The Desert News talked to Kiowa via phone from Los Angeles in advance of his appearance in the Native American Celebration Golf Tournament in Lehi, UT, on July 23; on July 24, Pioneer Day, he’s appearing at the 16th annual Intertribal Competition Powwow in Salt Lake City.
In the interview, Kiowa talks about owing his career to The Twilight Saga and enjoying the opportunity to play a strong Native America role.
Kiowa Gordon says the “Twilight” phenomenon has been “very good” to him.
In fact, according to the 20-year-old actor, “I owe my entire career, at least to this point, to ‘Twilight,’ and I’m very grateful for that.”
In the movies, which are based on author Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling fantasy romance novels, Gordon plays Embry Call, one of the friends, or “wingmen,” of Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).
Gordon, a newcomer at the time, got the much-coveted part due in part to a lucky break. He is a member of Meyer’s LDS Church ward in Arizona, and “when she told me they were casting for the movie, I jumped at the opportunity.”
And he said he has enjoyed the chance to play a “strong” Native American character in the film. Gordon is a member of Arizona’s Hualapai tribe, which is probably best known for maintaining and operating the Grand Canyon’s “Skywalk.”
“I love being able to honor my roots and my heritage, especially in movies that are so hugely popular,” he said by telephone from Los Angeles.
You can read the rest of the article, including his hopes for Breaking Dawn, here.