of this franchise. It’s great and I want to relate to Kyle’s words, I’m in Germany, get to meet friends and Twilight fans. Twilight fans are amongst the best fans ever. They develop a passion for the story and support us. Everyone tells you that they are addicted to the books and love them and that they read through them in two days.” Christian’s private live hasn’t really changed since Twilight. “I still have the same friends but it’s obvious how great it is to be here and meet all the great fans!” It’s the first visit to Germany for the three of them and they all talk about how much they like it here.”

See the rest on Forks Bloodbank.

Christian Serratos: Get Her Look

Christian went shopping at YMI Jeans, and they have a breakdown of how you can get Christian’s signature look.