USA Today: Xavier Samuel Rising Star

XavierRilyTrailerUSA Today is touting Xavier Samuel as an actor to watch. The article also featured the close off-screen relationship Xavier developed with fellow newbie Bryce Dallas Howard.

“Fellow Eclipse newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, 29, (who takes over the role of Victoria from Rachelle LeFevre) seduces young Riley in the film.

In real life, Samuel calls the two especially good friends. “She’s so professional and she works harder than anyone I’ve ever met in my life,” he says of Howard, who even offered the temporarily homeless actor her couch in L.A. once filming wrapped.

Samuel spent two weeks hanging out with Howard’s young family, “really wonderful people,” he says of her husband, Seth Gabel, and their young son, Theo. Although he’s now renting in West Hollywood, he recently attended Theo’s third birthday party and noshed on barbecue with Bryce’s rather famous father, director Ron Howard.

Did he schmooze his way into a film? “I don’t know if I’d be so lucky,” he quips. “I haven’t really broached the subject with Ron yet.”

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  1. I wish all the best success for Xavier. I was wary that there would be too much focus on Riley and the newborns, but that was put to rest.
    Xavier is fabulous in this film and was amazingly seductive yet manacing as Riley. And for how well he did the scene in the opening, chills.

  2. Janie S. says:

    Team Riley all the way! =D Xavier was fabulous in the movie, I was blown away. I hope he becomes very successful.

  3. Riley is so HOT!
    When the movie was over my friend asked me if I was team Edward or Jacob. I said, “Are you kidding?! Team Riley all the way!”

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