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'Twilight': Werewolf hunk Alex Meraz talks about making 'New Moon'

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EW caught up with Alex Meraz, who plays werewolf Paul in the Twilight sequel New Moon, at the premiere of 17 Again last night in L.A., and the actor took the opportunity to chat about the challenges that come with playing a buffed-out lycan with a temper. Namely, constantly having to resist temptation at the craft service table while maintaining tip-top physical form. “We are pretty much half-naked the whole time, running around and lurking,” Meraz said of the three weeks he spent shooting in Vancouver. “We have to watch what we eat all the time, and before we start filming a scene, we can all be found on the side of the set with the dumbbells, lifting and curling and doing pull-ups. That’s for the ladies.”

As for how New Moon will compare to Twilight, Meraz had a few thoughts. “It’s going to be way more awesome than Twilight. The way Chris Weitz is directing it and his interpretation of the book is a bit edgier, darker, more intense,” he said. “How could it not be better? We’ve added werewolves and we still have vampires. Plus,” he joked, “you added me. That makes it that much hotter.” (Reporting by Carrie Bell)

More ‘Twilight’:
EW.com’s ‘Twilight’ Central