I’m sure all the Twi-hards here care WAY more about the werewolves of Twilight than the vampires, which is why I bring you an interview featuring two members of the wolf pack – Gil Birmingham and Tinsel Korey. As I’m sure you all know, Gil plays the role of Billy, Jacob’s father, and Tinsel is Emily, Sam’s scarred fiancée. Yes, I know, Billy and Emily are both humans, but in spite of that they are still part of the La Push pack. That said, check out this interview where they chat about Breaking Dawn and more!
What was your experience on set for Breaking Dawn Part 1?
Gil: It was like old family getting together. This is the fourth movie for me. Of course security is much more heightened. The expectation is probably about the same. I think it’s familiar ground and being able to share this with the only other people that understand what it really feels like.
Tinsel: I don’t even think we [points to Gil] even had a scene together. My scene was on the beach. Originally Gil was supposed to be in that scene but they were like “How does he get his wheelchair down in the sand?” so that wasn’t going to work [laughs]. The traveling with everybody, and that last road trip- it was beautiful sendoff for my last film in the franchise.
Do you have a favorite scene in Breaking Dawn?
Tinsel: It’s when they’re doing the toast at the wedding. I wasn’t expecting there to be humor in Breaking Dawn, but there’s a lot of it and you get to see that in the toast. Especially when Charlie is addressing Bella. That whole part of the movie was hilarious.
Gil: Doing take after take at the beginning of the movie when Jacob takes his shirt off in the rain. He’s got the wedding invitation and is finding out that Bella’s going to go through with it. That was fun.
Tinsel: But it made it on the trailer. Now you’re famous
GB: The wedding was pretty special. It was a little bit of the last hoorah. Having all the actors there in one of the biggest most anticipated scenes for a lot of the fans. It was good spending a week doing that and seeing how it turned out.
Not only has the Twilight series been a different look at vampires, it’s been a different take on werewolves too. Especially the cultural aspect they put into the film.
Gil: That was my favorite part. They tied it into them being heroes. It wasn’t a gratuitous thing to be this transforming monster. They didn’t make them as monsters, they made them protectors of the land. It was a great way to honor the culture in a supernatural kind of way.
Tinsel: They’re kind of not really werewolves. I always struggle with that term for the wolfpack. They’re shape-shifters who turn into actual wolves. That’s a completely different take on that genre.
Read the full interview HERE.
What do you think of what they had to say? What is your favorite scene from Breaking Dawn – Part 1? Do you think of the pack as werewolves? I do. I know Meyer calls them shapeshifters, but the way I see it is that they transform into wolves and just wolves, that’s close enough to werewolf for me.
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Moonlight loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like Vampires.com and Werewolves.com. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and you may lose a limb. You can stalk her via her Twitter.