Mike Welch was at the Prep Couture event that raised money for children in Africa at a fashion event. Mike Welch is at about the .53 mark.
Mike Welch spoke to MTV about how excited he is for fellow Forks human Anna Kendrick.
“Human pride! There are a lot of people in this that are capable of the kind of work that could lead to an Oscar nomination. It doesn’t happen to many actors. Anna deserves it. She has an uncanny ability to get under the skin of her characters…”
Check out the rest of the story on MTV’s Hollywood Crush.
MTV has a fantastic compilation (thanks guys you just saved us making one) of the upcoming roles to watch of the Twilight actors. On the list are The Runaways, Skateland, and Welcome to the Rileys that are all being featured starting next week at Sundance. Doing well at that festival is key for Ashley Greene’s Skateland and Welcome to the Rileys getting wide releases. Not mentioned on the list is Michael Welch’s Unrequited and Nikki Reed’s Last Day of Summer. Unrequited is still in the editing stages while Last Day of Summer is Also at Sundance and looking for that buzz that is so critical.
When word hit the street that Toby McGuire wouldn’t be reprising his role as our building swinging hero, speculation started as to who his replacement would be. Rumor also has it that the next movie is the hugely popular franchise will focus on Peter Parker’s teen years. The UK’s Mirror mentioned Robert Pattinson, although that seems a longshot to us. Rob’s great but isn’t quite the average-looking, boy next-door,pseudo- geek the role call s for. MTV’s Hollywood Crush is suggesting that Michael Welch is closer to the character.
What do you think? Is there hope for Twilight to meet Spiderman?
Jackson Rathbone, Xavier Samuel, Nikki Reed, and Mike Welch each have projects that are coming up that are a bit edgier than the Twilight Saga. So, if the horror/thriller genre is something you go for, check out these recently released trailers of their upcoming work. Trailers are approved for all audiences by the MPAA, but keep in mind they are of the horror/thriller genre.
First up is Xavier Samuel’s horror/thriller Road Train
Next is Jackson Rathbone’s Dread. Shock Till You Drop has an exclusive screening and meet up event for this.
Mike Welch is no longer the sweet boy next door who takes rejection well in Unrequited.
Nikki Reed, Last Day of Summer
We have been getting several comments about Mike Welch and Dakota Fanning appearing in an episode of Malcolm in the Middle together way back in 2001. The episode is called New Neighbors. Mike and Dakota play brother and sister. So for your viewing pleasure here is the episode.
There seems to have been a problem with the site the video has come from causing various virus checkers to go off. For that reason, we have removed it.
If you’ve ever been to a Creation Entertainment Official Twilight Tour, you may have noticed that Mike Welch can not only act, but if there is a drum set around he’s a pretty decent drummer and a heck of a parody singer. Mike talks about his passion for music.
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.
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.