Published on December 6, 2010 by John
Alejandro “Alex” Meraz (born January 10, 1985) is an American dancer, actor and martial artist. Meraz played a hot-tempered werewolf named Paul in the film New Moon, the sequel to 2008′s Twilight.
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Meraz claims indigenous Mexican heritage from the P’urhépecha people. He attended the New School for the Arts, and is an avid painter and illustrator. Besides break-dancing Alex excels in indigenous and contemporary dancing. He has studied mixed martial arts, winning numerous tournaments in karate and the martial art of Capoeira. Alex’s first big film was The New World as one of the Powhatan core warriors and that was when he got the acting bug. Thereafter he was in the running for the film Apocalypto but in the end was turned down. His big break came when he was cast as werewolf Paul in the film New Moon.
He is married to his Vietnamese-American wife, Kim. His wife was the true Twilight fan, it was she who told him he should audition for New Moon, she believed he was perfect for the part. They have a son named Somak, whom his mentor, actor Raoul Trujillo is the godfather. Somak means “beautiful one” in Quechua, an indigenous language from Peru.