'New Moon' wolfpack leader Chaske Spencer on cougars and fainters

Chaske Spencer, the actor who plays wolfpack leader Sam Uley, talked to EW about getting cast, meeting randy Twilight fans, and playing the leader of the pack.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When did all this start for you, and when is it done?
CHASKE SPENCER: It started for me March 5 when I got cast in New Moon, and I don’t know when it’s going to be done. It’s been like a wild ride. We got cast and there was already sort of a buzz about us. As it got closer, you kept feeling the buildup and the buildup, and all of a sudden at the premiere, it just exploded.  It was like a rock star moment. This is what we’ve been waiting for. People are telling us our lives are going to change. And they have.

What has been the most memorable fan encounter?
Let me think of PG one. [Laughs] Probably, a fainter. I had a girl faint on me. And then the criers. And then the cougars—the Twi-Moms—always come after us. That’s been very surreal, because we’ve had phone numbers slipped in our back pockets. It’s like we’re The Beatles.

Did you have a sense of what part you wanted when you auditioned?
They had me going out for Jared at first. Any part was fine. I knew it was going to be a huge movie. Next thing I know, they told me I had Sam. When I read the book, I thought more about his character. He’s tragic; he never wanted this—to be the leader of the wolfpack—but that was what he was thrown into.

What’s next for you?
I have my own production company called Urban Dreams. I want to get scripts for movies I want to do or vehicles to star in or direct. Things are rolling. Something hit me last week—we were doing some promos at a Nordstrom. Me and Bronson [Pelletier, a fellow wolf] were riding in a limo, going through Laurel Canyon, on Mulholland Drive. The sun was setting and a really cool song was playing on the radio. We rolled down the window and were like, ‘Wow, this is a good life.  I can’t believe we’re in f—ing New Moon.'”

Check back at EW.com all next week for more interviews with the stars of New Moon.

Photo Credit: Kimberley French

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  • Zap Rowsdower

    For all you MST3K fans, Rifftrax (the guys behind Tom, Crow & Mike) has done a hilarious commentary for Twilight that actually turns dreck into something quite palatable… and they finally settle the age-old sparkly vampire vs. non-sparkly vampire debate!!

  • Todd

    The guy seems like a total d-bag

  • Yesenia

    He said absolutely nothing for you to think that. I’m guessing regardless of who was interviewed, you’d probably say the same thing.

  • Todd

    Sorry I’m a little riled up that he dared compare being in Twilight in any shape or form to being in the Beatles

    • Johnny’sgirl

      Yes, Sir Paul..He must not compare Twilight to the Beatles.

  • Wheaty

    Although I like Twilight, this interview with this actor just seems completely waste of time and editorial space.

    • M

      Let me guess, team Edward and wolf hater?

    • paige

      agreed- waste of editorial space- im surprised she didnt ask what his favorite color was

  • blake

    This guy seems like a total douchebag, so full of himself, in 5 years nobody will remember him

  • paige

    little nips

  • Lindla Mayer

    How com epeople only comment when they have something mean to say? I met this guy at a twilight convention and he was the coolest nicest and hottest guy I have ever met.

  • mom_of_2_kidz

    The wolves were awesome! CW definitely got that right…they were huge and scary and all I expected.

  • Shana

    he’s so perfect for the character of Sam. his voice is so commanding and well suited to what I imagine when I read New moon. Plus he’s hot, though in his 30s so a little old for me lol

  • Tyler

    Success brings out the jealous haters in droves! This guy said nothing to make people say such mean things. If you don’t like Twilight, fine move along and find something more constructive to do with your time than to post about something you hate.

  • Christine

    i like this guy…he is sexy.

  • kathy

    God ppl are so jealous and mean. do you personally know him, how do you know hes a douch. he’s new to this whole success of the movie and ppl who dont know him are hating! i wish all the haters would just shut up. by the way i loved the movie and the wolf pack

  • Bakie09

    why are people always hating new moon and the actors involved in it, JESUS i like chaske he seems like a very nice person quit judging people who you have never met!!!!

  • martin jones

    This guy is a man’s man… he seems like the one kick back down to earth guy in this teen flick and everyone’s bashing him. He is actually a quality actor!

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