October 21, 2016
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Twilight’s Michael Welch steps into the light


By Kim Palacios

HollywoodNews.com: Either the Twilight franchise is running out of news, or Michael Welch is stepping farther into the spotlight. The actor who plays the minor character Mike Newton in the Twilight films suddenly got a lot of press this week. Though the actor hadn’t quite made himself scarce when it came to the films (e.g., he has done the occasional interview and appeared at some Official Twilight Conventions), to see so much of him so suddenly (even during a film premiere month) is unexpected.

So, where has Michael Welch appeared, and what has the actor had to say? E! Online recently reported on his verbose defense of Kristen Stewart with respect to her now infamous “rape” remark to Elle UK. “Look, I certainly see what she was getting at in terms of feeling violated. Obviously it was an over-the-top comment. It’s tough to navigate in this world like what is necessarily appropriate or not,” said Welch. “I can just tell you, knowing Kristen, that she is, I think, very misunderstood in a lot of ways. And an incredibly sweet and talented and hard-working and really fun and funny person when you really get to know her and sort of get past all that other stuff. She’s really cool.” In other comments to E! Online, Welch went on to insist that most of what is written about Robert Pattison in gossip rags isn’t true.

In an interview with On the Red Carpet, Welch also sung the praises of Taylor Lautner, saying his co-star “is just getting better and better. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with that guy. He’s just handled this whole world with such grace. He’s really just handled it well and he’s improving as an actor and he’s incredible.”

Yet, it’s not just his co-stars Welch has been talking about—in this week’s Los Angeles Times piece, he spoke of himself: “It’s funny, I didn’t look very good in ‘New Moon.’ I noticed that,” Welch said. “I think a lot of people noticed that. I’ve been working out since the beginning of the year; I finally just had to get a trainer. I just can’t do it on my own. I’m not motivated enough, but this is Hollywood.”

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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