New Moon werewolf Chaske Spencer, who plays Sam Uley, dropped by Seventeen to give us the low down on the Twilightthe vampires v. werewolves cliques! Read more to find out how this hottie werewolf is adjusting to the spotlight and what it’s like working with Taylor Lautner!
17: What’s it like entering this New Moon world?
Chaske Spencer: It’s like a hurricane! It’s like you are in the eye of the hurricane when you are on set – everything is calm. Then you step out of set and everything in chaos. You don’t really feel it until after you come out of production. But it’s getting crazy. A few people have recognized me on the street already.
17: Did they prepare you for this? Or, did you assume it would be crazy?
CS: Not really, I didn’t know how big this was going to get. When I got to set on New Moon, they talked about how it was going to change your life. I thought, yeah, yeah, yeah. When we started filming Eclipse, that’s when it really started kicking in. We had paparazzi everywhere. We can’t just walk down the street anymore in Vancouver.
17: Can you tell us about any crazy fans?
CS: We had a couple of girls specifically fly in and they got rooms at our hotel and they would wait there. Girls would also camp out right below our hotel balconies. You would look over the balcony and wave and just hear screams. There were a couple of girls that got on the set of Eclipse. It was really funny because I don’t think they expected to make it that far. Once they got there, they just stood there with these wide eyes. Then they realized they got through security – and security is pretty tight! They had to get escorted off, but I give them credit for getting through.
17: What was it like making the movie?
CS: It was hard! We trained a lot. We had to put on mass weight. I packed on like 20 lbs. of muscle just working out. As soon as we got there, they got us a trainer who had helped out on the movie300. If we weren’t filming, we were working out. The acting part is easy, it’s the preparing – lifting weights and getting your body in tip-top shape – that’s the hard part. For our workouts, right off the bat we had to do 300 sit-ups every day. And we were on a special diet. We were eating like six meals a day – lots of protein and lots of vegetables. It helped us bond though. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It was fun. We were all going through this together.
17: What was it like working with Taylor?
CS: Taylor is a lovable man! He is so cool! First, he is raised right. He is a good kid. He’s got his head on his shoulders and he’s fun. He can be an adult when it comes time to work, but he is still 17 so he can be a kid as well. He gets really bored easily so between takes he will do flips and stuff. And he can do break-dancing and karate. The production people had to tell him to chill a few times because it got a little rowdy.
17: When you weren’t working out, what did you guys do on set?
CS: We goofed around a lot. It’s really fun because you get to hang out with these guys that you get along with. It was like a party. We would all pile into my trailer and watch a movie sometimes if it was taking a while to get to set or if they were busy filming something else. On off time, we would go to restaurants and clubs together. They were like my brothers.
17: On set, is it really vampires v. werewolves? Are there cliques?
CS: No! It’s such a huge cast that everyone gets along but we don’t get to see everybody. I’ve seen Rob on New Moon like twice, just in the makeup trailer, and then we go off to film our scenes. If we’re filming, the vampires are off, and when they are filming, we are at the gym. So it’s not a clique, it wasn’t meant to happen, that’s just the way it is. Everyone gets along, though.
17: We want to do wolf pack superlatives. Who’s the fastest?
CS: Alex Meraz.
17: The smartest?
CS: Tyson Houseman.
17: The funniest?
CS: Bronson Pelletier.
17: The best looking?
CS: Kiowa Gordon. We called him heartthrob.
17: The clumsiest?
CS: Me! This is a new body I have. It’s like I’m going through a growth spurt, like a 13-year-old.
17: How did you get started in acting?
CS: I was 21. I came to New York with $100 and a one-way ticket. I moved here in a last effort to make something out of my life. I started couch-surfing and bartending, and I got a lot of odd-jobs. Then I started landing acting gigs.
17: Did you always want to act?
CS: I think I did. I was interested in photography as well. I liked getting lost in movies. I’m a movie guy – I can get lost in anything. I really got into getting into characters and observing people. And, yeah, I didn’t know this was going to happen