In an exclusive interview QuileuteWolfPack.com sat down with Mariel Belanger who played the third wife in Eclipse. To refresh your memories (if needed ) Mariel was the one who sacrificed herself to distract the female vampire that was destroying her village in the flashback scene told by Billy Black around the bonfire.
QWP: Many seem to agree that the Twilight saga movies have “opened doors” for Native American actors to more modern roles. What are your thoughts on this?
MB: The saga has definitely opened doors for some actors, I can’t say my role was modern because it wasn’t. I think the only real way doors are going to be opened is if screen writers generalize their characters more. The majority of roles are still written for Caucasian characters even though we live in a bi-racial/multi-ethnic society. The writing/casting needs to reflect that more.
QWP: Were there any memorable moments on the set of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse that you can share with the fans?
MB: I spent as much time as I could on set and not in my trailer just so I could take in the whole experience. I got to watch Kristen Stewart as she mimicked my performance for the morphing into Third Wife part. She was nice, introduced herself to me. I felt welcomed by pretty much everyone I got to meet. I really enjoyed watching the stunts, it happens so fast, but when you’re on set – you know exactly how many falls and hits they take.
QWP: How did you prepare for your role as Taha Aki’s Third Wife? Did you know what role she served in the entire storyline of Eclipse, and how did that knowledge affect you in internalizing the character?
MB: I searched the internet for any back story I could find on the Quileute tribe and the role of the Third Wife. I found some amazing stories written by fans – how they envisioned her and her sacrifice. It was great to read, to get a sense of the urgency of her situation, and the immense love she obviously felt for her children. I felt a connection to the character not only as a native woman, but as a fiancé and mother who – given her circumstances, did what she thought would save her family. It was easy to understand her.
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