Edi Gathegi Talks of Irina in 'New Moon' and Taylor Lautner's Hard Work

January 20, 2009 03:49:18 GMT

Starring as Laurent in 'Twilight' and expected to make a return in 'New Moon', Edi Gathegi opens up about his character's love interest as well as Taylor Lautner's commitment on his part.

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As "New Moon" is stepping closer and closer to its production start, another "Twilight" actor comes out to discuss parts of the vampire drama sequel. Sharing his opinion to MTV, Edi Gathegi, the actor who plays nomadic vampire Laurent addresses several issues from a fan choice of Sophia Myles as Irina to Taylor Lautner's seriousness to play Jacob Black in the new film.

In "New Moon", Gathegi's character will meet a Denali vampire named Irina whom he is interested in. When asked by MTV about a fan's choice of "Outlander" actress Myles as Irina in a YouTube fan-made video, Gathegi responds "She's a good choice. I could be happy with that." He continues, "I like her work...Now I'm not going to be able to get her out of my mind for that character."

As of the Irina character, the 29-year-old explains that the character should be "extremely vulnerable", adding that he believes the trait is "what leads her to make the choices that she makes". The actor who is also seen in TV series "House M.D." further adds, "She should also be hard-headed. Vulnerable and hard-headed. But I think those are things that a good actress can do, so type-wise, I don't even know. I don't even think people saw me as Laurent for a while. So just let the best actress win, I say."

On the re-signing of Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, Gathegi reveals that he and Lautner will get together to celebrate, saying "Taylor and I are going to his parents' place for dinner tonight - and then go to the gym...We're going to celebrate tonight." On Lautner's commitment for his character, Gathegi says, "You should see this kid! He's jacked. He's taking it seriously."

"We've worked out in every city on our tour," the "Gone Baby Gone" actor moreover explains. "If you see him, you'll know immediately. This kid is so strong right now, it is unreal. He has achieved with his body what people with steroids cannot achieve. The only way I can describe it is that God has given him this time for this growth spurt and this body right now."

Talking about his own character in "New Moon", Gathegi fesses up that he is looking forward to "being fully bad". He then elaborates, "Not just halfway bad. I like the transition from being conscious and compassionate, to ['New Moon' when Laurent realizes] that's too difficult. I've got to be a vampire." More on the interview with Edi Gathegi can be read at MTV.


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posted by mwa on Feb 03, 2009
what about breaking dawn, that would be quite cool!!
posted by caroline on Jan 31, 2009
Hey can anyone tell me if its official that new moon and eclipse are being filmed back-to-back???
posted by tiffany on Jan 30, 2009
i didnt think Irina showed up in new moon either but they ARE filming new moon and eclipse back-to-back so who knows how things are gonna be done
posted by lizzzardman on Jan 30, 2009
i think she'd be a great choice to play as irina
posted by Lauren on Jan 23, 2009
She doesn't, I guess the fan that asked what he thought was just curious about it: they are supposed to develop a strong (offscreen) friendship, after all.
posted by Hannah on Jan 22, 2009
I looked her up on google, and I think she'd be a really good choice for Irina! I wasn't aware, however, that Irina ever shows up in New Moon?

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