TH: Being soooo multitalented
(acting and being a musician with a band), which talent do you
think you do best?
started out as a musician. I have played the guitar and sang since
I was 10 years old. For me, acting became a natural extension of
the same creative energy that comes from my music. Acting is my
life. Music is my passion. I don’t think I could give either of the
TH: Being brought up in a
Military household how did it affect your childhood and family
process then, how does it affect you and your family
Growing up in a military family is difficult because you move
around so much. I would just start to make friends and then we
would pick up and move. It was difficult not being able to put down
TH: Since you moved a lot when
you were young, what is the best lesson that you learned from that
Living in different states and going to a long line of different
schools taught me how to adapt to change and different people and
circumstances. I believe that the people who succeed in life are
those who can adapt to changing surroundings and create goodness
amidst the chaos that we sometimes encounter in the
TH: Tell us about your bet in
Tweeter? How did you Feel about the results?
had just joined Twitter when the whole thing started, so I did not
know what a powerful medium Twitter is for developing a closer
relationship with my fans. I went from having only a dozen
followers when I started to more than 27,000 in less than 10 days.
And the work that fans put into getting more followers for me…Wow!
I am blessed to have such a tremendously supportive fan base. We
didn’t make the goal, but thousands of followers are still joining
TH: Tell us about your personal
experience of being cast in the Twilight Saga. Did you ever expect
to be cast and did you ever think it would be this
Twilight was one of the most fun and rewarding acting experiences
I’ve had so far. I knew when I signed on that it would be a
significant film with a huge following. I have been swept away by
all the attention and all the fans.
TH: Being an actor, what parts
of yourself have you incorporate into Billy Black's character, and
what part of Billy, have you taken with you into your everyday
Billy Black is an awesome character to play. We are both down with
the kids and we both try to keep it real. An actor always digs deep
inside himself to draw out the personal experiences that bring life
to the character he plays. I am not Billy, but there is a part of
him in me and vice versa.
TH: What character would you
have chosen to portray if your Native American heritage had not
played a factor in how you were cast?
TH: Like most of the cast in
Twilight, how has the Franchise changed your life?
Twilight has been an amazing ride for me. The volume of fan mail,
emails and requests has increased so much that it’s becoming more
and more difficult for me to personally respond to fans. I don’t
get caught up in all the hype. I’m still the same Gil Birmingham I
was before Twilight, only I get a lot more mail.
TH: Have you read all the books
in the Saga? If so, what is your favorite of the four, and
Right now, New Moon is my favorite because it focuses more time on
the werewolves and the transformation.
TH: If you have read Breaking
Dawn, do you think that Stephenie Meyer should begin a new story
line with the lives of Renesme and Jacob?
That would be a very interesting story, but it’s up to Stephenie to
TH: On a personal note, did
the story of these two star crossed lovers touch you in some way?
Would you consider Edward and Bella’s story as one of the best
fictional Love Stories ever written?
idea of star-crossed lovers goes back to the beginning of time, way
before Shakespeare’s Montagues and Capulets battled it out in Romeo
and Juliet. What Stephenie did was take a traditional literary
concept and put it in a uniquely modern fantasy with werewolves and
TH: What do you think of the
young men who were cast as La Push's wolf pack?
They were all well cast for the roles. I’d worked with Chaske
before, but being on the set with all of them and getting to know
them, they all are very talented and very dedicated to their
TH: You’ve worked with Chaske
Spencer before in Dreamkeeper, how did you feel when you found out
he cast in the movie as well? Did you think he’d make the best
Alpha (referenced to Stephenie’s leader of the
also worked with Chaske in Steven Spielberg’s Into the West. I
thought he was a great choice for the Alpha. He’s an accomplished
actor, who has a stage presence that will make him commanding in
the role of Sam.
TH: Last Question…This is
something that we call T-Hub Fast Ball. With this, we would like
you to please describe some of your cast-mates in one
Unfortunately, I can’t adequately describe any of the cast members
in just one word.
-Twilighter's Hub would like to
thank Gil Birmingham and his PR Rep, Jody Roberts, with Roberts
Public Relations, for granting us the opportunity to do this
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