Alex Meraz captivated audiences - including millions of squealing teenage girls - as snarling werewolf Paul in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009). The Native American actor previously appeared in te...
The actor's wife Kim gave birth to a baby boy named Talus Alexander Meraz last week (ends06May12), according to Life & Style magazine.
The couple wed in 2007 and welcomed its first son Somak in 2009.
Meraz, who plays werewolf Paul in the hit movie franchise, married his wife in 2007 and they became first-time parents in 2009 when baby son Somak was born.
A source close to the pair tells Life & Style magazine, "They're having another boy."
The vampire movie series attracts hordes of dedicated followers and Meraz, who plays wolfman Paul, has garnered plenty of female attention since he joined the cast for the second outing, The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
The actor admits fans often get over-excited when they meet their idols and one encounter left him spattered with vomit.
He says, "The worst experience I had with a fan was when one vomited. Luckily she turned in time and most of it missed me. I hope it was because she was excited to see me and not disgusted."
The actor, who played wolfman Paul in the Twilight sequel, is almost unrecognisable as Nicaragua in gritty new film The City of Gardens.
Meraz had to shed his musclebound look and lose almost a quarter of his bodyweight to play the surfer in director Camilo Vila's new film, which is based on a real story.
The actor tells EOnline.com, "I didn't want to look like a Ken doll, you know what I mean?. It's a Peruvian prison in the '80s, which is nothing like an American prison. There's not much food. There are definitely no free weights to work out with. So I couldn't have a gym body."
Meraz stopped lifting weights, reduced his meal portions and even went on a juice diet while he was shooting.
He adds, "I could see my heart beat through my chest."
Meraz admits he's now trying to pack on the pounds again for the Twilight franchise's split Breaking Dawn films.
Lautner stars alongside Hollywood heavyweights Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba in the romantic comedy, as well as his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift.
But Meraz is not impressed by the line-up and has attacked movie studio bosses for assembling such a headline-grabbing cast just to cash in at the box office.
In a series of tweets on his Twitter.com page on Thursday (04Feb10) Meraz wrote: "Sorry Taylor but the movie Valentine's Day looks lame and desperate. It cries out, 'look we have all the biggest starz in 1 movie pleez (sic) watch!'
"P.S. it has nothing to do with the talented actors in the movie. I just don't like the producer & Director's 'get rich quick skeem' (sic) nuff (enough) said."
Meraz later realises his comments might cause some controversy and takes to the social networking site to vow not to post similar outbursts in the future.
He adds, "Talk about biting the hand that feeds me... I'll be careful next time I spill twitter all over everyone."
Actor Peter Facinelli, who plays vampire patriarch Carlisle Cullen in the film franchise, will lead a team of co-stars and crew against American footballers on the Saints roster in the 20 March (10) baseball battle.
Twilight stars Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz and Tyson Houseman will also take part in the challenge, which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the American Red Cross and Hope for Haiti Now. The Blood Center will host a blood drive during the event.
Facinelli admits he has become a big baseball fan after learning how to play the game for the first Twilight film.
Cast as Paul, the hot-tempered werewolf, in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"
Reprised the role of Paul in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
Appeared briefly as a warrior in the PBS series, "We Shall Remain"
Made film debut in Terrence Malick's "The New World"
Played a Native American man in a gay relationship in the short film, "Two Spirits, One Journey"
Alex Meraz captivated audiences - including millions of squealing teenage girls - as snarling werewolf Paul in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009). The Native American actor previously appeared in television and film projects that often focused on the history and culture of his indigenous ancestors. Getting cast as the "bad boy werewolf" in the sequel to the hit 2008 vampire love story "Twilight" launched Meraz' career and exposed him mainstream audiences. Refusing to play it safe by industry standards - including doing his own stunts in "New Moon" - Meraz turned in an inspiring performance in his breakout role and took his rightful place amongst Hollywood's young leading men.<p>Alejandro Meraz was born on Jan. 10, 1985 in Mesa, AZ. He was a Native American Indian descendant of the Purepecha (Tarasco) Nation, indigenous people from the northwestern region of Michoacán, Mexico. Meraz, an avid painter and illustrator, attended the New School for the Arts in Tempe. He and his wife Kim, who was of Vietnamese-American descent, had a son named Somak.<p>The actor's Native American heritage played an immense role in his career, in that he was often cast in historically-based film and television projects. Meraz made his feature film debut in the epic drama "The New World" (2005), playing a Native American warrior opposite an A-list cast that included Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer and Christian Bale. He was a featured dancer in the Canadian production of "Dancing with Spirit" (Bravo, 2007- ), a unique six-part series about aboriginal dancing and how it combined footwork, music and storytelling to reinterpret and preserve culture. Meraz once again played a native warrior in the PBS American Experience miniseries "We Shall Remain" (2009), a historically-based account of the European settlement of North America told from the Native American perspective.<p>Meraz had not yet seen the blockbuster film "Twilight," based on Stephenie Meyer's 2005 novel about a young woman (Kristen Stewart) who fell in love with a vampire (Robert Pattinson), when he was cast in its much-anticipated sequel, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." The actor later admitted he watched a bootlegged copy of the film for the first time on the set of "New Moon." Playing hot-tempered werewolf Paul, part of the story's Quileute tribe wolf pack led by Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), was the most physically demanding role Meraz had ever attempted to this point in his career. He trained eight hours a day for two days straight to perfect an intense cliff-diving scene in the film. Meraz and the rest of the wolf pack actors also rehearsed by jumping off 50-foot scaffoldings onto an air mattress because they did not want to use stunt doubles any more than necessary.<p>The "Twilight" fan community instantly fell in love with Meraz and considered him as one of the film franchise's leading men. The actor experienced "Twi-mania" for the first time after the number of his Twitter followers jumped into the thousands almost overnight. In November 2009, <i>People</i> magazine named Meraz "Sexiest Man of the Week" at the time of the sequel's release. With all the attention and hoopla surrounding his high-profile role, Meraz had little time to take a break between "New Moon" and starting production on "Eclipse" (2010), the third film in the "Twilight" saga. Meraz said he felt less pressure making "Eclipse" than "New Moon," as on the latter, he had spent the majority of his time trying to understand his character's motivations and to blend in with the already friendly cast and crew from the first film. In his first non-"Twilight" project, Meraz appeared in the coming-of-age drama "Four to the Floor" (2009), about a group of friends who take an eventful road trip before going off to college.
Born c. 2008; mother, Kim Meraz
New School for the Arts and Academics
Meraz is a Native Mexican Indian of the Purepecha tribe.