The Film Yap recently spoke with Tyson Houseman about his role in the portrayal of Native Americans in The Twilight Saga and the evolution of his character from New Moon to Eclipse:
The Yap: Something I want to ask quickly: being Native American, how do you feel the “Twilight” series portrays Native Americans? Do you see it as properly and respectfully?
TH: I don’t know. I like the way it is portrayed. It’s portrayed accurately, and it’s very respectful. I like the whole idea that they stick to the traditions and the stories, and the ideas of how wolves came about. It’s really cool how that’s introduced. But just the lifestyle as a whole in the film and in the books, it’s accurate, and I was really proud to be a part of it.
The Yap: Speaking for your character in particular, you slowly build in to becoming a more regular presence. Can you tell me about how that has helped you?
TH: Yeah. There were a lot of similarities between what was happening to me and the character. I only had one day of shooting on “New Moon,” but I was still friends with all the other wolf guys because we worked out together so much. So it was really cool. The character himself, he was the last one to turn into a wolf, so he always felt kind of left out. They didn’t really talk to him that much. But when he turns into a wolf he’s glad to have all of his friends back. For me, I was always hearing about their stories on “New Moon,” all the fun times they had, and I kind of felt left out. So it was really cool in “Eclipse,” when I’m a wolf, I can hang out with all the guys again. It really felt similar to the character.
You can read the full interview here, including Tyson’s thoughts on his character imprinting in Eclipse and the story behind his New Moon audition.