Although Edi Gathegi is most widely recognized for his role as the dreadlocked vampire Laurent in "Twilight" (2008) and "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009), the actor was never a huge fan of the vamp...
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|Cast as Laurent in the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novel, "Twilight"|
|Made film debut playing the Haitian Cabbie in "Crank"|
|First voice role in animation, on an episode of "Phineas and Ferb"|
|Appeared in three episodes of ABC Family's "Lincoln Heights", playing "Boa -- his first recurring TV role.|
|First professional roles were in theater, appearing in "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream"|
|Reprised the role of Laurent in the sequel, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"|
|Had a recurring role as Dr. Jeffrey Cole on the FOX drama, "House"|
|Played Deputy Martin in the remake of "My Bloody Valentine 3D"|
|Cast as Cheese in the drama, "Gone Baby Gone," directed by Ben Affleck and starring Casey Affleck|
|Appeared in the thriller, "The Fifth Patient"|
Although Edi Gathegi is most widely recognized for his role as the dreadlocked vampire Laurent in "Twilight" (2008) and "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009), the actor was never a huge fan of the vampire genre. In fact, when he first read for the part, he was so unfamiliar with the popularity of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels that he didn't realize it was a vampire flick. But Gathegi clicked so well with the film's director, Catherine Hardwicke, that he immediately devoured the entire Twilight cycle, quickly becoming a fan of the best-selling books.
Edi Mue Gathegi was born in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 1979. His family moved to the United States when he was young, settling in the Bay Area town of Albany, CA. In college, the 6'1" Gathegi focused on basketball at The University of California, Santa Barbara, but this first love was derailed by a knee injury that drove him into the low-impact sport of acting. He went on to study his craft at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating in 2005, Gathegi quickly kicked off his acting career playing a cabbie in Jason Statham's "Crank" (2006). The following year Gathegi landed a recurring role as Dr. Jeffery Cole on FOX's hit series, "House M.D.." He went on to win a small but important role as hard-bitten drug lord Cheese in Ben Affleck's feature-length directorial debut, "Gone Baby Gone" (2007). Within his brief on-screen moment in this critically acclaimed working-class mystery, Gathegi delivers the film's title line.
After landing his plum role in "Twilight," the actor was cautiously optimistic during pre-release interviews, but still found himself somewhat unprepared for the film's frenzied reception. In 2009, Gathegi appeared in the considerably less popular slasher remake "My Bloody Valentine 3-D," and reprised his role as Laurent in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." He subsequently landed the role of Armando Muñoz/Darwin in "X-Men: First Class" (2011). The actor also made several small screen appearances on popular shows including a guest spot on The CW's "Nikita" (2010- ), the recurring role of Kyle on The CW's "Beauty and the Beast" (2012- ), and as Leon on the ABC drama "Red Widow" (2013-), which is the brainchild of a fellow "Twilight" alum, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. In spring 2013, Gathegi joined the cast of the ABC sitcom "Family Tools," based on the British sitcom "White Van Man."
|University of California, Santa Barbara|
|New York University|
|On the vampire mystique, Gathegi has observed, "I think what people are attracted to is that sort of power that a vampire has." -In an interview with journalist Nick Maslow|
|His nicknames are Ed Lo and Edi G|
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