'New Moon' Volturi member Jamie Campbell Bower wants more power

New Moon newcomer Jamie Campbell Bower plays Volturi member Caius. EW spoke with the 21-year-old British actor about what it takes to play a vampire, his craziest fan encounter and what powers he wished his character had.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me about what it’s like entering this crazy phenomenon.
JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER: Bizarre. You know it’s funny, we go in and do our job and never really expect anything else, as long as you’re happy with what you’ve done that’s all you really want. And then you do a movie where it has such a huge following and it’s definitely not something I was aware of at the time. I mean I knew of it, but it wasn’t something that was at the forefront of my mind or something that I had experienced yet.

Had you seen Twilight before?
I had, yes. I actually wanted to be involved in the first film. And I read the script for the first one and upon reading the script for the first movie I read all the books. So I had seen both the film, read the script and all the books.

So it’s safe to say you’re a fan?
I’m a hardcore, die-hard fan.

Are you glad you got to play Caius?
I was originally auditioning for the role of Demetri in New Moon, and then they said, “We think you’d be more fitting as Caius.” And I said, “Well that’s very kind of you, I’d love to come along and play him.” And I was aware of the character, I was aware very much of the particularly strong presence the Volturi have in Breaking Dawn.

How did you prepare to play a Volturi?
The thing is it’s not like we’re going in blind to this job. There’s such history, particularly with the Volturi and the animosity they have toward werewolves. So to prepare for it I didn’t do anything particularly special, per se. Michael Sheen talks about having studied the characters that scared him for his character, but Stephenie [Meyer] also writes that Aro has a voice like feathers. It’s picking up things like that that can really help you. And once you get the costume and the makeup and the contact lenses in it all sort of falls into place anyway.

Any memorable fan encounters?
I was given a banana.

A banana!?
I was given a banana in Los Angeles at a Hot Topic signing event. I had tweeted that my leg was shaking. I had a shaky leg and apparently it means lack of potassium and bananas are high in potassium. So, I ate the banana and the twitch subsided.

Have you signed on for the next two installments?
I didn’t do Eclipse, which they’ve finished, but I will hopefully be in Breaking Dawn – that’s where we get to really kick the s*** out of everything.

Who are you closest with on the cast?
Ashley [Greene] or Chris Heyerdahl who plays Marcus. He’s a lovely guy and we have very similar tastes in our comedy and what we like to watch and what we like to read. So we’re kindred spirits on set. But you know, I got along well with everyone.

Anything else we should know about Caius?
He’s doesn’t have any powers. He’s the only bloody Volturi who doesn’t have any powers. God knows why, I need to ask Stephenie that. Maybe he has the power to appear that he’s four centimeters to the left of wherever he is. That’s the power I’d like him to have.

Photo Credit: Kimberley French

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  • UGH

    I can’t wait for the next update on the stars’ bowel movements.

    • alex

      UGH 1
      EW 0

    • Mark

      Quite frankly, I’m surprised they haven’t started interviewing the janitors from the movie….this is getting embarrassing!

      • To Mark

        EW are an entertainment website interviewing a lot of actors from a record setting box office movie. What’s confusing or embarrassing?

  • darkestred

    Thank you for introducing us to Jamie. He was very striking as Caius. He didn’t have much screen time – none of the Volturi really did, can’t wait to see all of them get down to business in Breaking Dawn. Hope you’ll be along for the ride Jamie!

  • Christy

    Thank you for this wonderful interview with Jamie!! He is a very talented actor and a pleasure to watch onscreen!

  • Anthony

    My girlfriend asked me to come to this movie and I did and I thought it was pretty good. I really liked the Volturi and she told me that this guy is the most against the Cullens. Good interview.

  • Inga

    “Maybe he has the power to appear that he’s four centimeters to the left of wherever he is.” LOL oh Jamie is always so funny.

  • Gina Vera

    he is suppose to be doing the Harry Potter movies so between Twilight and HP this guy should be set for movie cred to start inhis own movie.

  • masurix

    Ha, I kind of loved that superpower idea he has for Caius. He’s pretty funny.

  • Kalie

    I pictured Caius very differently when I read the books. I thought he’d look older for one thing, but I think JCB did a great job in NM. He’s always hilarious and adorable in interviews, and I look forward to seeing him in BD. I wish Summit would just make the announcement already. With all the money NM is raking in, there’s no doubt at this point that they’ll be making BD.

  • Shana

    lol it’s refreshing to hear that a guy is “a hardcore, die-hard fan.”

  • Twi-Mom

    Am loving getting to know the rest of the cast as well as Rob, Kristen, and Taylor. Really like this guy!

  • rwar85

    everytime i saw him i wanted to start singing johanna from todd haha he really chooses the weird and somewhat dark pieces between sweeney todd and new moon

  • lila

    i wont lie, i kept getting him and dakota fanning confused. they look way too similar in this movie.

  • Andi Imlej

    Loved this interview with Jamie. He is such a great actor/singer and a truly nice guy. Also, I love his sense of humor. I am sure Breaking Dawn is going to be made into a movie as it is, in my opinion, the best book of the whole saga. Since the Volturi are in Breaking Dawn and have a larger part to play, I’m sure Jamie will be back as Cauis with more dialogue to speak and maybe they’ll give him more powers. Stephanie can change the characters a bit if she wants to. Love you, Jamie! =^..^=

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  • windyblue

    Interesting Bonnie Wright and Jamie, the vampire.

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