By Jomay Steen
Kyla Bearheels, 22, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, traveled to Salt Lake City in late June to audition for the role of Leah Clearwater in "Eclipse," the film based on the third book in Stephanie Meyers' wildly successful "Twilight" series.
Having worked in several independent films, Bearheels knows that the new actors are often called back to re-audition for these coveted parts. As time passes, the odds of the Native American actress getting the role of Leah have started to diminish.
"Unfortunately, I haven't been asked to come back to audition. But it was such an honor to get a call from Rene and to go up for the role," Bearheels said.
A theater major at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyo., Bearheels' odyssey began earlier this summer when Rene Haynes Casting Company from Burbank, Calif., contacted her requesting an e-mail address.
"Rene remembered the hype, the photos and her tape and she began to look for Kyla," Hawk said.
For more on the subject, see Quileute Werewolves in Twilight.