New Moon: Meraz (left); Gordon

Tween wolf: Meraz (left); Gordon

Two of the actors from the upcoming motion picture “Twilight: New Moon” were in South Florida November 11th and 12th to get up-close-and-personal with fans of the “Twilight” films, based upon the novels by (human) author Stephenie Meyer about a vampire and teenager who fall in love.

Actors Alex Meraz and Kiowa Gordon – who play “Paul” and “Embry,” two members of the shapeshifting wolf pack in “New Moon” – were at Dadeland Mall to meet and greet fans, mostly teenaged girls. The actors said they immersed themselves in their roles, not just the ‘sexy’ werewolf elements seen on screen, but in terms of the mythology behind the storyline. “There’s a whole mythos inside this,” Meraz said. “And it’s a real privilege to be able to bring the beliefs and folklore of [Native American] people to life. The shapeshifting myth is really intertwined with their entire Creation story.” There were other things he enjoyed, too, about playing the part: “Being a heartthrob is great,” he jokes. “Twilight: New Moon” opens nationwide November 20th. – Boomer (with additional reporting by Felix Gonzalez)