Tinsel Korey Interview

Tinsel Korey, who plays Emily in New Moon, was kind enough to give the Lexicon an interview.

Tinsel is what is know in the performing arts world as a triple-threat performer: she sings, dances, and acts. Actually, maybe we should call her a quadruple-threat performer because she’s also a musician.  You can hear her performing two very different songs stylistically on her Music MySpace. One is called Into the West and and is very upbeat. The other is called Games of the Heart and it has an almost Norah Jones quality about it.

Tinsel shared with us her experience on the New Moon set and her vision of Emily Young.

Have you read the Twilight Saga books? If yes, which book is your favorite and why?

I have read New Moon, and I’m reading Eclipse right now. I also own Breaking Dawn. I’ll have to get back to you on which one is my favorite.

What was the audition process like for you?

I auditioned in L.A. with the director Chris Weitz and casting directors Rene Haynes and Joseph Middleton. Filming was great, Chris is a very warm and talented director. I can’t wait to see his vision of New Moon come to life.

Did you, along with the other cast members who were also in the Quileuete roles, spend any time building back-stories or relationships?
I built my back-story before I met the boys, I already had an idea of who Emily was. Meeting and hanging out with the boys only helped build upon what my prior thoughts already were. I think when we all hung out the back-story just was there in who we were. Most of us are pretty similar to our characters.

How long is the process of getting into makeup and costume for Emily and can you describe it?

It takes hours to perfect the make-up and you’ll have to wait for the movie to see the magic that the makeup/SPX department created 🙂

Your MySpace has pictures and videos of you performing traditional music and dance. What art form do you prefer: acting, music, or dance?
I don’t really prefer one over the other, they’re all just different aspects of my artistry: I love them equally.

You seem to gravitate toward roles where you play strong women with interesting pasts. What types of things excite you when considering a role?

I never really realized that I did gravitated towards that till you mentioned it, then I thought about it, and I guess I do. Lol. Material that I get excited about, are the ones that give me an opportunity to break stereotypes.

Can you describe what working with Chris Weitz is like?

He’s an actor’s director, he gets us probably because he is an actor. He’s a very attentive and warm man; I hope I get the pleasure to work with him again in the future.

There are some major, powerhouse actors in the New Moon cast. Did you ever find yourself getting a little star-struck or tongue tied around any of them?

Nope. They’re just normal people.

How would you describe your vision of Emily Young?

Oh god, I don’t think I’m allowed to right a novel for this interview. Lol. So let me summarize in one sentence. She’s a survivor, the heart and soul of the team, when they’re down she brings them up. She’s the one you want to have in your corner.

Do you have anything more that you’d like to share with Twilight fans?

I’d like to thank them for all the support I’ve received and I’m glad I get to be on this journey with them. HUGZ.


  1. She seems really sweet.
    Great interview!

  2. What a Sweetheart! She’s a real Emily!

  3. HAnnah Friedman says

    i cant wait for new moon

  4. mary martin says

    She seems really sweet. She looks like what I thought emily would look like. I think Chris Weitz casted the right person for the roll.

  5. I hope new moon will be good. I’ve been waiting all year for it to come out.
    I hope the amazing acting from last year has improved.
    I hope all you actors, actresses and film makers and workers the best on this film. i have read all the twilight books and new moon and breaking dawn are my favourite’s, i wish the best for you all in the future when you are acting these films.
    good luck
    Joshua Buttery
    west Midlands/Walsall

    • i have read twilight,new moon, and breakdawn more than twice,,
      alwayz make me surprising

    • omg new moon and breaking dawn are my favorites from the saga too!
      i’ve read the four books more than three times but new moon i have read it at least 5 is my favorite and that’s also probably why i cant wait for this movies to come out the wait is killing me !!!!

  6. I’m gonna hate seeing that pretty face all scarred up.

  7. Awee, shes such a sweetheart. They picked the right Emily! New Moon’s probably going to be as Amazing as it looks! Cant wait =) <3

  8. ScarletRubie says

    I have HIGH hopes for this movie Chris Weitz may be the best thing that ever happened to this movie, it seems to be true judging the small amount of footage released and the LOOK of everything, the casting is so close. Tinsel is so pretty and seems honest, i cannot wait to see the finished product.

  9. such a sweet girl..had a feeling she will carry out the role Emily well…can’t wait till 20 Nov!!!>.<

  10. Cristina says

    Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait!!!

  11. Great interview! I can’t wait to see the movie.

  12. She seems really nice. I can’t wait to see the scarring that the make-up crew will do on her face and body.

  13. wow…
    i juz wanna like her…

  14. can’t wait again to watch the movie..
    cullen family so amazing…….^^

  15. i cant remember emily :S who is she.
    i was read all series but i dont know emily 🙂
    Big Question : who is she :O

    • Rockin'It says

      She’s Sam’s fiance. We meet her in New Moon. The pack and Bella go over to her house and eat 😉

  16. HUGZ to you too. She is the best Emily.

  17. Anonymous says

    she gives good interview and great at sucking up. She’s a liar though. People should really do their research before hiring people. A role that was to go to a NATIVE

    • Twilight_News says

      Hate to tell you this, but she is a Canadian Native American, which as we have learned is termed a member of the First Nation. You might actually want to give that research thing a try yourself.

    • Lol…what do you think she is? In the US the politically correct term I believe is Native American…in Canada it’s First Nations, or Native, or Aboriginal or First Peoples, gets confusing at times…but its all the same…Tinsel is Native. Where are you getting your information from?

      • Anonymous Also says

        This is partially what anonymous is referring to.
        There is allot of stuff here about the casting of non-Natives as Natives in Twilight as well as other racist undertones therein! The whole thing stinks to high heaven – but as far as Tinsel Korey is concerned I’d say there’s been allot of mindless gossip!

        • Maybe you should do your research. She’s a liar and it’s not gossip its the truth. Pretty tired of having her manipulate her way into roles. If Summit is going to brag about hiring Natives then they should actually hire them. Tinsel doesn’t have one drop of Native blood in her.

          • Anonymous Also Who Used To Have Respect says


            When I wrote this in August I was still digging for the truth and it’s not good to condemn anyone without proof. I have since met Harsha Patel. Need I say more!

  18. shes really sweet…she seems like a good Emily she is exactly how i pictured her while i was reading New Moon….i think that Chris Weitz is gonna do an awesome job for New Moon…from what ive seen in the trailers and clips they really stepped it up ..Kristen’s acting is wayy better Taylor is an awesome Jacob and they got it all right mostly

  19. It’s a shame this role could not have gone to a Native woman, it would have been great exposure for someone with the actual talent and background/culture. Thanks for marginalizing us even more, Summit!

  20. i have seen tinsel in hybrid and wyvern. she is pretty and i think she a very good actress. i would like to know her nationality and whether or not she is a native american or canadian; and if so, what tribe does she belong to. i look forward to seeing more of her acting. also where can i write to her, and does she answer fan mail.

  21. Harsha Patel is a liar and she can’t sing. The proof is in the pudding.


    • Harsha Patel may be a pathological liar, but she is a pretty good actress and an okay singer.

      It’s hard to respect someone and their career after all this shadiness. Too bad she took that path.

  22. Sehr gut am Klavier, sehr schöne Idee und auch inmgesast eine Leistung, die hier jeder respektieren sollte, der es nicht besser kann!!Allerdings finde ich auch, dass du, Katrin (so heißt du doch?), vielleicht ein bisschen mehr Kraft und Energie in deine Stimme legen solltest- gerade bei einem Song wie diesem. Du hast ne super Stimme- mach was draus und zeig es auch!!!

  23. tina tuble\s says

    LOL. Only whites n preteens (and Harsh) think she is native. Every1 knows she’s Asian.



  24. tina tuble\s says

    Everyone knows she faked her heritage for the part. So what! Who cares! South east asians are beautiful. Nothing wrong with lying in the industry. Happens all the time.

    Harsha is all for playing the game, that’s no excuse for kicking her off of the Aboriginal Awards just because she isn’t Aboriginal. That’s an indian-giver thing to do – offer her to host, then after find out she is East Asian, to take back the offer.

    Indian givers! Get better aboriginal actresses.

  25. jjcallingbull says

    What a liar. She claimed to be Mohawk fromQuebec. (After her name change fromHarhsa Patel).


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