Our “Twilight” specialist Yvonne Villarreal caught up with the “Twilight” wolf-pack actors who, no surprise, howl in protest when someone suggests that Team Edward is best.
Team Edward or Team Jacob?
It’s no contest, at least not according to the actors who portray the lupine brethren of Jacob, the werewolf played by beefy heartthrob Taylor Lautner in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which hits theaters June 30.
Chaske Spencer, the 35-year-old actor who plays wolf-pack elder Sam Uley, says brooding vampires — like Robert Pattinson’s forever-conflicted Edward Cullen — pale in comparison to a strapping, loyal forest boy like Jacob.
“Have you seen him?” Spencer asked with a chuckle. “He’s got that sex appeal going. He’s got the body. He’s the boy next door. But he can also rip your head off.”
Spencer added: “He’s a protector. What more could a girl ask for?”
In the third installment of “The Twilight Saga,” the vampires of the Cullen clan join forces with their hirsute enemies, the wolf pack, after an army of newborn vampires goes on a bloody tear in Seattle.
Amid the chaos, Bella, played by Kristen Stewart, must choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob.
It’s a no-brainer, say the shape-shifters who always wear their hearts on their sleeves — even if they don’t wear shirts. Their wolf-brother Jacob, they say, is the one Bella should keep at her side.
“He’ll treat her good, he’ll take care of her,” says 25-year-old Alex Meraz, who plays the hairy and hot-tempered Paul. “He’s cuddly when he turns into a wolf … unless he’s mad. But he can control it! He’s a good friend. Why would you want someone who is conflicted and doesn’t know if they love you or not? It’s like a love-hate relationship — ‘I love you, but I don’t want to hurt you.’ Instead you can have someone who is legit and is down to do anything for you. It’s like, ‘Momma would be happy.’ Jacob is someone you can take home to Mom.”
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Photos: Top and third, the wolf pack from the “Twilight” films. Credit: Summit Entertainment. Second, Taylor Lautner. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times
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