7 Things You Need to Know About 'New Moon' Wolf Alex Meraz

7 Things You Need to Know About 'New Moon' Wolf Alex Meraz-photo

It took one New Moon casting announcement to bring Alex Meraz from obscurity into the thick of Twilight mania. Out of all the wolf pack cast introduced, Meraz has clearly captured the public imagination with his shirtless photos and his piercing eyes. But who is Alex Meraz? We asked his mentor and friend, actor Raoul Trujillo, to give us a breakdown.

HE'S, UM, PRETTY HOT (OKAY, THAT WAS OUR POINT): "The camera loves him," agrees Trujillo. "Everywhere we go people are always saying, 'Good God, who is your friend.'"  

"This is only going to be scarier now."

HE'S GONE FROM 'NEW WORLD' TO 'NEW MOON': Meraz's first big film was New World as one of the Powhatan core warriors. "That's kind of where he got the bug," says fellow New World cast member Trujillo. "It was an incredible experience."

Meraz was in the running, but was turned down for Apocalypto: "Mel felt he didn't look Mayan enough, which was silly." says Trujillo who was cast. "I don't look Mayan either, but they put a prosthetic nose on me and I looked plenty Mayan."

HE'S A SERIOUS DANCER: Meraz came to Trujillo's attention when another choreographer found him break-dancing on the streets in Phoenix, Arizona. Besides break-dancing he excels in indigenous and contemporary dancing. Meraz is "an inherent dancer" says Trujillo. who is also a choreographer.

Even Colin Farrell was impressed when Meraz busted some moves at the New World wrap party. Trujillo: "Colin was just sitting and watching cross-legged all ga-ga going, 'Oh my god.' "

HE CAN KICK SERIOUS VAMPIRE BUTT: Alex has studied mixed martial arts, winning numerous tournaments in karate and the martial art of Capoeira. "He's a pretty lethal martial artist," says Trujillo. "He can kick some serious ass."

So who'd win: Alex or a vampire? "If it were going to be one of the Twilight vampires, I'd bet on Alex in a minute," laughs Trujillo. "But in the end, you bet on the screenwriter. They say what's going to happen."

THE DUDE WORKS HARD: Nabbing the key role in Twilight was no fluke for the young actor. "If there's anyone I have known in my life that deserves this, it's Alex," says Trujillo. "He's worked his ass off in the time I have known him. He never lets up."

Beyond staying in top physical shape, the actor-student works hard on honing his craft, including his New Moon audition. "Alex drove from Phoenix to my ranch in New Mexico on his birthday weekend so I could help him with his audition," says Trujillo. "It's about 8 hours each way. But he knew he needed to get this done." 

"He's humble," says Trujillo. "And he always showed that he was willing to listen and learn."

Even with those essentials, it took a lot of work, luck and talent to break through. 

"New Moon happened to be there at the right time," says Trujillo. "This is his first big break. And what a break to have. This whole thing is a phenomena."

SORRY LADIES, HE'S MARRIED: Alex is madly in love with his Vietnamese-American wife Kim, who posed nude while pregnant with their son. They have a child named Somak (Trujillo is the god-parent). Kim was the one who was a true Twilight fan.

"His wife is the one who has read all of those books. And she's the one who said look, you have to got to get into this. This is perfect for you. You're the one."

FINALLY, HE'S RIPPED: "I sometimes have to tell him, 'I hate you, put your shirt on,' " says Trujillo.

"He's slender anyways and he has a body that just is that way. He doesn't even really work out because if he works out he gets huge. He's got these shoulders on him. It's from the martial arts and the break dancing. And he's one of those genetically gifted guy."

"They are going to have to get a trainer for everyone else on set or he is going to stand out like a sore thumb."

Check out our gallery of Alex's photos including pix from Trujillo and Meraz's trip to Burning Man.

Tell us in comments below, what do you think of Alex Meraz?



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  • Ceeci Gómez
    Ceeci Gómez

    That is very nice Cotito <3 :DD

  • giselle

    i love alex meraz

  • thelightiswhiteee

    i think he should have been embry!!! swwoon...

  • maryane

    wow he sounds realy.....realy....i dunno! no words for it! his sound realy amazing! (though still not the right word) hes happily married as a child! has a hot body and vry fit! wat more can u ask for? cant wait for new moon! haha his got pauls character! going to be angry al the time! (: x

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  • lirael

    WHAT?? He's married!! lol Nooooo!!! hahah well shucks.. Wow, yeah i gotta agree he is one hot werewolf. No i don't think he would take the spotlight or anything like that if anything he's looks pretty dang good =D I can't wait to see him and the rest of the pack in New Moon.

  • anen

    [quote=La Bruja]He was in New World? I was hoping they would use Q Orianka the girl who played Popcohantas in The New World for Emily or Leah in New Moon or eclipse too. SHE would be perfect. Emily had been cast now thought so maybe Leah. Emily has not been cast yet Emily hasn't been Official yet

  • La Bruja
    La Bruja

    He was in New World? I was hoping they would use Q Orianka the girl who played Popcohantas in The New World for Emily or Leah in New Moon or eclipse too. SHE would be perfect. Emily had been cast now thought so maybe Leah.

  • woofwoof

    New World To New Moon hahah that's excellent! This gets better by the seconddddd.. he is Sexy and talentedddd Yay! Me wants moreee

  • quinsosyaliztah

    -- i think his hot like robbert pattinson i like his body so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kctjohnson

    I'm so proud that two Arizonans made it to the Wolf pAck! Woohoo!! Anyway, I cannot WAIT to see the scene between Paul and Jacob where they go at each other. This is going to be fun to watch!

  • diyoriocutiepie

    hello sexyy!!! but i still think taylor is better! even though im team edward. jacob and edward mixed would make one hot boyfriend. =p

  • Mrs.Black

    He is a HOT guy but i do think he might need a trainer cuz he is looking a lil on the thin side to be a part of the wolf pack n No he would not stick out like a sore thumb HELLO have u seen Jacob( TAYLOR)

  • jasmine

    i hope he dosnt steal robert pattinsons thunder becuz he is not hotter i like original characters better

  • Mrs. Edward Cullen
    Mrs. Edward Cullen

    wowww he's smokin' hot! *howl* loll. i can't wait until new moon. (I LOVE EDWARD CULLEN!)

  • mrsannacullen

    hottie o'clock! wow. i've never had a thing for any of the wolves but omigod! fittie!!!

  • Sydney

    Oh Goodness! Those are some sexy pics!! Team Paul!

  • sally

    He's so sexy, I can't wait to see him in New Moon :D

  • missgirl

    DANG! Is that how they grow 'em in AZ??? Hell, I need to move! What a lucky girl his wife is!!!

  • bawwow

    i think the picture told me all i need to know.....mm

  • speechless

    What can I say! I'm truly speechless