This is going to be your role.” That’s something you hear, and it just goes in one ear and out the other. My heart started beating really fast and I had to breathe. I told the rest of the cast, “All right, you guys, it’s slippery out there. I still feel a lot of adults and the media are trying to figure it out. Have you heard from any of the tribes and, in particular, the one on which this was based?
Alex: I enjoyed working with him for the fact that I experiment with doing short films and being a filmmaker and, seeing his process, I realized that he’s very much a filmmaker and not so much just a director. Now that we’ve transitioned into another film, we know the gist. And, David was just a great person to take on the franchise. Julia: The hardest scene for me to film was also the most fun for me.
In 2009, Spencer played werewolf Sam Uley in New Moon, based on Stephenie Meyer's novel of the same name.
During the press conference they all talked about what it’s like getting involved in the franchise, how they got cast, what making the film was really like and so much more. It was chaotic and physically demanding because you were freezing and wearing very little. That was the challenge, but after a certain point, you just enjoy yourself because really it doesn’t get better than that.
Calling the show a “really good project to be a part of, especially with the cast,” when we spoke on the phone earlier this week, Spencer went into detail about why he wanted to be a part of the series and working with the cast.
“It was really entertaining to me and the screenplay put me on edge…They’re a very fun cast.
I have a younger brother, who’s about the same age as some of them, so there was something that resonated, initially. I had never read the books before, but I actually had a very good friend of mine tell me about this role of Leah Clearwater. We were running and it was raining and there was about a foot of water. And, the scene that they used, where we run up to Jacob, if you look at me, I’m in the back with a smirk on my face because they used that take, the moment after me slipping. What I like about it is that it’s finally brought us to a place where we’re not always playing with the leather and feather. It’s up to the media as well to accept us as other than being just the mystical figures and speaking with accent all the time. The kids are more accepting of us than anything else. Julia: What excites me is that we’re being put in front of children and people who are in the process of defining their ideas of what Native Americans are.
But, over the course of filming and some of the press that we’ve been doing, it’s like home. She said, “They’re going to make a movie out of it, and it’s you. And then, when I got the call for the audition, all I heard was, “You have an audition on Monday for Leah Clearwater in Twilight,” and I had this visceral reaction. My background is in dancing and I feel like I’m really good on my feet. You’ll be able to dig into the floor better and you’ll get more traction.” So, we had to cut the corner and everyone else did it great. I think that’s probably the most valuable aspect of the way that Native Americans are portrayed in this film. It’s not quite normalized to most people who grew up watching most Native movies, like Dances with Wolves, Geronimo and all of those.
He lived through his childhood in Montana, Kooskie Idaho, Lapwai and Lewiston Idaho.