Many Twilight fans were hoping that Q’orianka Kilcher, 19, who played Pocahontas in The New World opposite Colin Farrell when she was 14, would get the role.
Leah in the Twilight Saga’s Eclipse book is a 19 year-old Native American Indian wolf pack princess. Julia Jones is 28 years old. An interesting choice.
By Aaron Richter
They’re Chickasaw from Northern Mississippi. That’s my dad’s side.
What about your mom?
My mom is from Connecticut. I grew up in Boston.
Talk about Hell Ride and your character in that film.
The movie’s about this biker gang. I play [Cherokee Kissum] the former lover of Larry Bishop’s character, and I get killed by their rival gang a long time ago. They are trying to avenge my death. She’s the emotional driving force of the plot. She’s all in flashbacks, which tell that story of why the characters are doing what they’re doing.
This film is very much like Grindhouse. And there’s so much tits and ass in the film. Are you comfortable with that?
Cherokee Kissum is the only female role besides maybe one other in the film that I would have been comfortable playing. She isn’t just tits and ass. She wasn’t a conquest. She was very important to these people. They respected her. It was important to tell her story because otherwise the movie wouldn’t work.
Who is your character on ER this season?
Kaya Montoya. She’s a medical student. Also, she’s Native American. When she comes in, people underestimate her. She actually has a lot of experience.
You get some great character names.
That’s because I’m an Indian. But Cherokee Kissum is the best name ever. I will never have a better name than that.
Jones has appeared in Black Cloud and California Indian as well as a few other things. Let's hope she really is an Indian and not just another wannabe with a few drops of Indian blood.
For the previous Leah rumor, see Kyla Bearheels as Leah Clearwater? For more on the subject, see No Leah in New Moon? and 10 Actresses to Play Leah?