Twi-hards know Booboo Stewart as Seth Clearwater, Leah's younger brother and the new wolf in the pack in "Eclipse." Stewart has a bigger role in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" and seems to be the wolf most likely to mingle peacefully with the Cullen clan when he's not busy bonding with Jacob.
Stewart is only 17 years old, but this multi-faceted teenager has already performed as a member of Disney's T-Squad, worked as a model and won the title of 2002 and 2003 Junior Martial Arts World Champion. We caught up with Stewart just before "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" breaks the box office and asked him if he is a lone wolf or one of the pack, what's up next for Seth in "Part 2" and on which celebrity he'd love to imprint.
You weren't born with the name Booboo. What's the story behind it and how do you write it?
My real name is Nils and Booboo is a childhood nickname. It's not two words or two capital B's, it's B-o-o-b-o-o. Even on IMDb they get it wrong, so thanks for asking.
Seth Clearwater is introduced in "Eclipse" but in "Breaking Dawn - Part 1," we learn more about him and see that he really idolizes Jacob. Did Taylor feel like your big brother on the set?
I wouldn't consider him a big brother. He's a friend and a cool guy to hang out with. He's was always on set and they'd never have to call to get him there, which I thought was really professional. There are definitely things to learn from him.
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Seth wants to break away with Jacob in the movie and kind of be a pack of two. In real life, would you say you like to travel in packs of people, or are you more of a lone wolf?
I usually travel with a lot of people, like my dad, mom and sisters. There are definitely a lot of us.
You're 17 years old, and you've already been an actor, singer, model, dancer, and the creator and illustrator of your own comic book. Did you ever have a typical teenage job like working at Starbucks or a retail store?
I never had to do any of that! Maybe for a week that would be cool to just to see, but since I was 10 years old I have been doing this. It's been my choice and it's a lot of fun.
How long have you been practicing martial arts?
I started when I was three, but I'm going to start over because I feel like redoing it all again. I had to stop due to filming, but I'm getting back into it.
You've traveled around the country with the Cheetah Girls, the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus. What's the most exciting part of being on tour for you?
The traveling in between the shows was the most exciting. I remember the last tour with the Cheetah Girls; we performed in 15,000-seat houses. I would go into the venues before the people showed up and look at all the empty seats and say, "Wow, this whole place is going to be filled with people." I was about 12 to 14 years old.
You play a teen with Asperger's syndrome in the upcoming "White Frog." Would you say that this was your most challenging role as an actor to date?
Oh yes, definitely. One of the most stressful things was going into my audition because I did as much research as I could, but you still don't know what the director envisions this character to be. With Asperger's, it can be really mild or severe, so I didn't know how much to give. I watched lots of video logs made by people with Asperger's and I studied those. Our director, Quentin Lee, was really awesome and helped me nail down this character. Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet anybody with Asperger's while filming, but afterwards I did. He actually came to a "Twilight" convention.
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You live at home in L.A. with your parents and three sisters, and your family has quite a collection of animals. Tell us about them.
It's like a petting zoo! I have a little teacup poodle named Pookie. She is always really happy and runs around. When a dog is really comfortable, they give off a certain scent and you can smell it on their paws. It smells so good and it is all over my blanket. We have people who board horses at our house, but I only ride once in a while. We also adopted a cat named Elephant and a little rat terrier my sister has named April.
You get to see him grow as a person and you see his personality more -- how he idolizes Jacob. He becomes closer to Edward, too.
The wolves are usually shirtless in "Twilight." How did you guys keep warm out in the woods at night?
There were a lot of heaters because it was really cold, as well as a lot of hand warmers and feet warmers to put inside your shoes. The wardrobe people were awesome and really professional about it. We would hide extra warmers under our clothes that everyone sees so that we could be as warm as possible.
In the "Twilight" universe, wolves "imprint" on only one person and become devoted to them for life. If you could imprint on any celebrity, who would it be?
[Laughs] I don't know if I want to answer that one! Adriana Lima has been my celebrity crush for a while, though.