There’s a new vampire on the Twilight block and his name is Riley … in the upcoming sequel film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Riley is played by newcomer Xavier Samuel (who also has a new movie titled Anonymous which is about to be released in theaters). You may recall that we’ve previously seen photos of Xavier filming scenes for Eclipse in Vancouver, British Columbia with co-star Bryce Dallas Howard (who has been cast to play vampire Victoria in the film) as well as photos of Xavier just hangin’ out in Vancouver in between filming days. Today we get to see a few photos of Xavier Samuel in the pages of the new issue of GQ magazine modeling a few affordable suits as well as some excerpts from his short interview with the mag:
You’re on the poster for the new Twilight film, Eclipse. How did this happen?
I did the audition from Sydney. I put the audition down on tape and sent it over.
Actors are always putting themselves on tape. But they never actually get the role that way!
I’ve been doing that for quite a while—doing these auditions from Australia and sending them out. I don’t know whose desk they land on, or if anyone even watches them. To hear back was a surprise. I flew to Vancouver on a maybe. It was me and four other guys. And I was shooting before I knew it.
Were you a fan of the Twilight series? Tell the truth.
I watched the first film on the plane, on the way over to Vancouver. Then I went straight to the bookstore.
Funny. You play Riley, a hungry newborn vampire out on a rampage. Full disclosure: I read the book, and Riley’s only on one page.
Yes, I was flipping through the book, thinking: Where’s Riley? He’s whittled down to one line. But in the film, we venture into the world of Riley and watch him assembling this newborn army. It’s more action-packed. And it gives me something more to do, thankfully.
Do you get to inflict much damage on the world?
There was no neck biting. I threw a vampire off of a burning car. I also threw a massive log with one hand. The log was attached to a hydraulic system. It made me look really strong.
Is it hard to be the new kid in a franchise like this?
It is a bit like the first day of school. But I felt like part of the family.
Most of your scenes are with Bryce Dallas Howard—who plays the villain, Victoria. She was also new to the Twilight family. Did that help?
We bonded quite early. We just kind of hit it off from the very beginning, rehearsed a lot of stuff, and talked about this almost Lady Macbeth kind of relationship.
You’re intellectualizing Twilight.
You see that Shakespeare reference I just made? [laughs] But she manipulates him in that way.
I’m impressed. How was the green-screen work? Obviously you’re not fighting wolves.
The director would yell Action! and this guy puts a stick in your face. That stick is the wolf. They didn’t teach that at drama school. I must have been sick that day.
Considering the way rabid Twilight fans like to “eat up” new manflesh in these Twilight films, I’m thinking Xavier is about to win himself a whole slew of new fans. I hope the poor lad is ready for all of that love. At least we know the boy can dress … he looks pretty good in this suit. After the jump, check out a couple more photos from Xavier‘s GQ photospread … More »