By Christina Radish
Chaske: What's cool, is that we get to help people as well. When you meet certain people, it's pretty cool. I remember meeting some of my heroes, when I was a kid, and being like, "Oh, they're really nice guys. They're really cool people."
Bronson: I did a couple of Make-A-Wish Foundation things, brightening up somebody's day. If you have that kind of power, it's pretty good.
Alex: I think also, as representatives for Native Americans in this franchise, we have a responsibility not to present a bad image. We're portraying Natives, and that's what they're going to see. I think it's time for us to rewrite what Hollywood's take on Native Americans was, which was long hair blowing and a noble kind of people, like in leather and feather period pieces. Now you see something in a contemporary setting, and you see us being humans. It's a great thing. Well, we're kind of human, but we're not demonized, which is important. It's done in a very tasteful way.
Chaske: It's going to be one of the biggest movies of the year.
Q: Being Native American, you have a connection with land and animals. Playing a werewolf, did you find yourself feeling different about that?
Chaske: You have to have a balance as well. I know a lot of Natives who are lawyers and doctors, who don't always wear their hair in braids. I think that's a misconception from the stereotyping that Hollywood and pop culture has of us. Not all of us are like that.
Alex: Hollywood thought Adam Beach was the only Native American left.
Chaske: I lost out on a lot of roles to that guy.
Alex: Yeah, were extinct, except for Adam Beach. They were almost going to put him at the Smithsonian for being the last Native American. So, it's good that people did their research. A lot of thanks goes to Rene Haynes, who was the Native American liaison that added to the casting. Joseph Middleton did the primary casting, but Rene had cast Chaske before in other projects and myself as well. She knows her stuff. That was a good thing that Summit did. They really made sure they did it right for the Wolf Pack.